WELCOME TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH
It is a brand new month and the 36th day of 2016 already. If I start talking about how time is flying, I would be preaching to the choir so all I will say is that I hope that YOU are making the most of each day and enjoying the early days of this very short month, which falls in a leap year, and which is the month in which we celebrate BLACK History.
Many important things happened in this month years ago, but I just want to share a few of my Top 10:
Welcome to the Holidays. We are excited to report that we returned from Ghana, West Africa at the end of November and have since had an Appreciation Party on December 5 for all our donors and supporters. Very many thanks to all who attended the party and celebrated the beginning of the Holidays with us. It was an awesome party! The trip to Ghana this year was my best yet, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that I really feel like I belong there (now), plus the group I traveled with has the most incredible energy and it was a joy to be on tour with such lovely people. The real icing on the cake for me was the actual volunteer work that I did while there (this time) and interacting with the many children from 4 schools, and various individuals I met while I was there. From the donations I received at my Birthday Fundraiser, we visited the Trinity Home Academy and gave $200US to the school. We visited BenuVillage and gave $200US to the school. We visited our host school, Akoma International Academy and gave $3600 in sponsorships for a total of 13 children, spent a considerable time with the students and faculty and also donated $250 for the revamping of a new website. While we were in Ghana, we launched #EveryGirlCan Ghana and trained 3 interns who can now also facilitate the program even when we are not physically there in Ghana. Ten young ladies who attend Akoma International Academy were the first on the continent of Africa to go through the curriculum and our goal is to have at least 100 young ladies trained by 2017. Click HERE to see the EGC album and stay tuned for more from our trip to Ghana.
The children sponsored were: Kingsford Donkoh, Joyce Gyekye, Grace Essibir, Abigail Sagoe, Enoch Gyekye, Nicholas Waters, Tina Thompson, Harriett Inkoom, Monica Koomsom, Francesca Arthur, Christina Nyan, and Simon Cobbinah.
Very many thanks to our donors: Idriys Abdullah, Diane Alston, Nadia Anderson, Yasmin Anderson-Smith, Charlene Atkinson, Bobby Ball, Shirley Barnwell, Senghor Baye, Camille Benedict, Jandel Banjamin, Racquel Brown-Gaston, Bryan Bernard, Paulette Brizan, Dionne Brown, Oneal Brown, Cynthia Bruce, Lewis Buchanan, Julette Bucknor, Byron Byfield, Tony Carr, Julia Cayette-Lawson, Ron Clarke, Eric Cobbs, Kenneth Coates, Ichelle Cole, Zama Cook, Bertha Cross, Carlos Daley, Robert Darko, Niya Davis, Rudy Davis, Yvonne Dean-Hibbert, Dennis Earle, Heather Edwards, Ivel Felder, Dr. Judy Fisher, Darlene Flowers, Nakia Gaston, Newton Gaynor, Mr. Gordon, Beverley Gregory, Hardwick, Herman Hall, Shaunta Hew, Trevor Hibbert, Kathy English Holt, Jerk Pit, Damon Johnson, Danny Jordan, Rodney Jordan, Finiana Joseph, Stephen King, Lorna Kirlew, Dr. Kofi Kissi-Dompere, Vivian Ledbetter, Quanico Lewis, Charles Lincoln, Paula Long, Ihkeem Ma’at, Cheryl Magnus, Michael Malcolm, Dennis Maxwell, Pansy Maxwell, Paul McLaughlin, Carol McLean, Johnathan Medlock, Ron Munia, Dr. Claire Nelson, Marvett Nelson, Robin and Cecilyn Parke, Rosie Parke, Melrose Parks, Pamela Oguagha, Noel “Ziggy” Phipps, George Powell, Tanya Powell, Nadine Prince, Marjorie “Lady Flame” Reid, Mark Reid, Sam and Denise Richards, Derrick Rose, Suzette Salmon, Dr. Trevor Salmon, Loughton Sargeant, Madeleine Sewaii, Ethlyn Simpson, Khani Smith, Melissa Smith, Rita Smith-Stewart, Delta St-Vil, Moye Stephenson, Diane Stewart Hamlin, Dione Symes, Clarice Taylor, Delroy and Andrea Walker, Marcia Walker, Trevor Watson, Dr. Joseph Webb, Artherelle West, Richard White, Justina Wilkins, and Liselle Yorke.