Posts Tagged ‘Ghana’


This is Lovetta Conto. She’s 16 years old, and I just got something from her that I treasure.

Lovetta was born in Liberia but fled to Ghana with her father as a refugee from her home country’s civil war. She grew up in the refugee camp, attending school as best she could, required to spend hours a day fetching water. She says, “…going through the war gave me my strength, and I knew it was not the end of my life. I envisioned myself as a tree growing up, growing fruit and giving my fruit to other people who needed help. My imagination saw me as more than I was. I knew I had to create a future for myself.”

Bringing her tree imagery to life, Lovetta has created wearable art that I love. The Akawelle necklace (AKA=also known as, WEL’LE=love) has two parts: a small leaf pendant stamped with the word “LIFE” and a round pendant that is the bottom of a spent bullet casing. The leaf pendant is also made from the melted casings of bullets. The area of Liberia where Lovetta is from was riddled with bullets—there were places where so many fired and discarded casings littered the ground, you would have to shuffle to avoid stepping on them and slipping. They were like fallen leaves covering the earth. The war ended in 2003, and still, spent shell casings can be found all around.

The bullets are collected for Lovetta by a man in her former region who splits each one open by hand. She buys the bullets from him for her jewelry and he uses the money to keep his kids in school.

100% of the profits from Lovetta’s Akawelle necklaces goes to the Strongheart Fellowship and the Strongheart House, a home and healing shelter in Liberia for children orphaned by war and other circumstances.

I wear mine every day.

Playing For Change Update

Happy Holidays from The Playing For Change Foundation

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Hello Playing For Change Family!

To ALL of our PFC friends and supporters we’d like to say Thank You from the Playing For Change Foundation! We appreciate your support and generosity this year.

2009 has been an exciting year for the Playing For Change Foundation. We have nearly completed construction of the Bizung School of Music & Dance in Tamale, Ghana, developed a music program in the Tintale village of Nepal, and are progressing, as planned, with music classes and special events at the Ntonga School in Gugulethu, South Africa.

We are also proud to announce the development of the INTORE MUSIC & CULTURE CENTER in Kigali, Rwanda in partnership with the incredible organization LEAF International! The Intore Culture & Music Center will give hope, housing and music training to Rwanda’s future leaders by providing support to Rwandan street orphans affected by the 1994 genocide. To learn more about this incredible program, or to make a donation directly to this program, please visit

We couldn’t do any of this without you. As the season of giving is upon us, we ask for your help to continue giving hope to the world’s children through the powerful gift of music. CLICK HERE to donate to PFCF and all of our amazing programs! Help us carry the amazing momentum of 2009 into the new year!

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, filled with love, laughter, and MUSIC!

One Love,
Whitney, Thea, Shauna
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