“It can help better our quality of life if we have more control over our resources that are going to eventually affect our future and our culture and our people.” Inina and Isa talk about protecting resources with their grandmother, 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan member, Hope Cristobal.
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.
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.
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:
To promote the cultural, health, economic, political, spiritual and social welfare of CHamoru women and girls, and all CHamoru people in Guam.
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.
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.
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.