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Bronx, New York — The Latest Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx is set to begin on SATURDAY, February 1st 2014.
Taught by Garifuna Language Expert MILTON GUITY, this interactive course in conversational Garifuna is designed to familiarize users with the basics of the Garifuna Language.
The course is ten weeks long and costs $30 (that averages out to $3 a class). Each class takes place on Saturday afternoons at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx and begins at one in the afternoon. Each class lasts about two hours and ends at about three in the afternoon.
Arufudahati (‘Professor’ or ‘Teacher’ in the Garifuna Language) Milton Güity (from Corozal, Honduras) has taught this Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein since 2009 and has noted that each time he teaches the course, HE learns something new. He looks forward to seeing Garinagu or non-Garinagu begin to learn the language that has evolved over the course of 217 years. All are invited. Again, this course begins on SATURDAY, February 1st 2014.
Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”)
874 Prospect Avenue (bet Westchester and E. 161st St)
Bronx, NY 10459
TRAIN: Prospect Avenue Stop on the 2 / 5 Subway Line
BUS: BX 17 Bus
Casa Yurumein is the location of Hondurans Against AIDS Inc, a Garifuna non-profit organization based in the Bronx. It offers social services to the Black Central American (Garifuna and Non-Garifuna) and Central American population in the Bronx. Informally known as Casa Yurumein (“Yurumein House” in Spanish, Yurumein is the Garifuna word for St. Vincent; the ancestral homeland of the Garifuna People), it was housed in a former convent owned by St. Augustine Church in the Bronx since June of 2009. In the fall of 2012 it moved to it’s new location on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx.
Since being founded in 1993, Casa Yurumein essentially evolved into a hub for most things Garifuna in the Bronx. Not only were Garifuna Arts & Crafts classes for youth held there, but the Miss Garifuna training for Young women taking part in the Miss Garifuna Cultural Pageant took place there. The Garifuna Language Course takes place there as well. Not only that, but most Bronx Garifuna organizations from other non-profits to Garifuna Home-Town Associations in the Bronx hold meetings there. The Executive Director of Hondurans Against AIDS Inc (a.k.a. “Casa Yurumein”) is Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna woman from Trujillo, Honduras. Mrs. Mirtha Colon is a clinical social worker with a Masters in Social Work.
Below is Video from a Garifuna Language Class in 2012 at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Professor Milton Güity Sr is in the video.