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 of Unity. Decreasing the "Digital Divide" as we work together within our communities.
Brief History - Grandmothers Who Help, Inc.
In 1996, after visiting her granddaughter’s elementary school, Asale Kimaada was told by many teachers, that there was a lack of adequate Black History 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 the "use" of the resources within the schools. Asale 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 Kimmella Collins, help with research and development, while her oldest daughter Charise Collins-Hinton, supplied the materials and computer equipment necessary to assembly a traveling African American History Program a resource available to teachers parents and student. This venture was created with private personal funds, and donations of pictures, books artifacts and other historical information from private and public donors. After advertising and sponsoring free presentations, small honorarium from the schools and organizations who were interested in the presentations were needed to keep afloat. They managed to build a valuable educational multi-media exhibit that contained pictures bios, artifact, live spoken word artists, and musicians who brought the great African and African American Culture and History together for all to see the contributions African Americans and other people of color had made and were still making to these United States of America and around the world. This work of art linked the history of great people from around the world. This living art history traveld into community schools, church and organizations to enlighten, entertain and educate people from all ages and all walk of life bringing together our diverse communities. To create yet closer community relations GWH sponsored essay and art contest, as well as producing yearly student newsletter (Student F.Y.I) generated during presentations at various venues and sent out quarterly.
GWH has enriched Black History Month as well as other cultural holiday for student and adults in countless, elementary, middle schools, high schools, colleges and community organization 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 they went. GWH is a proud (501) (c) (3) Organization.
Asale has constantly strived to upgrade the exhibit with a variety of age approbate programming, community awareness and outreach program. The exhibit was expanded to include pictures and bios of Great Africans during antiquity. Two additional people were added to help present the exhibit; a storyteller and a saxophone player. Each program begins with the history the Negro National Anthem, audience participation is a highlight of the presintations rememberance of hisorical events. 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. During and after each presentation time for student and teacher question and answer times are encouraged, to help generate the Student F.Y.I. News Letter sent out quarterly.
In 2014 GWH added another upgrade to their exhibit, “Teaching Black History In The 21stCentury”. GWH was introduced to S.T.E.M.H. - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It brought the exhibit full circle, to the foundation of “African American History From Antiquity To Present Times”. GWH now offers S.T.E.M. tables at many community events, helping to bridge the “Digital Divide” and encourage African American children and other children of color to understand how to compete in today’s 21stcentury education for tomorrows Jobs.
Grandmothers Who Help, reaches out to help in many other areas within our community. Please visit the other web pages to see what they do. Please consider volunteering and helping Grandmothers Who Help, Inc. help within our community with our Children and Elders.
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