Play Action International

Play Action International

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  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • International development
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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Founded in 2009 by two University students, we’re proud to be in our 14th year working with Higher Education students! In this time, we have built over 420 playgrounds in East Africa, estimating to impact over 750,000 children! But play is just for fun, right? Wrong! Play is a fundamental building block to a child’s development and education. It gives children social, cognitive and physical skills to apply in everyday life. But most importantly, a playground gives a child a childhood. In East Africa, play is not seen as important – labour is the priority. Our playgrounds are built at hospitals to aid recovery, refugee settlements to act as spaces for emotional outlet, and at schools to introduce play as a fundamental part of education.


We provide 2 projects. Institutions can choose to offer Project Play: Uganda and/or Project Play: Kenya to their students. Being a not-for-profit organisation, Play Action International do not use third party travel agents or contactors. This keeps overhead costs low and optimises social value, allowing for a low fundraising target, with a high percentage going directly to beneficiaries.

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