I HAGAN FAMALAO’AN GUÅHAN

The indigenous CHamoru Women’s Association of Guåhan is founded on the collective mission to enhance, promote, protect and foster the social, economic, cultural, spiritual and political well-being of CHamoru women, girls and gender-diverse people within the overall Guåhan community.

Getting Involved

Our Primary Purpose

Engage Political Advocacy

To engage in political advocacy that promotes the efforts of the CHamoru people towards collective self-determination and the demilitarization of the island’s land and environmental resources by colonial powers, as it directly relates to the resolve of current and historical injustices upon the indigenous population.

 

Generate Funding

To generate funding sources and opportunities that build trade skills and scholarship that empower CHamoru women in attaining higher education, advanced careers, employment opportunities, and other professional development.

Address the Issues

To address the genocide of CHamoru women, their families, and communities, such as but not limited to, gender equality, reproductive health and rights, maternal health, gynecological health and disorders, caregiver burnout, gender based violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, human trafficking, food and water security, environmental racism, poverty and homelessness.

Cultivate

To cultivate sacred spaces for CHamoru mothers and daughters to recognize, respect and enhance their ancestral stories of guardianship, love and courage in ways that promote healing of intergenerational traumas and instill harmony, hope and overall wellness to the CHamoru family.

What we do

The general purposes for which IHFG is organized are to promote the social welfare within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and the Guam Territorial Income Tax Law, including, without limitation:

Promote

To promote the cultural, health, economic, political, spiritual and social welfare of CHamoru women and girls, and all CHamoru people in Guam.

Raise Funds

To receive and accept funds, gifts and contributions for the purpose of accomplishing the primary purposes for which IHFG is formed.

Contribute & Sponsor

To make contributions, and to provide sponsorship and support to other civic organizations whose purposes are reasonably related to the primary purposes for which IHFG is formed and as shall be selected by the Board of Directors.

Help Build Other Programs

To promote, undertake and establish other entities, programs, facilities and activities, which, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, will be in furtherance of the primary purposes.

IHFG shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the primary purposes of IHFG as expressed in IHFG’s Articles of Incorporation.

Our Mission

I Hagan Famalao’an Guåhan (IHFG), Inc.,  as the indigenous CHamoru Women’s Association of Guåhan is founded on the collective mission to enhance, promote, protect and foster the social, economic, cultural, spiritual and political well-being of CHamoru women, girls and gender-diverse people within the overall Guåhan community. IHFG honors the CHamoru women of Guåhan as the link of their mangåffa and the predecessors of todu i nanan-måmi (our mothers). IHFG is sustained by the kåhna (spirit force) of our ancestors and our sacred connection to our lands and waters. IHFG is aimed to function on the traditional CHamoru systems of Magåhet (truth), Ináyuda (helpfulness), Fa’taotao (treat others with utmost respect as a member of humanity),  Dinaña’ (togetherness), Geftao (generosity), Mamåhlao (conscientiousness/humility), Respetu (respectfulness),  Inaguaiya (to be loving), Minaggem (softening of the heart), Hulat maisa (self-control), Minenhalom (wisdom), and Inafa’måolek (cohesion/promote harmony) in order to accomplish the organization’s mission and implement its primary purposes.

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Donation Highlight

Special thanks to Jayne Flores and Patty Krise for their generous donation of 40 Better Cups made from 100% medical grade silicone. Bettercup is hypoallergenic, latex free, phthalates free, BPA free, dioxin free. These menstrual cups are reusable devices that are inserted to catch the flow of menstrual blood instead of absorbing it.

Upcoming Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan (IHFG) Launches Economic Development Program for CHamoru Women

IHFG has launched the project, I Metkao Famalao’an Guahan Para Sinestienen Ekunomiha (The Women of Guahan’s Marketplace for a Sustainable Economy), which aims to strengthen indigenous CHamoru women’s economic capacity with three objectives: creating a virtual cooperative marketplace, creating a non-cash/bartering site based on traditional chenchule’ (reciprocity) practices, and offering micro loans to CHamoru women whose products are rooted in traditional livelihood practices. The over-arching goal of the project is to empower CHamoru women to engage entrepreneurial projects and reduce poverty.

The micro-lending component will offer small interest free loans for CHamoru women as an alternative strategy to promote their economic independence and support business practices that honor indigenous knowledge, values, and lifeways. Interested individuals are asked to attend a workshop to review the loan application, discuss concepts of traditional livelihood practices, and learn about other resources from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Pacific Islands Microcredit Institute (PIMI). The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Participants can register for the workshop at: https://bit.ly/IHFG_Loan.

The application form for the micro loan is available at http://bit.ly/IHFG_Microloan.

IHFG is also calling for cultural and traditional products made by CHamoru women for the online store. Interested individuals are asked to email IHFG at haganguahan@gmail.com for more information.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Pawanka Indigenous Fund.

September 25, 2021 @ 10am-12pm - Grief Recovery Method Support Group

Continuous Support and Sustainability

IHFG is sustained by the kåhna of our ancestors and our sacred connection to our lands and waters. linktr.ee/IHFG

 

About Us

CORPORATE OFFICES OF IHFG

The principal office of IHFG is located at  414 W. Soledad Ave. GCIC Bldg., Suite 500Z, Hagåtña, Guam 96910, and there may be such subordinate or branch offices in such place or places within or without Guam as may be deemed necessary or requisite by the IHFG Board of Directors.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about I Hagan Famalao’an Guåhan (IHFG), Inc., including membership and activities, please contact Rosario L. Perez via email at haganguahan@gmail.com

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