Grandmothers Who Help , Inc. would like to invite you to become a member of our organization and join in the fun. See our Mission Statement and Brief History Below.
Brief history of Grandmothers Who Help, Inc.:
Mission Statement: Inspired by the storytellers of
Ancient Africa and motivated by the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson the
mission of this organization is to educate the masses about the history of
African American People: By bringing a complete educational exhibit into
educational environments to expose, enlighten and educate children and adults
of all ages and all walks of life. To help transform the problems of prejudice into the promise
In 1996, after visiting her granddaughter’s elementary school; Asale
Kimaada Founder of Grandmothers Who Help, Inc., realized that there was a lack
of adequate Black History programs within the public school system. From that
point, she set out to dedicate her time and talents to bring about a change.
Early on, Asale realized that a part of the problem was the absence of
resources which the schools utilized. So, she created an organization called,
“Grandmothers Who Help (GWH)”, and began to produce a “Traveling Black History
Exhibit”. African American History From Antiquity to Present Times.
Her two daughters helped with this vision, her youngest daughter Kimella
Collins, help with research and development, while her oldest daughter Charise
Collins-Hinton, supplied the materials and computer equipment necessary to
assembly the exhibit. This venture was created with private personal funds.
After advertizing and sponsoring free presentations, we began to request
a small honorarium from the schools and organizations who booked our
exhibit. Our organization has
managed to build a valuable multi-media exhibit that contains over 200
pictures, children’s, books, adult books musical instruments and artifacts. GWH
sponsor‘s essay and art contest, as well as producing a yearly student news
letter, (Student F.Y.I) generated during presentations at various venues. We
ask for donations from community business to be able to award prizes to the
children who enter in the essay and art contests.
Over the span of ten years, GWH has enriched Black History Month for
student and adults in over a hundred elementary, middle schools, and high
schools and colleges throughout Northern and Southern California. Unexpectedly,
the popularity of the exhibit grew quickly and began to expand outside the
barriers of schools into other areas. Invitations began to flow in from
libraries, churches, universities, hospitals, city sponsored events and
Juneteenth celebrations some were paid some were not however we went. In 2004
GWH applied for a non-profit status and it was granted in 2006.
Over the years, Asale has constantly
strived to upgrade the exhibit with new books, more and larger photos with
bios, and a variety of programming.
This is the reason the exhibit can transform any room into a mini
In 2005 the exhibit was expanded to include pictures and bios of Great Africans during antiquity. In 2007 two additional people were added to help present the exhibit. A musician came on board, a saxophone player; each presentation now begins with the National Negro Anthem. Also a retired school teacher brings the human experience of growing up in the South during the Jim Crow era. Parents share their experience growing up in other countries. We always allow time for student and teacher questions and answers.
Teaching Tools - Movies -Posters - Community Events - Recognize
An Original Copy of the Program for The 1963 March On Washington
Black History Program B.A.S.I.C. Ministry 925 10tth Ave oakland, CA
Arroys Seco, Elementary School Livermore, CA
Children, Teachers, Leaders from all walks of life enjoy learning about African American History From Antiquity to Present Times.
The Gospel Melody Tones, Awsome voices
After Program Group Picture, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry
G.W.H. visited, The American Steel Studio, Wonderful place, space available to artists, wonderful people. They are locatedat 1960 Mandella Parkway, Oakland, CA.
Preparing to take flowers on Mothers Day, to Excell Care Center 2530 High Street, Oakland, CA.
Mothers Day 2013, Excell Nursing Care Center, Oakland, CA
Bringing monthly letters to our extended family Mothers, at Excell Nursing Care Center, Oakland, CA - Call To Help Write & Visit.
Juneteenth, 2013, Children Learn from being exposed to cultural events, God Bless young parents to celebrate our traditions together, The Montgomery Family.
Juneteenth Drumline program for young children. Donate discarded drums to be refurbished, for lessesson.
Juneteenth Booth, at the Black and Brown Family reunion, 2013.
Learning to communicate thru drums, Juneteenth 2013- Black and Brown Family Reunion
B.A.S.I.C. Praise Dancers
We painted, we pulled weeds, picked up trash,sang songs. We had a wonderful time doing Gods Will cleaning up our neighborhood one city block 106th Ave and 105th at Sanleandro Blvd., Oakland, Brother Stanley Young from BASIC Ministry was another welcomed volunteer, Praise God for the men in our community.
Prayer and worship before a hard days work.
Painting and Traffic Control by Sister Monishia
Shayla & Jake Prayer and Divotion
Vice Mayor Larry E. Reid, visit to B.A.S.I.C. Ministry, Power Plant Project
Honorable Larry Reid, Ronald Whitten & Asale Kimaada - After speaking with the children from Vista Grande Church of New Mexico and other invided guests.
Anointed weed Wacker by Day - Anointed D.J. by Night, Anointed Sounds Bro. Ron Whitten
First Day at B.A.S.I.C. receving work asignments. June 2013
We were also joind by children from the Church of Vellijo, who help in prayer and devotion.
Coach John Tilman, along with community members, block party games
Shayla, Bryan, Joann, joined in the last Day of the program ended with a wonderful block party, and a gift of a basketball hoop from Vista Grande Church of New Mexico.
Margaretta DePina, Debra Babcock, Pastor Muyhee- Excell Care Center, Oakland, CA. Mothers DAy
Bay Area Baptist Association, Sponsors of Power Plant Project.
Juneteenth 106th McArthur, Oakland, CA -MaMa Costell and community members
Artist Film Maker Nancy Thompson & Costella Watson, Grandmothers Who Help Award Ceremony, Livermor Juneteenth
Save With California Life Line
Department Of Education
Meet & Greet Luncheons
Become A Member Of Grandmothers Who Help, Inc.
Thank You To All Those Who Make This Organization Posible!
Art, Poetry & Essay Contests
Remembering The Korean War
Colonel Allen Allensworth 1868
Annual Rededication Celebration, October 12, 2013 10:00am
First Lady B.A.S.I.C. Ministry, Auctioneer, Juneteenth, Livermore2012