SHAFRO at Work

The Overview

Who We Are

SHAFRO is an educational foundation and initiative of the Black Heritage Rider’s, based in Cali, Colombia. Our work focuses on three specific areas: We translate African history books from English to Spanish. These works are written by black scholars who have done major studies and published scholarly books and publications in African culture, identity and psychology. We offer presentations and lectures on African history to Afro-Colombian community institutions located in the major cities throughout the country, as well as the surrounding rural areas. In addition, at the local level, we develop study groups to read, discuss and analyze books on African studies, these groups facilitate understanding and enrich the knowledge of African history. The national and local government have produced some materials, in the Spanish language, on the topic of African studies, however the materials are limited in content and scope.

What We Do

SHAFRO is an educational foundation and an initiative of Black Heritage Riders, based in Cali, Colombia. Our work is focused in three specific areas: we translate books on African history from English to Spanish. These works are written by black scholars who have done major studies and scholarly work in African culture, identity and psychology. We offer presentations and conferences on African history within Afro-Colombian communities and institutions located in the main cities as well as the surrounding rural areas of Colombia. At the local level, we develop study groups to read, discuss and analyze books on African studies, facilitate the understanding and thus enrich the knowledge of our history. The national and local governments have produced some materials in Spanish on the subject of African studies, however, these studies are limited in content and scope.

Our Goal

The SHAFRO Foundation aims to encourage the study, in history, of the Latin American black population which is more than 6,000 years old. This will contribute to the development of an African identity formed from a knowledge of the philosophy of life, ancient principles and African value systems. In this sense, improving the self-esteem and self-realization of black people is essential for their psychological and emotional empowerment.