May 12, 2013
Eight members of the community got back from Ghana this week. It was a trip to Charlottesville's sister city, Winneba.
Every two years, a group will visit to talk about the partnership and how each community can help the other grow.
A program is in the works to bring artisans from Winneba to spend a week in each city school this fall to connect with the students on creativity, art and music.
City Councilor Dave Norris says the two communities have a lot in common: size, rich histories, development.
He says we can learn from Winneba's culture even in the way they say hello.
"I've never felt safer walking around at all hours of the day or night than I do in Winneba," Norris said. "When you meet someone on the street in Winneba, you know here we say 'how are you', in Winneba, they say 'how is your family?' You know, the family unit is so strong there so no one wants to be shunned from their family or be outcast from their family and it's just such a different dynamic."
The plan is for members of the Winneba community to come to Charlottesville next year to continue the sister partnership.