Founded by Cheryl Noralez and Rony Figueroa, the GAHFU is a new non-profit organization which seeks to not only preserve the garifuna culture, but also to maintain its language in the United States. The GAHFU plans to work toward the establishment of a community resource center in the Los Angeles area, to create innovative educational programs that motivate, expand knowledge, build a strong Garifuna community through education, engage in community economic development and education, health and economic independence and technological advancement.
Among the distinguished dignitaries present at the official launching were the Honorable Milton Alvarez, Consul General of Guatemala in Los Angeles; John Hu’acan Vidal, UCTP Representative for California; Roland Castillo, President of G.O.L.A. (Garifuna Organization of LA); Minerva Delgado, Hamalali Garinagu - Garifuna Cultural Group of LA; and AFG (Association of Guatemalan Fraternities) President Mr. Ignacio Motagua.
Expressing his solidarity to the founders of GAHFU and the Garifuna People, Hu’acan hoped that this new initiative would play an instrumental role in the Garifuna movement, not only in California but “throughout the world where ever Garifuna can be found.”
Editor's Note: Visit the GAHFU website at http://www.garifunaheritagefoundation.org
*Related stories posted on 4/19/2005, 4/20/2005, and 11/24/2005