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On behalf of the Birmingham-Ghana Sister Cities Committee, we bid you an eager "Akwaaba", which means a spirited and warm "Welcome" in Ghana-West Africa!

Birmingham’s newest sister cities relationship is quickly establishing a notable foundation of service and positive cultural exchange here in the Magic City and in Winneba, Ghana.

Nestled along the warm tropical waters of the Gulf of Guinea on the red soiled land of Ghana; Winneba is a historic and vibrant fishing town located just 35 miles west of the capitol city of Accra. Winneba is known for its fishing, pottery trades, the University of Education, smiling faces as well as the elaborate annual musical deer-hunting Aboakyer festival.

For decades, Birmingham citizens, have created a strong service oriented relationship with Winneba town leaders and locals. Tabernacle Baptist Church along with assistance from members of various churches pioneered one of the first large scale service projects called “Project Ghana”, which involves building a public library, medical outreach in Winneba and other service-oriented projects.

In April of 2008, then Birmingham City Councilman Roderick Royal and Birmingham Sister Cities Director Scotty Colson led a delegation of city and community leaders to Ghana for a cultural/economic exchange visit. Winneba's Chief Neenyi Ghartey VII visited the Magic City in 2008 and was warmly welcomed by Birmingham City leaders and a host of community leaders at a public reception at Tabernacle Baptist Church visited and worked on a library project in 20017 and 2010. During his visit, Birmingham City leaders awarded Chief Ghartey with the key to the City of Birmingham and the Birmingham- Ghana (Winneba) Sister City relationship was publicly recognized and approved at a Birmingham City Council Meeting.

Through education, cultural exchange and service commitment, the Birmingham-Ghana(Winneba) Sister Cities committee looks forward to building a long lasting relationship with Winneba all while providing opportunities for people to experience a rewarding social and economic exchange like no other.  We are also building a library in Ashaiman!

For more information, please e-mail the Birmingham- Winneba Ghana Sister Cities at Birminghamghana.sistercities@gmail.com .

LATEST NEWS

In 2014, students from Jackson-Olin, ASFA, Altamont, and John Carroll went to Ghana and it was a huge success and a life changing experience for all involved. They hope to establish an E-pal program in the future. On March 9th, we had a wonderful Independence Day celebration.

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In June 2014 the second delegation of young ambassadors will travel to Ghana to build on in the inspirational success of our first group.  We also have been notified that the library that local churches have been working on has received funding from the Ghanaian government that will allow it to be finished!

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- 2013:

The Birmingham Ghana Committee proudly announces the 2014 Birmingham Global Leadership Youth Group (BGLYG) Exchange Trip and the Akwaaba Sankofa Cultural Experience Excursion to Ghana, West Africa. Both trips will commence on June 5-15, 2014.  The BGLYG is an educational, service and cultural exchange trip designed to provide rising high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to positively serve, engage, and learn with fellow Ghanaian students in Ghana. The goal of this project is to educate students on the importance of supporting global cooperation and cultural development between the students of the Birmingham metropolitan community and communities in Ghana. This hands-on global exchange with Ghanaian students will help develop effective leaders poised to address key social issues. Application for Birmingham- area rising juniors and seniors are currently being accepted.  To learn more information and obtain an application, please e-mail Birminghamghana.sistercities@gmail.com. Application Deadline is January 27, 2014.

The Akwaaba Sankofa Cultural Experience Excursion is a cultural trip designed to provide working professionals a firsthand experience to engage, learn and socialize with professionals in Ghana while touring various sites throughout Ghana, West Africa. Participants will be fully immersed in the West African culture through tours, participating in local events and interacting with local, dignitaries and Ghanaian professionals from various professional backgrounds. Interested participants can gain more detailed information by e-mailing Birminghamghana.sistercities@gmail.com.

 Deposit Deadline is December 31, 2013

- August 2011:

Birmingham City Mayor, Honorable William Bell, along with the Birmingham City Council recognized the service efforts of the inaugural class of Birmingham Global Leadership Youth Group in Ghana, West Africa.

Video News Report of the First Lady of Ghana hosting the inaugural class of  BLYG.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egvm09yeqBo&list=WL-Jn1R4O_GP7jo55gQ_rK8nhiOIVrDM67

- Aug. 1, 2011:

- June 1, 2011:

The Birmingham Sister Cities Commission: Ghana Committee escorted six Birmingham area high school students to Ghana, West Africa, in June 2011 as part of the inaugural Birmingham-Winneba, Ghana Sister Cities global student exchange trip. The trip was held on June 23- July 2, 2011.

The goal of the exchange  was to educate students on the importance of supporting antipollution initiatives, global cooperation and cultural development between the students of the Birmingham metropolitan community and communities in Ghana. This hands on global exchange with Ghanaian students helped to develop effective leaders poised to address key social issues.

The 2011 class of leaders represent five different high schools in the metropolitan area. The students are Tonisha Gallimore of Jackson-Olin High School; Chandria McCurdy of Ramsay High School; Imani Anderson and Jillian Claire Hamilton of The Altamont School; Khrystena Bonner of Clay-Chalkville High School and Caitlin Thomas of Alabama School of Fine Arts.

When the leaders returned  they shared their experiences with peers at their respective schools, highlighting the education, cultural and social components of their travels in Ghana. You can stay up to date on the BGLYG's travel experience on various articles and first hand reports on http://www.al.com/travel/.

- June 1, 2011:

Project Ghana: A missionary group led by Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Pastor Christopher Hamlin is presently building a library in the Winneba community. The mission trip to Winneba occurred on June 17- June 27, 2010.

Akwaaba Reception: An informal reception introducing the Birmingham- Winneba Sister City partnership and the celebrating the official signing was held on November 15, 2009 at the Birmingham Museum of Art from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

 

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