Get involved! Quest to Bidibidi: Reaching Uganda's largest refugee settlement during CV-19
Uganda currently hosts over 1.3 million refugees (UNHCR 2020), the third largest number in the world, with Bidibidi, in north-western Uganda, being one of the largest single refugee settlements in the world. It is estimated that 50% of the Bidibidi population is under the age of 12 (UNHCR 2020).
At East African Playgrounds, we believe that all children everywhere deserve to play. Without safe play, refugee children’s potential for a brighter future is severely limited. A lack of educational opportunities and unresolved trauma can have a lasting negative impact on the mental and physical health and employment prospects of refugee children.
We are a charity that has been dedicated to providing effective play-based learning programmes and safe, exciting play facilities for over 10 years, working to change the future outcomes for vulnerable children for whom play is often a forgotten part of their childhood. To date, East African Playgrounds has helped over 500,000 children through play interventions, working alongside communities to empower them to benefit from the power of play.
Last year, East African Playgrounds helped over 69,000 refugee children in Uganda recover through play and we want to continue helping even more! East African Playgrounds are delighted to be benefitting from the UK governments Aid Match Appeal, where for every donation received by UK residents from 1 March – 1 June, they will match donations pledged – doubling the impact of our work. However, as Uganda continues to host huge numbers of refugees, more vulnerable children than ever, need our support.
Quest to Bidibidi - How you can get involved
Alongside the UK Aid Match Appeal, aptly named ‘Play for Brighter Futures’, we have developed our own fundraising challenge - ‘Quest to Bidibidi’. During lockdown, we want you and your family, friends or work colleagues to get together virtually and take part in your favourite activities or creative challenges and together journey a total of 8,800km – the distance between the charity’s UK headquarters and the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda.
Teams that have taken part so far have raised over £2,000, enough to provide equipment for the East African Playgrounds’ educational play team to train educators in eight communities, on how to use play to enhance children’s learning and healthy development. Over 100 people have got involved to date, and, with your input, we can achieve even more!
So let’s have some fun and get active during lockdown, all while helping to raise awareness for vulnerable children in refugee communities who need our support now more than ever. To find out more and to get involved head to www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org.
Date posted: May 2020
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