SHAFRO at Work
Who We Are
We are a team of professionals who have a command of both the English and Spanish languages and who have committed ourselves to the sharing of African history, culture, psychology, and identity through the translation of books written by Black scholars.
What We Do
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, written by black scholars who provide information on African culture, identity and psychology. We offer presentations and lectures on African history to Afro-Colombian community institutions located in the main cities of the country, including the surrounding rural areas. In addition, at the local level, we develop study groups to read, discuss and analyze books on African studies, facilitate their understanding and in this way, enrich the knowledge of our history. The national and local government have produced some materials, in the Spanish language, on the topic of African studies, however these studies are limited in content and scope.
It is in the neighborhood of Potrero Grande located in the Aguablanca District (sectors 13, 14, 15, 21) of the city of Santiago de Cali, in the department of Valley of Cauca, Colombia that the Shafro foundation instituted it’s teaching English through chess activity. The district is approximately 5,600 hectares in the southeast of Cali. The neighborhoods in sectors 13, 14, 15 and 21 have about 700,000 inhabitants and a murder rate that has reached 140 for every hundred thousand inhabitants. Homicide rates for the city are 77 per hundred thousand with the national rate at 44 per hundred thousand.
The members of the Shafro Foundation have made presentations on the history of Africa in different schools, universities, foundations and communities of the city of Cali and surrounding municipalities. Our PowerPoint presentations and other visual materials have aided in the illustration of the accomplishments and grandeur of African history. In addition, it has provoked reflection on the identity, culture, ancestral origins and general knowledge about Africa and its diaspora.
In order to understand African history through selected bibliographic material, we hold periodic study meetings with the general public. This work is done as a group based on readings, discussions and debates that allow generating questions, consolidating knowledge and exchanging ideas.