Kofi Phillips' 30th Birthday
TO HELP IN A CHILDRENS PARK
MY FAMI LY A N D FRIE NDS HEELPED ME WIT H THIS PAGE BUT
I HAV E TYPED EVRY WORD MYSELF.
I SSPENT A LOT OFF TIME IN ACCRA WWHEN I WAS GROWING UP
I COULDN’ T WALK OR PLAY OUTSIDE THE HOUSE SAFELY. MOST
KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS G ET L EFT BEHIND.
I HAVE S AVVED $300 TO START. MY GOAL IS $3OOO. OO SO THAT
EV VERY ONE LIKE ME CAN USE THIS PARK.
CAN YOU HELP WITH $30,, $6O, OR $9O AND ASK Y0UR FRIEND S
TOO? ITT’S TAX-FREE!
The words above were written by Kofi Phillips, our brother and champion. This May, Kofi will be celebrating his 30th birthday and travelling to Accra, Ghana, his place of birth and home to not only our family but the Mmofra Children's Park.
This park, a wonderful green space located in the heart of the capital and the brainchild of our grandmother, Efua T. Sutherland, and her children (Esi, Ralph, and our mother Amowi), brings people of all ages together in an urban garden and park which brings educational opportunities (like our community garden and outdoor library) and much needed public green space to the city.
Kofi, and in fact all our lives, have been forever forged by the foundation and the park, and we want to bring this wonderful space to as many as we can. Unfortunately, the accessibility of most urban areas remains poor for people with disabilities, and we want to make sure everyone can come and enjoy this eden in the city. With your help and donations, we plan on enhancing the park's existing walkways and exhibits to make sure anyone with special needs feels at home in ours.
We are looking to raise $3,000.00 by May 28 (the day Kofi departs for Accra). We accept any and all donations, and in honor of this big birthday celebration, we encourage donations in multiples of 3 ($15, $27, $33, etc.). Thank you so much for contributing to our family's dream, and if you have any questions please feel free to email us at email@example.com
Kofi, Rachel, and Kwesi Phillips
First of all, thank you so much for everything you did for this project to become a reality for Mmofra! It is safe to say we exceeded all our expectations of what we could accomplish for accessibility in the park.
Some of the resources went towards new additional features, including seating and an all-access swing from recycled wood which hangs proudly and will soon be named "Kofi's Swing". Also, thanks to you , over 40 children with cerebral palsy, caregivers, and therapists from the organization ShareCare were able to spend a fun day in the park. This is a rare treat for communities of this kind in Accra, and part of the funds have been dedicated to making sure this happens more often.
We've published many pictures of the process of making the chair with the carpenter Joe, as well as the day in the park on our Facebook page, and you can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1121313344589993&type=1&l=f6629256cb
Special thanks to Friends of Mmofra, ShareCare, Joe the carpenter, art therapist Jennifer Compeau, Nana Yaa Agyeman, and Farida Bedwei, and to ALL OF YOU for helping make this happen. You can see more of these amazing people here:
Jennifer Compeau: https://goo.gl/CI9QuT
Farida Bedwei: https://goo.gl/ktb3mQ
Nana Yaa Agyeman: https://goo.gl/I1h3Sw
With all of our love,
The Phillips Family;
Alan, Amowi, Rachel, Kwesi, and our CEO Kofi James
WHAT A MONTH! Unbelievable support has rained in, and our family cannot emphasize how much we love all those who contributed to this amazing cause! We are T-12 hours away from Kofi's travels to Ghana with Amowi, and we have reached an astounding $4,780.00!! We would love to send Kofi with a nice $5,000.00, so please share or send this gofundme campaign one last time, we'll see if we can make this incredible goal by the end of the day. Thank you all again so much, this is absolutely one for the ages.
Kofi, Rachel, Kwesi, Amowi, and Alan