THANKS FROM #EVERYWOMANCAN2016 & WELCOME TO APRIL
Before I get into April, I really want to express heartfelt THANKS to everyone who was a part of #EveryWomanCan2016. The event was awesome, and I’m not the only one who is saying that. I really appreciate all my sponsors (DSV Group, LLC, Save Watar, Denise Dixon, Bertha Cross, Satay Israel, Alex Flemmings, Shaka Watson, Cody Curry, Read Across Jamaica, Umoja Kuumba, Balando Dulston, Brenda Liddell, and Black Child Development Institute-DC Metro) who did not hesitate to be a part of the event. This event is all about the promotions and connections that you make which are priceless so know that you still have my support.
To the performers Jasmine Pope, Tasha Tee and Lady Flame, you ladies killed it and I was enjoying the performances so much that I did not even want to stop to take photos or videos. People are still talking about you so please understand that YOU were the real stars on Saturdays and I am blessed to know you so I can share you with others.
Wayne RawbornProd Bennett!!! Rawborn!!! Rawborn!!! – one word for you: GENERAL. Music did so sweet that I am still dancing in my head. Big ups. To Ichelle Cole, Yvonne Deane-Hibbert and Strykers Posse, I am forever indebted to you. Thanks for the last minute backing and for always being so professional and for always, always selling so many tickets. You ROCK and your sets were sUweeeeeeeeeeeeet!! To Dorian Bean-Lipscombe of Boutique on the Hill and the fabulous models Marvett Nelson, Natasha Queen, Ivel M’sa Felder, Alyse and Ethlyn – the “runway” at Sweet Home Jamaica will never be the same again and you all looked so beautiful and classy. Thanks bunches and since those clothes fit you so well, go forth and shop!!! Alex Flemmings, I love you like how Jesus love the little children. Thanks for sticking and staying with me to the very end and I know the PEP Talk videos will be super duper great. Shaka Watson, one word – BOOM!!! Once again, your photos tell the story and you are such a joy to work with. Khani Fya Ball Smith, I really love and appreciate you for working with me on Saturday and for spending more than 24 hours with me. I enjoyed having you with me and you did an awesome job at the door. To Jason from Sweet Home Jamaica, we are partners for life so thanks for allowing me to come and transform the venue and just do my thing. You are such a cool Brother and I really love your restaurant.
Please check out the photos from Shaka at the link below, stay connected to each other and email me under separate cover so we can continue to work together.
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.