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Sister City since 1989

The Accra Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International has been involved in humanitarian, medical, cultural, and education initiatives, as well as promoting trade and business. The Committee focuses on humanitarian efforts like fundraising for a modern hospital in Ghana; coordinating a relief effort with the United States Embassy in Accra that resulted in immediate shipment of needed medical supplies and children's clothing to Accra; and coordinating and shipping 25,000 donated books and educational materials to Accra for use in a citywide mobile library program. In 2006, the committee hosted the Tapestry Fashion Show featuring eight renowned Chicago fashion designers. The designers created one-of-a-kind garments with traditional Ghanaian textiles. From an environmental standpoint, the committee hosted “Chicago Worldview: Impacting the Environment of Ghana.” This panel discussed the practices and long-term benefits Chicago will have on the rural and urban areas of Ghana.

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Committee Chair: Linda Quarshie

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    Chicago-Accra Sister School Relationship

    Chicago’s Francis W. Parker School and Accra’s Tuskegee International School have had a productive sister school relationship since 2006. Led on the Chicago side by Parker First Grade Teacher Bev “Greenie” Greenberg, the two schools have participated in numerous educational exchanges. Greenie is currently in Accra and blogging about her experiences. Read the blog and…

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    ACCRA: Israel Idonije Foundation Visits Ghana

    From March 30–April 8, 2014, Chicago Bear Israel Idonije traveled to Ghana with his Israel Idonije Foundation (IIF) to launch a 5-year partnership with Free The Children’s Adopt a Village Program . Through this platform, IIF built a schoolhouse; constructed clean water systems, including latrines and wells; supported health awareness programs; and provided resources for sustainable community…

    Accra Committee Donate Books to Accra High School

    The Accra Committee under the direction of Robert Acquaye, donated books – 4 boxes each – to Accra Girls High School, Accra High School, Ghana Library Board and Joy FM, all in the city of Accra and Oasis Christian Academy in Kumasi.

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    KICkin’ It for Ghana

    Help bring a Ghanaian Youth U14 team to Chicago this summer for an Olympic-style international youth soccer tournament played along the lakefront, the Chicago KICS CUP. Enjoy live music by Blue Sky Blind, complimentary beer and wine, and light appetizers while supporting a great cause! We will also have a silent auction featuring items such as…

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    Ghana Youth Soccer Team Fundraiser

    The Accra Committee of CSCI and the Chicago KICS Foundation is proud to announce that a team from Ghana has been identified to receive a grant to compete in the 2014 Inaugural Chicago KICS Cup in July 2014. Together, the Accra Committee and the Chicago KICS Foundation are hosting a benefit to help bring the…

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    Chicago Sister Cities International Festival

    The 8th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival transforms Daley Plaza into an international village filled with food, music, dance and merchants, August 5-9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Chicago’s 28 international sister cities will be represented at the festival, where visitors will be able to sample international cuisine and view live cultural…

    Accra Committee Fundraising Reception

    The Accra Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International celebrated Ghana’s 51st Republic Anniversary with a fundraising reception at Akainyah Gallery. The proceeds of the event will help to send textbooks to schools in Accra with Books for Africa.

    Books for Africa

    The Accra Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International raises money for Books for Africa to ship 22,000 textbooks to children in need and stock libraries with outdated books in Accra, Ghana. Currently, books in some of the libraries in Accra and surrounding towns have copyright dates in the 1960s and ’70s. Additionally, the government has built…