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Playing to Win

A photograph of the author, Molly Mitchell.

By Molly Mitchell

November 15, 2018

Playing to Win
Clementine Ayertey, 4, reviews the alphabet at home.
Clementine Ayertey, 4, reviews the alphabet at home.

“I did not see the importance at first. I thought playing with babies like that was time wasting. After I started, I noticed Clementine is becoming more active. So I became more involved.” Now, she said, “We love it!”

–Patience Gamah, 23

As part of the childhood nutrition project in Ghana, Stephen Ayertey Amiteye and Patience Gamah got childhood development training right alongside the business classes that have helped them build a successful poultry operation. They learned games to play with their daughter, Clementine, to teach her numbers, colors and motor skills. Making play a priority is new to the family, but after some initial skepticism they found it deeply rewarding.

Read more: Fighting Childhood Malnutrition in Ghana