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Our Own Debi Frock Nominated for Prestigious Award

ImageDebi Frock, the founder and Executive Director of GMHope, Inc. has been nominated for the Annual Global Professional Achievers (GPA) Outstanding Contributor Award 2011. This is an award which recognizes an individual or organization, which is non-Ghanaian that has made exceptional contributions to the well-being of Ghana and its people and promoted the image of Ghana internationally.
Ms Frock, a 2001 graduate and 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award of Stevenson University has been working in Ghana since 2005 building preschools, playgrounds and health centers in villages for the purpose of helping Ghanaian parents and teachers to build the future leaders of Africa. She will be departing for Ghana with her daughter, Dr. Kathleen Kerstetter, on Dec. 10th to attend the ceremonies.
The GPA Awards are held annually to promote and encourage creativity, innovation, dedication and excellence in Ghana’s top business and professional community. The awards also serve as a platform for motivation, networking and identifying positive role models for aspiring young people of African descent.
This year’s awards event is of particular importance as it marks 10 years of consistently showcasing achievement, professional development, and capacity building. GPA celebrates a decade of promoting icons of innovation. The 10th Anniversary Awards are unique due to diaspora participation and the international mix that will be present.
The 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner and awards celebrations will be held at the State House, Accra on Friday, 16th December, 2011 at 7pm. For more information contact Ms Emelia Bartels, Founder and CEO, GPA Awards Ltd. (phone) 233 26 257 6661 or email info@gpaawards.net


It is only November 30ith but I have just received three very special  Christmas Presents.

Gift #1.  We are getting a new website.  The new site www.gmhope.org will premier next Monday night at Stevenson University.  Stevenson, located in Greenspring Valley on Valley road has partnered with us to  create an incredible, professional website.  Professor Kannan Amr and his students, Jillian Chaney, George Dickerson, Mark Figueirdo, Arden Haley, Rachel Pavik,  Joe Wroten and  Matt Wrightson worked very hard and long hours to give us this wonderful gift.  Not only that.  They gave us a new look and a new logo.   A GIANT THANK YOU FROM ALL THE MOTHERS AND CHILREN IN GHANA AND  THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GHANAIAN MOTHERS’ HOPE.

Gift #2.  I received a wonderful e-mail from Phyllis Mueller whose son Ian went with us to Ghana.  I shared the new logo and here was her response.

“I love the new logo.  Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope changes not only the lives of people they help in Ghana but it changes the lives of those who go to Ghana for mission work.  By sharing in Christ’s mission of giving of one’s self to help others less fortunate, we are transformed and the gift becomes our own.  A spark is ignited in our hearts. No one can go to Ghana and come away the same.  I noticed the change in Ian even before I physically saw him.  In his phone calls to me from Ghana I could hear the change in his voice.  Seeing the photos, hearing the stories from Ian and the group, I am inspired to help you there.  Something happens inside you.  Without even meeting the people of the village, you feel you want to know them, love them, help in whatever way you can.  You believe that you can change the world, one place at a time.”


Gift #3.  Another child has been sponsored. These twins are sponsored by Trinity Epsicopal Church, Elkridge

These twins were sponsored last January by Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkridge.  We ask freinds to sponsor children ages 2-3 attending St. Paul’s Preschool.  Soon our currently sponsored 13 children will welcome another child into the group.  THANK YOU ERIC AND MARY DERBY FOR GIVING ANOTHER CHILD THE GIFT OF LIFE AND HOPE.  We hope to sponsor all the children at St. Paul’s preschool.  Check out the new website for details.

Can you imagine what Christmas is like in a village?  There are no light up Christmas trees, no toys coming, no turkey dinner but there is Christmas and there is hope thanks to you.  What incredible love you pour out on the mothers and children by these gifts.  I hope you will join us in celebrating 5 years of service.  Many thanks to all of you who have made this day possible.


Merry, merry, merry,  from  Debi and Mercia, pictured above with quilts made for the children by The Quilter’s Guild of Southern Maryland.

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