PLAYTIME IN AFRICA

Updated: Jan 12

Every so often, one comes across an extraordinary endeavor that must be talked about and given prominence. This one appears in my fiction, and now I want to talk about it in real life.

Mmofra Place is a rare, two-acre sanctuary in Accra, Ghana’s capital. “Mmofra” means “The Children” in Akan, the dominant indigenous language in the country. Renowned Ghanaian writer, educator and child advocate, Efua T. Sutherland, founded the Mmofra Foundation decades ago. It’s an NGO dedicated to providing children of all backgrounds a safe, green space to learn and play.


When you arrive at Mmofra, you step into a world far removed from the noise and dust of surrounding Accra. It is quiet and shaded. The atmosphere is delightful—almost joyful—with the presence of children.


Efua’s first daughter, Esi Sutherland-Addy, and her staff are on hand to supervise the kids in their reading and play activities.


They’re encouraged to express themselves through arts and crafts, music, drama, dance, and storytelling. There are vegetable and herb gardens with drought-resistant plants, all of which the children help cultivate. Energetic and talented volunteers, including professionals and students from Ghana, the United States, Europe and Latin America, have generously donated time and funds to support Mmofra.