With workshops and activities aimed towards the general public, we are out to bring to the society and understanding of
who the Garifuna people are and what type of cultural values, beliefs and our background. With this awareness,
we could also help the newly migrated Garifunas to the northwest area, of the opportunities and challenges
that they might face as part of their cultural shock and the awareness of other cultures. As a cultural tradition, Garifuna communities around the world celebrate
the arrival of our ancestor to the Atlantic coast of Central America back in 1797 after being exiled from St. Vincent.
Garinagu Houngua will host this event each April to give the public a chance to learn about the Garifuna
people and experiences their traditional music, dances, and cuisine.
Teach the Language (Garifuna)
As a culture with it is own structure and language, Garifunas around the world tend to speak at least two to three languages.
Garifunas primary language is call the same; "The Garifuna Language". Because of migration to different lands, mainly to the United States, the Garifuna
people are now becoming Americanized and are assimilating other customs and languages and forgetting about their forefather's tongue, the Garifuna Language.
Garinagus are no longer teaching their offspring's their native language and some just don’t have the time to do so because of their busy life.
This program will remind Garifunas about the importance of teaching their children the Garifuna Language.
This program will also provide teaching sessions to children of the Garifuna decent.
This sessions will be thought by a fluent Garifuna, who will be able to translate words from Garifuna to English and Spanish and vice versa.
This program will in tell in teaching the youth how to cook Garifunas most popular meals and snacks.
The Garifunas have a very extensive menu. As part of understanding and learning about their culture,
these youth grasp and enjoy cooking traditional meals like Machuca; which is a Garifunas delicacy made with fish and mashed plantain.
HIV/AIDs Awareness and prevention
Teaching about HIV/AIDS and the prevention measures is a very important task.
This program will bring speaks/teachers and instruct the community about getting tested and about how to prevent being infected with HIV.
this will also present programs available in the community to those infected with this virus.