The Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc. (GGIF) is a non-profit organization established in 2019 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to undeserved communities within the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor – more specifically, GGIF creates, incubates, organizes, and facilitate programs and initiatives that promote cultural enrichment, academic excellence, health & wellness, economic empowerment, and community recreation to families living primarily on the Island of St. Helena.
The Community We Serve
According to a New York Times article, “St. Helena Island, is regarded by anthropologists and sociologists as one of the richest repositories of Gullah culture in the United States”. As a center of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor, St, Helena Island is historically significant in the preservation of the Gullah culture, traditions, customs, and language. Therefore, the purpose of The Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc. is to provide opportunities for our youth to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the legacy instituted by their African ancestors.
In 2019, its inception year, GGIF in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, provided a weekly after-school program at St. Helena Elementary School to 50-60 students in grades first-fifth. St. Helena Elementary School, the only school on St. Helena Island, is a Title 1 school receiving federal funds due to the large concentration of low-income students.
Let’s build together.