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.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Introducing the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation

The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is a new organization created to support Sister City activities and exchanges between Charlottesville, VA, USA and Winneba, Central Region, Ghana.  The Foundation has been incorporated as a non-profit organization by the Commonwealth of Virginia and has submitted its 501(c)3 application to the IRS so that it can receive tax-deductible contributions.  

The Foundation's Board of Directors will include community leaders from both Charlottesville and Winneba.  The initial Board includes Dave Norris, Nana Ghartey and J.J. Baiden-Amissah.   Additional Board members will be added during 2013 and beyond.  Charlottesville attorney Peter McIntosh has generously provided pro-bono legal services to help get the Foundation established.

The biggest obstacle to pursuing mutually-beneficial projects and partnerships between Charlottesville and Winneba -- be it a new Public Library in Winneba, a new West African Artist-in-Residence Program in the Charlottesville City Schools, or any number of other collaborations -- is not political or cultural or logistical in nature.  It is financial.  Accordingly, the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation will focus much of its energy on raising critically-needed funds in support of these collaborations.  

With Charlottesville planning to send its third official delegation to Winneba in May of 2013, the Foundation will hit the ground running in early 2013 to help generate financial donations toward this trip.  You can expect to hear more from the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation in the very near future!     

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Come Dance for Winneba on May 19!

Roger Voisinet, who participated in the May 2011 Charlottesville delegation to Winneba, is hosting a huge outdoor dance party at his beautiful, riverfront Woolen Mills home on Saturday, May 19, to raise money for upcoming Charlottesville-Winneba Sister City collaborations.  Lots of great food, wine, beer, live music from Soul Transit Authority and much more -- don't miss out!  Tickets are $30 per person.  For more info., please visit  See you there!