Friday, August 23, 2013

The Summit

For those of you who don't know Tom Ferry, he owns the largest real estate coaching business in the world.  His company, Your Coach, coach's the top real estate agents all over the world (

This week, he held his big Summit where 3500 real estate agents from around the world converged on the Anaheim Convention Center in California to recharge their batteries, discuss strategy, implementation, etc.  Tom & his beautiful wife Kathy agreed to help Crossover via their Summit this week.

So, our 4 kids, Michael Ferry, Steven Ferry, Jacob Cooper & Savannah Cooper spent 6 hrs/day for 4 days selling T-Shirts at the Summit (these T-Shirts were generously sold to us at BELOW cost by Eddie Chavez and Ei-LO, once again, Eddy to the rescue!).

Tom even invited the kids on stage on Thursday and asked them about what they were doing for Crossover, why they were doing it, etc. (See video below).  And lo and behold, we raised over $15k for Crossover!

I continue to be blown away by people and how they have stepped up to the plate to help out those who are less fortunate than we are.  Let's run through the list real quick (in no particular order):

Tom & Kathy Ferry, Michael & Steven Ferry, Jacob & Savannah Cooper, Eddy Chavez, Genevieve Gwei (iDirect, who donated thousands of dollars worth of satellite equipment), Josh Cohen (iDirect), Tzvika Zaiffer & SkyVision (who donated 12 months of Internet Service), Ron Fineman & James Suarez from Fineman Suarez (who donated $5k at the Summit!!!), Laurie Eastman, Claude Yacoel.

I am sorry if I missed anyone, but my point is help keeps coming from where it isnt expected, which makes it so cool.  These people open their eyes and their hearts and want to help.  The children of Crossover thank you!

Here is the link to the video:

and some pics...

we also created a website through GoFundMe that allows for people to make donations, here is the link: 

Thank You!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Well, the satellite communications equipment finally arrived in Ghana this week!  It all started with an email I sent in April to a company called iDirect, based in Virginia.  The email was sent before my trip to Ghana, and I was trying to find out the cost involved in getting internet connectivity to Crossover.  A woman named Genevieve Gwen responded to my email, and after several back and forth emails, I realized internet by satellite was just too expensive and not a realistic option for Crossover.  However, a few days later, I got a phone call from Genevieve saying that her company has agreed to provide all of the equipment to Crossover for free!  I was simply floored.  I could not believe it, and I kept telling myself it was just too good to be true.  But, it is true, and the equipment is literally being installed as I type this update.  Furthermore, the service provider in Ghana, SkyVision, has agreed to provide 12 months of free service!  I am not sure what the service cost will be after the initial 12 months, but we will have to deal with that and try to figure something out by then.

Also, my very good friends Tom Ferry and Kathy Ferry have agreed to help Crossover by selling t-shirts (provided by Ei-Lo, thank you Eddy Chavez!!) at their big summit in a few weeks where all the proceeds will go to Crossover. Our goal is 500 t-shirt sales ($9k), which will be enough to buy 2 acres of land for Crossover!

Step by step, things are starting to happen for Crossover.  We needed the good news because 2 weeks ago, an 11 year old boy from Crossover died from a fever.  His name was Ameko Emmanuel, and he is sorely missed by his brothers and sisters at Crossover.

Our 501c3 should be up and running soon, and that's when our serious efforts will start at raising enough money to build a proper school for Crossover: 2 dorms (with walls and a roof), classrooms, a kitchen/mess hall, bathrooms and showers.  Thank you for reading the blog and please feel free to pass it on!