In August Global United Diaspora provided much needed resources to over 100 individuals experiencing homelessness around Washington DC. The Care bags contained food, water, hygiene & sanitary items, and clothing.
In 2019, GUD hosted our first Afro-Philanthropic Conference in Ghana called “Returning to One. We had the pleasure of meeting Joey from “Free the Youth”, during one of our service projects that we led after the conference. Free The Youth is a crew of fashion entrepreneurs focused on Youth Empowerment in Ghana. Due to their rapid growth in the street wear revolution, they have been rated alongside some of Africa’s top labels.
We took some time to get to know each other and realized very quickly that we had similar initiatives and were trying to share the same message; even if it was through different forms of media. Over the course of our visit to Ghana, We noticed that there was a lot of untapped potential for creatives and decided to band together to host a two day creative workshop where we gave local youth the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and see that opportunities for success can be created through avenues such as Graphic Design, Djing, and Music production.
Joey and his partners at “Free the Youth”, created the designs for the t-shirts. He then used the design at the workshop to walk the participants through the process of direct to garment screen printing. Each shirt was handmade by members of “Free the Youth” in small batches, so limited quantities are available. The shirts were made to be a visual representation of our partnership in trying to empower our youth and tie our bounds to the African Diaspora.
In Ghana, we were able to send resources to partner organization Play & Learn Foundation, that support Ghanian youth. Your support helped to provide the youth & their families with a 3 month relief package. The organization offers sport training, academic support, mentorship, and community outreach.
In Liberia, we were able to get resources to organizers in the Monrovia area, that helped families in need get critical food items.
And in Kenya, resources were made available to families in the Kisumu area with 2 weeks of food relief and helped families that were at risk of loosing access to shelter.
In total so far GUD has been able to support over to 100 people through our COVID-19 relief efforts.
One of the best ways we can make a difference and make it through this time, is when we band together and share our collective resources across our communities;
This raise was a fantastic demonstration of that fact.
On June 20th GUD will be partnering with @mint.toserve on the day before Father’s Day, to help men and fathers in need at local shelters complete their application for the stimulus check, learn of any additional needs they may have, and show love. This will be a kick-off event in a series of Stimulus Check Support Days across the DMV this summer to make sure as many people as possible get their Check!
The Women's shelter is next. Join us at 11:30AM, If you are in the DC area and would like to volunteer please use any of the following to contact us on Instagram at either @globaludiaspora or @mint.toserve