Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Charlottesville Teens Present $1,000 Check for Winneba Reading Program

Earlier today (July 2, 2014), the Teen Advisory Board for Jefferson-Madison Regional Library presented a $1,000 check to Nana Ghartey and the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation to support a new after-school reading program in Winneba, Ghana.  The teens raised the funds with a book-reading competition this summer.  "This will go a long way to help these under privileged school kids in Winneba to read," said Ghartey.  "Please help me to say a big thank you to the teens.  God richly bless them."

Monday, June 16, 2014

Threepenny Cafe Hosts June 24 "Nurses Night" Fundraiser for Cville-Winneba Foundation

Planning will soon be underway for yet another delegation of Charlottesville residents and community leaders to visit our Sister City of Winneba, Ghana, later this year.  (Stay tuned for more info. on how you can participate!)  Several nurses from the UVa Medical Center are planning to take part in the trip and volunteer in one or more of Winneba's understaffed medical clinics while in Ghana.

To kickstart the fundraising for this trip, Threepenny Cafe at 420 West Main St. in Charlottesville (formerly home to Zinc) has generously agreed to host a fun and festive fundraising event for the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation on Tuesday, June 24.  It's called "Nurses Night" and any nurse who works at UVa (or Martha Jefferson, or anywhere else in the community) will receive a big discount on drinks from the Threepenny bar from 7-10pm that night - just bring your nurse's badge or I.D.  Of course, non-nurses are totally welcome and encouraged to attend as well;  a portion of all the proceeds that evening will go to the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation ( to help offset the costs of the upcoming trip to Winneba.

For more info. on the event, here's the Nurses Night page on Facebook:

Hope to see you there!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Read a Book - Build a Library

Some very enterprising and community-minded teens in our area are challenging their peers (and the rest of us) to read books for charity. Proceeds will help build a new public library in Charlottesville's Sister City of Winneba, Ghana. Fantastic idea, kudos to the young people involved! For more info., please visit

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

UVa Map Nerds Invade Ghana!

The University of Virginia School of Architecture is entering into a new partnership with Winneba and this essay, published on 1/7/14, speaks to some of the technical challenges & opportunities that are already arising in this work.  Pretty cool stuff.

Charlottesville-Winneba Sister Cities Committee Meets to Plan for 2014 - Please Join!

Members of the Charlottesville-Winneba Sister Cities Committee will meet on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 1:15pm in the Jefferson Room on the 3rd floor of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library downtown.  Nana Acheampong-Ghartey will cater the meeting with a delicious Ghanaian lunch and members of the public are certainly invited to join.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans for the Charlottesville-Winneba Sister City partnership for 2014.  There are many projects and exchanges in the works and many opportunities for citizens of both communities (including you?) to get involved, expand your horizons, make new friendships, explore new cultures and travel halfway across the world.  Come learn more.  Hope to see you then!

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Winneba Wednesday" - April 17, 2013

Come join in the "Winneba Wednesday" fun this week and help raise funds for the Sister City collaborations between Charlottesville and Winneba!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Another Charlottesville Delegation Prepares to Visit Winneba

From April 29-May 8, 2013, another Sister City delegation from Charlottesville will visit Winneba, Ghana. This will be the third official delegation from Charlottesville to Winneba since this Sister City partnership was inaugurated in 2009.

The purpose of trip is to continue building relationships and exploring collaborative opportunities with residents, community leaders and government and university officials between the two cities. There are three formal goals for this trip in particular: 1) break ground on the new Winneba Public Library, and continue discussions on plans for the library project; 2) finalize arrangements for an West African Artist-in-Residence Program in the Charlottesville City Schools (to begin Sept. 2013); and 3) continue work on crafting a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Virginia and the University of Education at Winneba to facilitate future faculty and student exchanges, joint research projects, etc.

In addition, participants will engage in a good variety of informal activities as well (sightseeing, attending Winneba's annual Aboakyer Fesival, shopping, cultural performances, etc.). Trip participants will include representatives from Charlottesville City Council, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, City of Promise, the Ghana Association of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia and more. For most of the travelers, this will be their first visit to Africa. Needless to say, they are all quite excited for the chance to experience Ghana and to extend the bonds of friendship that the Charlottesville-Winneba Sister City partnership has been building for the past several years.