With financial support from Irish Aid, ChildFund is currently working on a programme to improve early childhood development (ECD) in Uganda. A new ECD centre for children has been built in Okwece in mid-Western Uganda. It lies approximately 225 kilometres Northwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. The Okwece centre (pictured below) is the only ECD centre that meets basic standards in the area, but it is not complete yet: it needs playground materials! Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. Emotional, social, motor and cognitive learning is accelerated, facilitated, and fuelled by the pleasure of play. Aside from the positive impact it has on children’s development, we should not forget also that every kid deserves to laugh, to have fun and to be happy playing with their friends!
In November our colleagues Clodagh Byrne, ChildFund Ireland’s Programme Officer, and Brendan Kenny, ChildFund Ireland’s Chairman, took part in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. They were running to raise funds for the playground in Uganda. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has already contributed to this great cause, which to date has raised over €1900! The costs to fully equip the centre with a swing set, climber, slide, see-saw, platform and a merry-go-round amount to €4,600 – as we are nearly halfway there, we need just another €2,700 to reach our target!
(to find out more about the project, visit our direct action page here: http://www.childfund.ie/get-involved/direct-action/)
As Christmas is a time for children to enjoy their free time and to play, it seems appropriate to be fundraising for a playground which will provide young Ugandan children with a space and opportunity for them to play with their school mates. After all, every child deserves to laugh, to have fun and to be happy playing with their friends!
Please make a donation now if you can!
Donations can be made by credit or debit card through our website or over the phone – please call us on 01 6762128.
Postal donations should be marked ‘Run’ and sent to ChildFund Ireland, 22 Windsor Place, Dublin 2.
You can also donate making a transfer from your bank account – our details are as follows:
Name of Bank: Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Account No: 68054267
Sort Code: 90-00-33
IBAN No: IE50 BOFI 9000 3368 0542 67
BIC Code: BOFI IE 2D
If you are in the neighbourhood please drop by and say hello, it’s always great to meet our sponsors in person. Better still, come in and join us for a refreshing dip! You will not only be contributing to something that will make a big difference in these children’s lives, you will be doing so in good company – Ireland’s only chess grandmaster Alexander Baburin will also be joining us on what promises to be a fun day.
Thank you for your continued support and a very Happy Christmas from all at ChildFund!