Love made visible |

Love made visible

Dear Editor:

The International Day of Peace gathering last Sunday to benefit Maat Hetep, a Village of Peace in Ghana, West Africa, was a smashing success! Maat Hetep is a grantee of the Aspen nonprofit organization, WildiZe.

Hosted by Inside OUT Africa, the community celebration in Carbondale was filled with music, dancing, African-style food, face painting for the kids, and at dusk, fire-spinning. The behind-the-scenes theme of the event was, “love is made visible when we co-create” and in that light, we would like to thank all the volunteers and the entire community that gathered in unity. A special thanks to all who prepared the amazing African food and donated the compostable wares, the entertainment, the kids corner crew, massage therapist, photographer, videographer and Bridges High School.

It takes a community to raise a village, and together, we’ve raised $4,000 for Maat Hetep, which will go toward purchasing a plot of land, a well and pump, plus the building of the main performance center as Maat Hetep begins to realize their vision of creating a Village of Peace, including a school, orphanage, sustainable energy sources, organic farming and eco-tourism.

Thank you, one and all.

Rochelle Norwood and Julie Hart


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