My vision for the Djimon Hounsou Foundation is to champion a visceral connection between the countries of the African diaspora and the motherland and to heal the wounds that slavery left behind.
The purpose of the Djimon Hounsou Foundation (DHF) is twofold:
Strengthen Africa’s intergenerational identity and self-awareness by reconnecting the Peoples of the African Diaspora with their motherland and celebrating ‘Unity in Diversity’.
Combat modern-day slavery & human trafficking to stop exploitation, loss of freedom, and identity, and educate about the causes, stakes and consequences of slavery.
The mission of DHF comes to life in 4 distinct strategic programs.
Each component supports and strengthens the other. Together they establish a self-sustainable DHF program.
Host the Gate of
No Return Marathon & Festival Series,
which shall take place in various African countries, Europe and the Americas.
Organize Sponsored Cultural Trips to Africa
so that Afro-descendants around the world reconnect with their roots & culture.
Combat Modern Day Slavery & Human Trafficking
by contributing funds, expertise, and value-added programs to local grassroots organizations.
As a child of the African diaspora, I experienced and witnessed the issues that come along with lack of self-identity firsthand. I hence strongly identify with this project and believe that it will bring healing and joy to many.
Great initiative @dhf_org. We, the diaspora, need to reconnect with our African culture and tell our own stories. This is the perfect time to rediscover the cradle of civilization.
Louvenor Jean Pierre
This is a commendable initiative, my brother. It was a matter of time that we connect the world to its cultural heritage in a meaningful way. I believe the African narrative will be told as it should be!
DHF is Born.
On Dec 2, 2019, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Djimon announces the formation of the Djimon Hounsou Foundation (DHF) at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC in attendance of the Congressional Black Caucus.