***FINAL STRETCH TARGET***
All of the participants have said they would like to go for an extra day, so our last appeal is for some money to cover food and extra expenses for a fourth day - about £600.
Can we make this final push?
***NEXT STRETCH TARGET***
Our young team have met up today and we have discussed how we might enhance the camp further, with a focus on making it more fun for its participants.
Mangoes become ripe about the time of the camp, so we want to be running some activities, to enable children to go search for and consume what is likely heir favourite fruit - mangoes! We'll also cook them as part of the evening meals. We'll make a game of collecting and cooking mangoes!
Our LARP activity is very basic at the moment and we would like to make monster masks, weapons and shields ahead of the camp and also make some additional props on site, such as tree houses, which will require purchase of wood and perhaps some binding rope. We are still to finalise the LARP story, so there may be some additional items that need purchase. Some examples right here:
- wood and foam for 40 swords
- water balloons
The LARP story will be published here shortly...
We'd like to make a clay oven on site - there's no gas or electricity - so that we can bake. We'd also like to make our own soap and moisturising cream for the children at the camp and show them how they can make it themselves during the event.
We'd like to include a campfire on the last night to include everyone and add sports in the early morning and evenings before it is dark.
With some additional contingency we believe that £3,400, should be enough to cover these additional items.
Two weeks to go - can we make it?
***THIRD STRETCH TARGET***
We have discussed what we could achieve if we raised more money again and the key benefits would be for us to improve the residential facilities and increase the numbers of tables and chairs for visitors to the convention. Buying lots for a one off event does not make sense, so we are going to buy tables and chairs that can be used in the nursery that we have on site during term time and improve the sleeping failities, so that they are more secure and help prevent mosquitoes.
Tables will be purchased at 60,000 for two (£6 each), but we will acquire 40 tables - £180
We will also need 20 benches at £6 each - £120 - to handle additional paricipants and these will also help the nursery children after the event has taken place.
One of the existing rooms will be closed off with a door, to make a sealed room, that we can use at the Convention for the game design workshops and championship games. This will later be turned into an additional classroom for the nursery after the event. Estimate £100.
Lastly, we will add a door and windows, to improve security in he main dormitory building. Estimate £350 for this. After the Convention, the work will contribute towards the cost of the secondary school that we plan to open in 2019.
We said that if we reached our target, we would start to extend the Convention to other more remote areas, where we are already working or nearby districts.
***SECOND STRETCH TARGET REACHED***
This weekend we have been training up Jane and Joseph, two young adults, who are going to be starting up clubs in Agago, Pader, Amuru and Nwoya districts. Joseph is handling Agago and Pader and Jane Amuru and Nwoya.
So, the second stretch target is to cover the costs of Jane's two new clubs to travel to the convention in Koro and be supported while they are there, with food and accommodation.
More information on Jane and Joseph in an update coming soon.
***FIRST STRETCH TARGET REACHED***
Last December, we visited Agago, which is near the Karamoja border and Pader with the Gamechangers Road Trip. We met many children there, many of them friends of our young trainees, as they also come from this area of Uganda, and their response to the games was very positive.
So, our priority group will be the Pader and Agago boardgame groups. If we can find a further £500, then we can transport and feed this group on our home site. Agago (Kalongo town) is around 100 miles away across very poor roads, so it is a very remote place.
Please help us reach this target, so we can enhance the event with more enthusiastic young boardgamers.