Monday, July 6, 2015

UVa School of Architecture Presentation -- "Winneba: Lagoon City"

Over the past year, Prof. Nancy Takahashi of the UVa School of Architecture, along with several other colleagues from Ghana, the U.S. and the U.K., has been working on an interdisciplinary environmental protection/sustainable development project in Charlottesville's Sister City of Winneba, Ghana. This Friday, July 10, the group will present a project overview and discuss their initial findings. Open to the public.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Please Join! March 26 Reception & Silent Auction to Benefit Winneba Trip

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a special event to strengthen ties between Charlottesville and our Sister City of Winneba, Ghana.

On Thursday, March 26, from 5:00-6:30pm at Feast! (416 West Main St.), the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is holding a reception & silent auction to raise funds for an upcoming trip by a Charlottesville community delegation to Winneba in May. Enjoy some tasty refreshments, see some friendly faces and place your bid on some lovely auction items! There is no cost to attend.

Many thanks to the amazingly talented artists and other generous donors who contributed items for our silent auction! Items up for bid on Thursday will include:

* Painting by Lee Halstead
* Pottery by Nancy Ross
* Painting by Darrell Rose
* Silkscreen print by Maryanna Williams
* Artwork by Megan LeBoutier
* Lap quilt of East African fabrics made by Margie Shepherd
* Photograph by John Shepherd
* Angora hand knit hat by Pat Harder
* Collection of African-themed books by Nancy Damon, longtime director of Va. Festival of the Book
* Books from Va. Festival of the Book authors
...and more!

The menu for Thursday's reception has now been announced! Many thanks to the fabulous staff at Feast! for preparing this delicious spread:

* Antipasto Platter: pickled veggies, olives, salami, prosciutto, pate and cheese
* Virginia ham biscuits: local sweet potato biscuits, chutney, VA ham
* Goats on a Date: dried dates stuffed with local goat cheese and marcona almonds
* Shabooboos: pickled peppadew peppers stuffed with our pimento cheese
* Combination of Albemarle baking company cookies and local peanut butter balls

(Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks will also be available, in addition to a cash bar for wine & beer.)

At the event, we'll also be debuting a short film created by Brian Wimer of Amoeba Films that will accompany a major Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Winneba Library Project, to launch that same day. You won't want to miss it.

Thanks and hope to see you on the 26th! Please feel free to invite friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, etc. The more the merrier.

p.s. If anyone has any items of value to contribute to the silent auction on March 26, or if you know of an artist or businessperson who might be willing to make a contribution, we would be MOST grateful for the support. Margie Shepherd has agreed to serve as our silent auction coordinator (thanks Margie!) so please contact her at to arrange for the donation. (The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax-deductible.)

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 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 ( 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.