Try new foods and benefit an educational initiative at the Taste of Ghana fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave.

The event will feature foods, music and dance of Ghana. Proceeds will benefit the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program’s upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana.

ROPE is a holistic project that emphasizes the mind, body and spiritual development of young women. The participants, junior and high school girls, attend sessions two to three times per month, along with attending theater and other cultural events.

For 10 days in July, the young women will embark on an educational and cultural experience in Ghana, in conjunction with the Pittsfield School Department and Berkshire Art Regional and Technology Charter School in Adams. During the trip, the girls will also exchange with young women who attend the Educational Collaborative of Ghana, as well as tour the W.E.B. Du Bois center, The Castle (a site where slaves were transported) and other historic sites.

Most recently, ROPE members completed their tour of "Enuf!," an original production that reflected their writings of their lives in the Berkshires. This was a six-month theatrical experience in conjunction with Barrington Stage Company.

Donations to support this effort can also be submitted at www.fundme.com or sent to Women’s Fund of Western Mass., Attention: "Africa trip," 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027.


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