March 1, 2008
Buenas yan Hafa Adai,
This May in San Diego, Famoksaiyan, with the sponsorship of Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity (CHELU) Inc., will convene Guma’Famoksaiyan, the first of its kind, skills-building weekend that will empower passionate individuals concerned about the future of Guam. The event will consist of interactive workshops, enriching presentations and lively discussions on issues like health and diet, the impending military buildup, environmental concerns and the decline of the Chamorro language.
We ask for your support to make Guma’Famoksaiyan a reality. In precolonial times, knowledge, skills, family and village histories were passed down to the younger generations through different guma’ or houses. This inter-generational sharing was gradually depleted due to years of colonization by outside forces. Through the Guamanian activist network of Famoksaiyan, we hope to restore Chamorro cultural heritage and empowerment for our generation and many more to come.
Since its first conference in 2006, Famoksaiyan has provided many networking opportunities for students, teachers, scholars, artists, activists, and many wishing to reconnect to the Chamorro culture.
We hope that Guma’Famoksaiyan will be an important opportunity for many women and men, young and old, to learn the Chamorro language and gain skills that will empower their activism and struggle for social justice and equality.
Please help us foster a nurturing environment so that we may strategize and work creatively to reverse the tide of destructive change on our island.
To make a donation contact Josette Quinata at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can donate through Pay Pal by clicking here.
Si Yu’us Ma’ase,