Gullah/Geechee Storm Rebuilding

$1,455 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 34 months
Hurricane Florence and Flooding September 2018

This fund was started when we first were hit by Hurricane Matthew which many are still recovering from.  Now, the Gullah/Geechee Nation is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence which includes massive flooding in our northern most region.  So, we have renewed this fund and are asking for your support to help restore our communities and to provide emergency kits to Gullah/Geechee families.  

Unfortunately, the Gullah/Geechee Nation is in a hurricane zone and the storms are becoming more frequent and intense.  So, emergency preparedness trainings are being offered from funds that are collected as well.


Thank you for supporting our efforts.


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Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew struck the Gullah/Geechee Nation coastline with a fury that brought storm surge onto the land from the Atlantic Ocean while rain continued to fall from the sky.  This was met with howling winds that blew down trees which brought electrical wires with them.  Many roofs have to be repaired or replaced and numerous yards have massive trees that need to be cut into fire wood for Gullah/Geechee families.   

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has had damage done to some of the archival files at De Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive which is the ONLY archive in the world totally dedicated to Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture due to water intrusion.  So, the on-going effort to storm proof and digitize this priceless collection has become even more critical given this latest storm that followed one month after Tropical Storm Hermine had already damaged De Gullah/Geechee Ga'dun.  Matthew completed the damage that Hermine had begun.

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition hosts hundreds of volunteers each year.  They  are calling on volunteers with chain saws, wood spliters, axes, yard tools, trucks, roofing skills, and construction skills.  

In addition to the volunteers, this fundraiser is being launched to purchase the tools and supplies that are needed for the restoration effort.  Funds will also go toward preparing and providing storm preparedness kits for Gullah/Geechee community members that will attended workshops to be held in the coming weeks as hurricane season continues.  These workshops will be hosted annually in order to insure that people have the knowledge that they need and also that items that they need in the event of a major storm or natural disaster.

"Empty sak cyan stan upright lone." So, we are asking for your help to restore the Gullah/Geechee Nation before the holy days season.   If you would like to bring or join a group of volunteers, email GullGeeCo@aol.com.  We also appreciate all that are willing and able to make a financial contribution.  Tenki Tenki!
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Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is the elected leader of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She says the problems are compounded by tourism-driven development that has destroyed the coastal marshland that helps protect against storms and flooding.

So she says people need to rethink their relationship with coastal areas and work to protect them.  Tune in to hear the interview at

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/11/rising-seas-storms-threaten-gullah-geechee-land/
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Peace All!

I visited North Carolina this week to see how the relief efforts are going and I can report that they are moving very slowly. We definitely need your continued financial support in order to obtain more supplies to assist our people there. Volunteers are also needed as you will hear in this detailed video concerning the current situation.

Keep our folks in prayer, but also give if you truly care.
Tenki Tenki fa all wha dun gee fa hep de Gullah/Geechee.

Peace,
Queen Quet
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Tenki Tenki fa supportin de #GullahGeechee Storm Rebuilding Fund!

We have been able to provide preparedness kits to folks on St. Helena Island, in Charleston, and on Sandy Island, SC. Here is a short update from Queen Quet's recent journey to Sandy Island to assess the relief efforts there. There was major flooding on that island, but our folks are still standing strong! We ain gwine nowhey tall tall!
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Peace All!

Waters are continuing to rise in the Carolinas throughout the weekend. We are keeping track of the situation and making contact with Gullah/Geechees that are in areas that cannot be accessed by highways due to closures from the flooding. We are coordinating the supplies and emergency services to get them to them. Here is info on what you can do in addition to continuing to support our rebuilding fund: https://gullahgeecheenation.com/2018/09/20/supporting-gullah-geechee-nation-rebuilding-restoration-and-storm-preparation/

Tenki Tenki fa hunnuh support and prayers!
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Raised by 26 people in 34 months
Created October 13, 2016
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