TGHF is a non-profit organization whose vision is to be the leading advocate and promoter of the Garifuna Heritage and culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and rest of the Caribbean.
For the past few years, we at TGHF have been working hard to promote the Garifuna Heritage and culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, known by our Garifuna brothers and sisters in the Diaspora as Yurumei, the Ancestral Homeland. We have been successful in developing working partnerships and communication links between us and the traditional Garifuna Communities in Yurumei , as well as the communities and organizations in the Garifuna Diaspora. In recent times we have been playing a pivotal role in bringing to the forefront of the debate on cultural matters here in Yurumei, this aspect of the National Heritage .
TGHF was founded in 2001 by Mrs. Zoila Ellis Browne , a lawyer and cultural activist whose Belizean roots led her to perceive the need to develop an organization in St. Vincent and the Grenadines dedicated to rebuilding and retrieving the Garifuna Heritage in the Ancestral homeland. Enthusiastic support was received from many Vincentians who also embraced the idea of working towards that goal. Since its founding, the organization has managed to implement various programmes which have impacted on persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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The Garifuna Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization whose vision is to be the leading advocate and promoter of the Garifuna Heritage and culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and rest of the Caribbean.
The Garifuna Heritage Foundation is dedicated first and foremost to promoting the Garifuna Heritage and Culture locally, regionally and internationally through ongoing and sustainable programmes in the areas of advocacy, networking, education and economic activities.
The Organization was legally incorporated on October 11th, 2010 as a non-profit Company under the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Our membership is drawn from persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as persons residing in the diaspora in recognition of the diaspora as a critical element for the survival of the Garifuna culture. Membership is open to individuals over 18yrs, Community Groups and Institutions may also become members. All members must pay the Annual Subscription Fee established by the Board of Directors .
We are managed by a Board of Directors comprising Eight persons. Board Members serve for a term of two years and are eligible for re-election. The current President of The Garifuna Heritage Foundation Inc. is Mr. David ‘Darkie’ Williams. Our work is also supported by an Advisory Body comprising a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of fifteen (15) International representatives . Members of the Advisory Body are appointed by the Board and serve for a term of two years.