Welcome to The Give Black Foundation
A community based organization dedicated to giving back to Blacks around the world. Founded in 2011, by humanitarian Rosie Peppy Parke aka Yaa Gyasi, the Foundation specializes in working with underserved children and individuals living in The Motherland (especially Ghana) and the Caribbean.
Since we officially launched in 2011 we have served an average of 1,000 children annually and have worked in Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, the Virgin Islands, USA and Canada. Our goal is to work with as many children living in Africa as we possibly can.
Please take a few moments to peruse our website or check us out on Facebook. We are always looking for individuals with a Pan African spirit to join our team and/or help us to grow so we can serve more.
It is indeed the season to be joyful, merry, happy, hopeful and giving, and I wish for you and yours the best that this season has to offer. As you go about your business eating, mingling, networking, partying, shopping and celebrating with family and friends, do remember that there are very many people out there who are depressed, heartbroken, lonely, hungry, sick, grieving and dying. There are numerous persons out there who are struggling and many more who are homeless (and cold).
Even though we cannot save everyone, I am hoping that each of us can at least try to make the holidays brighter for at least one person. It could be a neighbor, friend, co-worker, stranger or family member.
As you embark on shopping for many things you do not need, consider spreading cheer and goodwill to those who are actually in need. How about purchasing a scarf or jacket for the homeless man you pass each and every day? If that is a stretch, maybe purchase two cups of coffee and give one to someone who needs that warmth and hot beverage? The reality is that some of the needs that people have are intangible and you will only know about them if you spend the time to have a conversation. In the absence of that, consider paying closer attention to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and even family members who are not in a cheerful mood and reach out to them. Who knows? Maybe a listening ear and a hug are all they need to feel warm during this season.
As I look back on this year which is coming to a close (on the calendar), I feel like more than half of it passed me by. This was the year that I willed to be the very best year of my life…it’s definitely not my best year but I’m still thankful for the personal time I was forced to take (and am still taking) which helped me to be in a healthier and happier place today. I am thankful for all the very many blessings I received from others I know and from the Creator. I am thankful that I am doing my best to live my best life despite many obstacles, and I am comforted by the fact that each day that I wake up, I see it as another day for me to be a better version of myself.
My Christmas wish for you is that you will set aside some personal time to just think back on your Resolutions, Dreams and Accomplishments for 2019. Celebrate the fact that you have made it this far (even if those RDAs did not come to fruition). After you do that, start actively thinking about (and write down) your desires, goals, aspirations, resolutions, and dreams for the upcoming year. You may find that some are the same for 2019 as they will be for 2020, but guess what? That is OK…some of us need more than 365 days to make “it” happen and YOUR new year and new season can start any day or time YOU decide.
I wish that you seriously spend more time focusing on your blessings instead of those things you have no control over. Finally, I hope you will start speaking your desires to the Universe, because the Universe is listening.
Rosie Peppy Parke
Executive & Creative Director
The Give Black Foundation, Inc., Peppy Entertainment & Promotions, Yaa’s Essentials – YESS and ULTRE with Pep
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On behalf of the children and families we will touch and serve while we are in Ghana, West Africa from May 23 to June 11, 2018, I THANK all of our amazing donors for their support to the “100 book bags & 100 flip flops” Drive. We wanted to raise enough funds to purchase 100 book bags and 100 flip flops, but we were blessed to purchase a total of 200 book bags and 150 flip flops including 50 of each purchased by our Executive Director & Founder, Rosie (Yaa Gyasi) Parke. We are almost packed and ready and will be donating 50 book bags and 50 flip flops to others who are giving back in Kenya and Jamaica. While in Ghana, we will also be volunteering at Akoma International Academy for a week — teaching a Girls’ Program and doing daily yoga, fitness and wellness.
Very many thanks to these awesome donors/supporters:
Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke, Minnie Allen, Yasmin Anderson-Smith, Villard Anglade, Shanice Barker, Kim Barnes, Michelle Beasley, Garnette Bell, Valerie Bell, Leonie Brooks, Cynthia Bruce, Vanessa Butler, Tony Carr, Damon Cassie, Ichelle Cole, Dawn Collen, Paul Collington, Dolores Collins, Ethlyn Cowan, Betty Cowan, Cecil Cowan, Shanga Dillon, Denise Dixon, Geoffrey Dunston, Heather Edwards, Bryan Epps, Diane Green, Lisa Greene-Clarke, Steven Hennessy, Maxine Henry, Reesie Hudnall, Ivel Hylton, Sharafdeen Ibraheem, Shawn Jegede, Finiana Joseph, Alonzo Lewis, Eric Madden, Heather McKenzie, Beverly McKenzie, Austin Merritt, Roy McPherson, Ron Munia, Claire Nelson, Alice Newton, Rick Nugent, Pamela Oguagha, Romelda Omeir, Juliet Osborne, Charles Perry, Karl Phillpotts, Arlene Pitter, Esta Pratt, Reshada Pullen-Jireh, Debbie Russell, Natasha Ryan, Annmarie Satterfield, Lisda Sawney, Kahlia Shipley, Carlos Simon, Ann Smith-Williams, Chelsea Tachell, Carrie Taylor, Clint Thomas, Papa Wabe, Earl Walker, Ariel Watson, Shaka Watson, Marjorie Willie, Beverly Wilson, Christine Wong, Fiona Wright, and everyone who attended the event on 3/30/19.