I performed at an event last Friday for Africa Heartwood Project.
The event was covered in WSU’s campus paper, The Signpost:
Posted by: Laurie Reiner By Laurie Reiner March 24, 2012.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee held a benefit dance Friday night to raise money for an orphanage in Africa created by the Africa Heartwood Project. Africa Heartwood Project founders Andy and Kayla Jones first opened the orphanage in 2008 and houses about 50 Liberian children.
According to Kathy Gambles, who spoke about the relocation efforts, these orphans are a product of Liberia’s 17-year civil war. “Liberia is now settled,” Gambles said. “Ghana is not a safe place.”
The dance included a live DJ, a raffle, an African dance performed by Britta Visser Stumpp, and a video about the orphanage playing on mute on a loop until the end of the event when Gambles discussed it and played it for the audience. Stumpp began studying African dance three years ago after her belly dance teacher said she was teaching an African dance class at WSU, where Stumpp worked in the Stewart Library. “It was hard at first, but once you get into it, then it’s a spiritual awakening in your body,” Stumpp said.