Friday, February 4, 2022

Charlottesville Heads Back to Ghana!

The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is pleased to announce that we are organizing another group trip to Charlottesville's Sister City of Winneba, Ghana!  Travel dates are May 4-13, 2022 and the cost is $2,200 per person, which covers airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, travel visa, travel health insurance, admission fees, and more.  Payment is due March 1.  If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in joining us for this trip, see this Trip Info Sheet for more information: 

You are also welcome to join us for a Trip Info. Session (via Zoom) on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7pm, which will feature a lot more information about the trip, including COVID-related travel requirements and precautions. The link to participate in the Info Session is

If you have any questions about the trip in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact Dave Norris at (434) 242-5165 or

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Corey Harris and Chihamba to Perform Benefit Concert for the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation on Dec. 2!

Big news!  Corey Harris, the blues legend who hasn’t performed in Charlottesville since 2016, has agreed to headline a benefit concert at the Paramount Theater on Thurs., Dec. 2 for the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation!  Chihamba, the African dance troupe, will be opening.  This event will also double as the release party for Corey’s new album, “Insurrection Blues,” AND his new book, “Bluespeople Illustrated:  Legends of the Blues.”  Very exciting! 

Tickets are $25 each or $35 at the door.  Ticket-buyers will have the ability to purchase additional tickets to be donated to young musicians from the Music Resource Center and to local families who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend. 

The event will also feature a silent auction to raise additional funds for the Foundation's work in Winneba and for our Travel Scholarship Fund. 

Please buy your tickets now and spread the word among your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc! 

For more info on Corey:

For more info on the concert, or to purchase tickets:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Two Upcoming Opportunities to Visit Winneba, Ghana!

The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is pleased to announce that we are organizing two trips from Charlottesville to Winneba, Ghana in the coming months, scheduled around Winneba's two major annual festivals:

1) The first trip will depart on or about Dec. 29, 2021 and coincide with the Fancy Dress (Kakamotobi) Festival on New Year's Day 

2) The second trip will depart on or about May 2, 2022 and coincide with the Aboakyer Festival on the first Saturday in May 

Both trips will last approx. 10-12 days.  

If you, or anyone you know, would like more info. about these trips, please click here to view the Trip Info. Sheet.  Feel free to share this info with anyone you know who may be interested.  You do not have to be a Charlottesville city resident to participate in one of these trips.

For anyone who wants to learn more about these trips, the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation will be holding a virtual Trip Information Session (via Zoom) on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 from 7-8pm.  Zoom link is One of the many topics we will cover that evening is how travel to Ghana has been impacted by COVID, which we know is in the forefront of many people's minds right now.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Dave Norris, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation, at or (434) 242-5165.  

We are excited to be heading back to Ghana again soon, and we hope that many of you will be able to join us!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Check Out Our New Video!

We are pleased to share with you this new promotional video for our Travel Scholarship Fund.  It's beautifully done (thanks to producer Clarence Green of Underground Shorts!) and both Don Gathers & Myra Anderson do a great job of explaining why financial support for travel scholarships makes for an excellent investment in our community.

Check it out! 

Friday, November 15, 2019

We Need Your Help!

There are 20 residents of Charlottesville who dream of visiting Africa in 2020, but many of them won’t be able to go unless we raise enough money for travel scholarships. The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $15,000 for our Travel Scholarship Fund. We’re two days into our fundraising campaign, and between GoFundMe donations and direct contributions we are already 20% of our way toward our goal! Will you please help? For more info., or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit  Thank you!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Special Announcement: Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is Organizing TWO Trips to Winneba, Ghana in 2020. Sign up Now!

The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is organizing two trips to Winneba, Ghana for 2020, each limited to 30 travelers.  These "Our Roots, Our History" delegations provide a powerful and memorable opportunity to experience the vibrant culture and traditions of Charlottesville's Sister City of Winneba, and to understand the origins and history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, for which Ghana served as one of the primary transit points.

The trips will each center on one of Winneba's major annual cultural festivals - the Kakamotobi (Fancy Dress) Festival on New Year's Day, and the Aboakyer (Deer-Catching) Festival on the first Saturday in May.

For more details on on these upcoming group visits, including payment instructions, visit for a Trip Info Sheet.  Hope you can join us!