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Sandy's Portraits


When we visited Ghana in January, we took over 800 photos. Three of these have been transformed into incredible works of art that will be available at The Village event on October 2. Three girls, Dorcas, Betty and Afia were photographed at intimate moments - Dorcas, at a Rising Village dinner as she listened to our Ghana director talk about building community between families; Betty, after she had tired from trying to tie her "baby" (a piece of foam) on her back; and Afia, soon after she had been told that her family would be supplied with bedding. We remember each of these moments, and now they have been captured in a unique form of art by one of our supporters, artist Sandy Wagner. She decided to create these a portrait of each girl using artist grade colored pencils, and has graciously agreed to donate these for our event. The proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a-kind pieces will directly benefit our work with these families and others in the five villages where we work. Betty and Dorcas have mothers who are in our Income Generation program, and so we are delighted to be able to tell the women's stories at our event.

If you are in the Tulsa area on October 2, please join us at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and an introduction through stories, videos and photos of the women in our program. After the program, you are invited to shop for items made by our seamstress apprentices, jewelry made with African trade beads, Sandy's art, silk string art from Ghana, and other unique items. If you are an early Christmas shopper, this is the perfect place to purchase gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

Tickets can be purchase online here.

We look forward to seeing you on October 2.

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