About Us

The Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc. (GGIF) is a non-profit organization established in 2019 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more specifically to provide services and programs for young people who live primarily on St. Helena Island, SC. GGIF believes in creating programs for youth, regardless of their circumstances, that will inspire them to reach their full potential, by giving them choices beyond gangs, drugs, and crime through advocacy, education, resources, training, development, and sports.

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.

Program Impact

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.