Successful Fundraiser and update on the project

We had the annual Hands for HOPE Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 7.  It was a great fundraiser and I want to thank everyone for coming.  It was good to see the many people who have supported this charity from the beginning.  It was also good to see several new faces.  I appreciate your support and hope to see you next year.  If everyone brought one new friend each year imagine the number of people who would find out about the great things happening in Ada Foah and the building would get the much needed funds!  Everyone is so amazing and the support you have shown is truly a blessing to me and the people of Ada Foah.

I just received a photo card from Adi today.  The building is really coming along.  It is so huge!  I am sure we will be happy that it is this large when it is completed, but who knew??  They are beginning to put on the second floor and the craftsmanship and work that has gone into this project is amazing.  They have to build the forms for the steel (rebar) to go in all of wood then pour the cement in them.  They are holding up all of the beams with bamboo.  I was always a little confused when Adi said he needed to buy bamboo. I get it now!  What an interesting sight and how amazing they are doing all of this without any machinery of any kind.  It is all done by hand.  The goal is to have this portion of the building completed by February before the rainy season comes along.  We will then be able to start working on the inside.

Looking at these pictures makes me so happy.  All of the fundraising and hard work is paying off.

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Building Update

The school building is coming along. These are the most recent pictures I have from March 2015.  People ask why it is taking so long.  Well… we can only build as we earn money.  I am working on fundraisers all of the time and hope to get the second floor on soon.  I have received several packages from Adi and have been selling his handicrafts.  Thank you to all of my teacher and school friends who helped by buying the beautiful items. I will be having a garage sale in June and then the annual Spaghetti Dinner in October/November.  It is a long time coming, but will be nice to have and not have any debt when it is completed. It is quite a large building.  They are working on the pillars for the front porch. It is interesting to see that they are filling up the pillars with bowls of cement!

Enjoy the pictures…. carrying cement filling up the pillar front porchfront getting it done huge building project 3-15

A long overdue update on the state of affairs in Ada, Ghana

DSCN5941 Adi sews on the “digital” machine I was able to bring him this year. Below the children get measured for their new school uniforms.DSCN5945 DSCN5950 DSCN6014 Adi stands in the door opening of the school.  Below you can see how big the building is as I stand out front!DSCN6019                  Below is Frances at school in Ada.  He has really done a great job!!

DSCN6088 DSCN6170 We had my “last supper” at a restaurant near the airport in Accra.  This is me, Adi, his niece Irene and my wonderful driver Jack.RSCN6095 This cute baby is Adi’s neighbor.RSCN6105It’s been too long since I last posted.  I was able to travel to Ghana in October 2014 and see how all things are coming along.  The children in Pram Pram were doing well.  Francis is now attending high school in Ada. It was great to see him. He will be graduating soon and heading to college or the tech school to become a computer programmer.

The spaghetti dinner was a hit even though there was some weather that night and the electricity went out all over town. It did not go out at the Hope Center and we had a great time eating spaghetti and renewing old friendships and making new.

The school is coming along nicely.  People keep asking when it will be completed. Well… it takes money and so we continue to fundraise and build, then fundraise some more and build.  It all depends on the money we raise. We plan to have another garage sale this summer and then we will have the annual Spaghetti Dinner in the Fall. I continue to receive items from Adi to sale.  I will have a Mother’s Day sale in the next month with some great items for your mothers: Baskets, aprons, wallets, jewelry, wooden items, etc…

I would love to have other fundraisers, however, I haven’t the time to create something.  If any of you would like to hold a fundraiser, let me know.  I would love for you to help out and I will be willing to help in anything needed.  I think having a 5K, yogathon, zumbathon, or something would really bring in some much needed funds.

Fundraising Update

It has been a successful summer of garage sales. We held the sale in June and surpassed our goal by 100%. We then held our annual family garage sale in August and were able to sell some more of the donations people had given as well as the Ghanaian handicrafts from Adi.
The American dollar has gone up in Ghana so now our dollar is worth 3 Ghana Cedis. That is good for us but bad for the economy of Ghana.
Adi and his crew are working on making the pillars to hold the ceiling/floor of the second floor. I couldn’t understand why it was taking so long other than they are on Ghanaian time, but then he told me there are 27 pillars!! All have to be built from wood first and then be reinforced with rebar and poured with cement. It is another large undertaking that I had no idea about. Even though it seems like it is taking forever, we are still on schedule. It is so time consuming to have to make all the bricks and pillars by hand. We have the same men coming to work on the building, however, they are volunteers and can only come when they are not working their “real” jobs. I am learning patience.
I have scheduled the 6th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction for November 1 at the Hope Center in Roy, Utah. If you are interested in donating baskets for the silent auction, let me know. I would like to get a jump start.
I am planning to take a trip to Ghana sometime this year and will be able to bring back some more handicrafts to sell. They are beautiful and make unique gifts.
Thank you to all of you who donated the the garage sales: The Material Girls, Cindy, Ralynne, Cheri,Kathy, Linda R., Pat, and Mom. Thanks also for your help at the sales: Jenny, Ralynne, Mom and Cheri. I couldn’t have done it without you. I really appreciate your support!! Thanks for helping me live my dream.

Garage Sale for Ghana

Back in the swing of summer fundraising.  We are having a Garage Sale for Ghana on Saturday, June 7 from 8 am-12 noon. If you have any items you would like to donate for the sale I would be happy to come get them or you can deliver them. I am asking for no TVs, computers or older clothing. They just don’t sell.  Thanks so much for all of your support this year and before you know it we will have a roof on that school house! All proceeds from the sale will go toward the building.


We held the 5th annual Hands for HOPE Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday night. It was a huge success. The local paper had an article in on Friday as well as Saturday so for the first year ever I didn’t know some of the people there. It was fantastic. We earned more money than ever before!!  The baskets were very nice and the spaghetti was delicious. Enjoy some of the pictures. Plan on coming next year, same time and place.

Project update

Our project, the Community Learning Center, is coming along. We are once again hosting a spaghetti dinner donated by the Olive Garden on November 2 at the Hope Center in Roy. This is one of our largest fundraisers. I hope you are able to attend. Contact me for tickets. They are $5 pre-sale and $8 at the door.  Take a look at the flyer for the dinner: spaghetti dinner-2013   Below are pictures of the ongoing construction. DSCN2024 DSCN2023 DSCN2022 DSCN2019 DSCN2021 DSCN2018 DSCN2017 DSCN2011 DSCN2010 DSCN2009

Time for Golf!!

We are once again holding our Annual Hands for H.O.P.E. Golf Tournament at the beautiful and scenic Wolf Creek Golf Course in Eden, Utah. It will be on Friday, June 21, 2013. It will be a shotgun start beginning at 9 AM. It is open to the first 120 players so get busy and get registered by calling 801-430-6103 or e-mail me at

Tournament Schedule

Friday, June 21, 2013  Wolf Creek Golf Course Eden,Utah   

9 a.m. Shotgun Start   

Tournament Format

  •  Four-person Scramble
  •  Field limited to first 120 players

Tournament Fee:

$100.00 per player                              

Fee includes:

  •  Greens fees and golf cart
  •  T- Shirt
  •  Continental breakfast and nice lunch

Specialty Hole Prizes

Sponsorship Opportunities:

**Eagle Sponsors – $500

Sponsorship includes:

  • Greens fees for one foursome
  • Signage at sponsored hole
  • Business name included in all tournament day material.

**Birdie Sponsors – $300

Sponsorship includes:

  • Greens fees for two golfers
  • Signage at sponsored hole
  • Business name included in all tournament day material.

**Par Sponsors – $200

Sponsorship includes:

  • Greens fees for one golfer
  • Signage at sponsored hole
  • Business name included in all tournament day material.

** All hole sponsors are welcome to station a company representative at their respective holes for further company promotion.

Latest Update

It has been a fast and furious past 5 months. Once again, we had a very successful Spaghetti Dinner in October. We were able to buy more cement, gravel and sand needed to make the bricks. As you may recall, the bricks are made one by one by hand. This is a long and tedious process as the bricks then have to sit and dry in the sun! We will eventually get this building built!

In November I was able to travel to Ghana and see the progress of the building as well as the children. I can not believe how big the children are now. They are acutally young adults. It has been 7 years since I first met them! The building has all of the footings and foundation completed. We were able to pay for the water connection to the building with some of the funds from the spagheti dinner as well. That is nice to finally have our own water line now.

In December I had an open house at my home to sell some of the great products from Adi’s souviner shop. I was able to sell lots of items and now we can get more sand, cement and the wood needed to help the project along. I still have items for sell and you can contact me if you wish to get some for gifts. I have bags, backpacks, carved wooden animals as well as bowls. All of the items are handmade and really great quality. i also have some nifty wallets that at one time I had sold out of. They are nice to keep a checkbook, coupons or other items organized in your purse.

We are now in the midst of selling cookie dough. We are working hard to earn more money. Please buy!!


Below are some pictures of my November trip.

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Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction

It’s that time again for the annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction. We will be holding it on October 13 from 6-8 PM at the Hope Center in Roy. Roy City has generously donated the space for the dinner. This year we have the catering completely donated by the Olive Garden in Riverdale.  What a great donation!! We will be having their famous bread sticks, salad and spaghetti with sauce.

If you would like to help, please let me know. We need donations for the silent auction as well as baked goods for the dessert bake sale.

We always have a great turn out and this is one of our largest fundraisers we do all year. Come have a great dinner as well as look for some fun baskets to give as gifts or keep for yourself. Check out the slide show below for some of the donations and fun from last year’s dinner.

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This summer’s golf tournament

Jen and Kennedy check in the golfers.

This summer we held a great golf tournament at Wolf Creek Golf Course in Eden. It was a sweltering hot day in the city but beautiful in the mountains!! The turn out wasn’t as large as I hoped it would be but we earned money and everyone won some great prizes as well as had a fun time. We plan to do it again in June next year so hope the word will get out and everyone will bring  two more friends!!Thank you for the donations— Click here to see the wonderful and generous sponsors.

Thanks to some great volunteers.
Ralynne, Carol and Cathy!

Happy to be golfing!!

Linda takes a shot.

Shad and Robbie take it to the limit in the golf cart!

Cheri and Karla are on to the next hole.

Our thanks to Sean and KyLee. We could not have done it with out you!

Construction has begun!

Construction work video

I received these pictures of the construction site.  Wow! They are humbling. They dug the foundation by hand. The pastor came to the site to bless the land. They have made the bricks one by one with the concrete they make in a wheelbarrow as well as bowls. At one point the car was stuck in the mud so they carried the bags of cement to the site on their heads. None of these workers is paid cash for their time and work. They are doing it because they are excited to have the computer school in their community. We do, however, feed them a nice dinner at the end of the day. I asked that they make sure they get plenty of water breaks throught the day as well.