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One primary way in which we raise awareness and funds for our work in Africa is through local events, organized by volunteers. From World Music Benefit Concerts to drum circles to open mic nights, our communities have rallied to support these grassroots initiatives to make a difference. YOU are invited to be proactive and get involved! Please contact us to discuss your ideas for the next great Africa Heartwood Project fundraising event.

Current AHP Events

Judge Memorial Interact Club Annual Fundraiser - Students and faculty from the Africa Outreach Club and the Rotary Interact Club plan and host events to raise funds for the water system at the new Heartwood Orphan Homestead.

Banquet (see flier)
Where: St Vincent's Holy Family Hall
When: April 13, 2013 6pm
Tickets required in advance to allow for food preparation - Conctact Victoria Cabal at 801-517-2133

Jeans for Jesus
Where: Judge Memorial Catholic High School campus
When: April 12, 2013 -all day
Students and faculty donate money to wear steet clothes in place of uniform on Jeans for Jesus day.

Community Drum Circle for Heartwood Orphan Home - Last Satuday of Every Month - Dancing Cranes Imports, SLC. Like our Facebook page for updates and invitations!

Where: Dancing Cranes Imports (673 E. Simpson Ave, off 700 East and 2240 S. - Salt Lake City, UT)
When: Last Saturday of every month, 6.30-8pm
Who: Open to the public of all ages, beginners welcome. Facilitated by Andy Jones or other local African drummers
What: Community drum circle where drums are provided to join in the beat created by the facilitator.

Entry by donation of any amount to the Heartwood Orphan Home.

Past AHP Events

Queer Spirit Village Water Project - Fundraising Events

Jerry Buie and the Queer Spirit community in Salt Lake City, Utah have been inspired to raise funds to provide Kukwaado village with a clean water bore hole! Starting November 10th a series of drum circle fundraisers in Salt Lake City, in connection with local media awareness campaigns, will be launched to raise the $7,000 required to provide the hundreds of residents of Kukwaado with the gift and right to life-saving water.

Drumming Workshop with Andy Jones
February 9, 2013 (Saturday), 2-6pm, SLC
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Benefit Concert with Leraine Horstmanshoff, The Hardy Brothers, and the Africa Heartwood Drum & Dance Ensemble
March 2, 2013 (Saturday), 7pm, SLC
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Singing Circle with Stacey Cole
March 10, 2013 - 2-4pm, Dancing Cranes Imports

Good Bird Design Water Project Fundraisers

We are happy to announce another grassroots collaboration with Amy Moon and the Good Bird Design community in Highland, UT. They have selected Fawomanye village as the beneficiary of their community action bake sales, craft markets, and school awareness campaigns! The efforts of the children, mothers, and families in this neighborhood will provide clean water for over 300 people in Fawomanye!

Refugee Orphan Home Drum Circle Fundraisers
This event raised funds for the establishment of the Hartwood Orphan Home in ZuannahTown, Liberia.

Where: Eccles Community Art Center (2580 Jefferson Avenue Ogden, UT 84401)
When: January 20th, 2012 (6.30pm); February 17th, 2012 (6.30pm); March 17th, 2012 (6.30pm), July 14, 2012 (6.30pm)
Facilitated by: Andy Jones, Founder of Africa Heartwood Project, & Deja Mitchell, organized by Kathy Gambles


Get more information at: www.africaheartwoodproject.org/move_to_liberia.php

Photos from Drum Circle, 18 Nov 2011, Ogden, UT

Read the front-page newspaper article about this drum circle!

Eagle Scout Drum Circle for Water

Todd Zimmerman and his family have organized a community drum circle in Layton, UT, to raise funds to install a water well at our Heartwood Orphan Home in Liberia. We love to see individual pro-active efforts like this to mobilize at the grassroots level to make a difference for those in need. Thank you, Todd and the Zimmermans!

Friday, July 6, 2012. 6-8pm. 1402 N Fort Lane. Layton, UT

9th Annual Red Dress Party

Deja Mitchell, Drew, and their Crew will be partying in Red for a good cause. On the menu: camping, live music, dancing, drumming, burning, costuming, connecting, revitalizing, giving. All proceeds benefit the Heartwood Orphan Home in Liberia. We are grateful for the generosity of those who donate their time and skill to make this unique event such a great success every year. Thank you!

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012. 2pm into Sunday morning.

The Tribal Run - The Africa Heartwood Project Drum Ensemble will be providing rhythmic support for multiple live radio promotions at Gold's Gym locations across the Wasatch Front. We will also be providing entertainment at the event on August 2-3rd, 2012 at Miller Motor Sports Park. A portion of registration proceeds will donated to Africa Heartwood Project. Learn more here.

The Ugandan Orphans Choir

Africa Heartwood Project is hosting a one hour performance by this performing group, consisting of children who perform traditional song, dance, and rhythm from East Africa. Entry is by donation to the AHP Refugee Orphan Home at Buduburam Refugee Camp. Learn more about the Choir here.

Where: North Star Elementary School. Salt Lake City, UT
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 6.30pm

Weber State Student Athlete Dance

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee has volunteered to organize an awareness building and fund raising event on campus for all Weber State students and the Ogden community. Join us for a fun night of music, dancing, prizes, and more! Click here to see the flier.

Where: Union Center Ballrooms, Weber State University
When: March 23, 2012 - 7pm
Cost: $3 donation to Africa Heartwood Project at the door

Organized by Amy and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, conceived and supported by Andrea Lauritzen.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" and Drum Circle with Africa Heartwood Project and Amnesty International
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.

Following the screening Andy Jones of Africa Heartwood Project will discuss the charity's efforts to relocate some 30 orphan children and youth from Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana back to Liberia. Donations are being accepted to finance their repatriation.

Where: Weber State University Campus
When: February 24, 2012.
-Drum Circle, 12:00-1:00pm, Fireplace Lounge
-Film Screening, 6:00-7.30pm, Wildcat Theatre
Facilitated by: Organized by community organizer and AHP volunteer, Kathy Gambles, in facilitation with Weber State's Amnesty International Chapter.

For event details contact volunteer Kathy Gambles on 801-725-9508.

"Find Your Rhythm" Yoga Workshops - Our friends at localYOGA in Salt Lake City have sponsored these unique workshops to raise awareness and funds for AHP's Refugee Orphan Home. To stay informed about upcoming events like this, please like our page on Facebook! January and October 2011

Water Project Drum Circle Fundraisers (see flier)
Kathy Gambles, Deja Mitchell, and Angel Spa in Ogden organized this event to raise funds for the Angelic Connection Water Project, which provided a bore hole for Kofi Tabrikrom, Central Region, Ghana.

Open Mic Fundraiser - March 11, 2011
Organized by Mary-Kate Metzger of STAND, Weber State's student anti-genocide coalition, this fundraising event was held at Borrowed Earth Emporium. The open mic featured a variety of singers and songwriters from the Ogden area and raised funds for our Refugee Orphan Home.

Angelic Connections Drum Circle Benefit - Angel Spa & Retreat - Layton, UT

World Music Benefit Concert II - October 17, 2009 - Gallivan Center - SLC, UT

World Music Benefit Concert I - March 20, 2009 - Pierpont Place - SLC, UT

Africa Heartwood Project would like to thank Google and the Google Grant Program for its donation of over $300,000 in services.  We are grateful for this substantial donation and the continued support from the Google Non-Profit Program!

QuoteThe life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and willing service.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tax Deductible -
Africa Heartwood Project is a registered 501(c)3 Public Charity in the USA
501(c)3 Registration -
Effective Date -
January 7, 2008
Registered Int'l NGO -
Ghana - October 2008
Liberia - April 2010
IRS Tax Deductible -
All donations, contributions,and gifts are tax deductible under IRS code 170
Continuous Donations -
For ongoing and automatic donations via credit card, please complete and return this form.

Africa Heartwood Project is a registered 501(c)3 Public Charity #26-2457812 in the United States effective January 7, 2008, also a registered NGO in Ghana effective October 17, 2008.
All donations, contributions,and gifts are tax deductible under IRS code 170