Seattle humanitarian worker Dutch Meyer has enlisted a quartet of top chefs to help him support schooling and vocational programs for residents of Kwahu-Tafo, a rural Ghanian village three hours from Accra.
Matt Dillon and Emily Crawford-Dann of The Corson Building, Christina Choi of Nettletown and Jeremy Faber of Foraged and Found are providing the food for a fundraiser at The Corson Building this Sunday. Tickets to the event, which runs from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. are $35.
"It includes two glasses of wine, and it ought to be good company," Meyer says. "And you are going to have to listen to a four-minute talk."
Meyer three years ago founded the non-profit aid organization Yeko Anim; he shifted his focus to Kwahu-Tafo after realizing he couldn't help the whole of Ghana, as he'd initially planned.
"I'm a very small organization," he says. "I'm me!"
Size aside, Yeko Anim has made microloans, gifted full-ride college scholarships to six villagers and is now developing a leatherwork training program. The village's chief has given the organization a wooden building to house classes.
"I think we're really doing some good," Meyer says.
Most of Yeko Anim's funding comes from Meyer's friends, relatives and strangers who've learned of his work.
"I sat next to a man on an airplane from Atlanta to New Orleans," Meyer recalls. "He was an African-American dude, I'm a white dude. He's from New York City, never laid eyes on me before."
When Meyer returned to Seattle, his mailbox held a $100 check from his seatmate.
This weekend's event is Yeko Anim's first official fundraiser.
"We have some good names," Meyer says of the roster. "These are all good young friends of ours."