Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Come to Ghana in 2015 and Connect with History

One of the many reasons that Charlottesville chose to have Winneba, Ghana as our first (and still only) non-European Sister City is that Ghana was the transit point for millions of African slaves, through slave castles like Elmina (just up the coast from Winneba). Many Charlottesville residents can trace their ancestry to or through Ghana as a result. Ghana has done a very good job of preserving and telling the tragic story of the slave trade (arguably, better than we have done here in America) and if you ever get a chance to visit Ghana and tour a place like Elmina, the memories of that experience will stay with you forever. 

Speaking of which, we are currently planning another Charlottesville community delegation to Winneba, tentatively planned for April 29-May 9, 2015. Elmina will be one of many stops on the delegation's itinerary. If you would like to join us for this trip, or just want to learn more about the trip, please join us for a planning meeting this Sunday, Jan. 25 from 1-2pm in the McIntire Room on the 3rd floor of the central library downtown (201 E. Market St.). Open to one and all, you don't have to be a resident of the City of Charlottesville to participate. If you can't make the meeting on Sunday but would like to be kept in the loop about plans for the trip, please contact Dave Norris at cvilledave@gmail.com or (434) 242-5165.

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 (www.cville-winneba.blogspot.com) 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 buildalibraryreadingchallenge.tumblr.com.

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!