Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc. established since 2005, is an Garifuna American non-profit
charitable and educational organization operating under the provisions of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and
based in California.
"We are dedicated to the preservation of the Garifuna language,culture, history and wellbeing."
- Bienvenido - Welcome!
On May 18th 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, proclaimed the Garifuna
Language, Music and Dance a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
An educational, historic study of Garifuna culture tells you that Garifuna people never suffered the inhumane
act of enslavment, a terrible crime against humanity that brutalized so many others, and their cultures. The
Garifuna culture has preserved a lot that should be shared with our descendants and the world. - Un estudio
educativo e historico de la cultura asevera que Los Garinagu nunca sufrieron el acto inhumano de la esclavitud, un crimen
terrible en contra de la humanidad el cual afecto y brutalizo a muchos otros y sus culturas tambien. La cultura
Garifuna ha logrado preservar mucho de lo cual deberia de ser compartido con los Afro-descendientes y todo el mundo.
The mission of GAHFU is to serve the Garifuna-American, Caribbean-American and Central
American/Afro-Latino community in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach area, the Untied States and abroad through
cultural education programs, outreach, advocacy and social services programs. GAHFU is dedicated to the dissemination
and preservation of Garifuna heritage through the arts, music, culture and language education, in addition to providing social and
cultural awareness programs such as youth mentoring/leadership, Garifuna classes, cultural competency and enrichment programs,
community forums, and more. GAHFU believes that having an appreciation of one’s own culture sets the stage for developing
partnership with people who come from culturally diverse backgrounds. GAHFU serves a nation that reaches across the globe
annually and seeks to educate and inform the larger Los Angeles County about Garifuna culture and the contributions that Garifuna-Americans
have made and continue to make in the social and cultural fabric in Central America, North America and the Caribbean.