Nonprofit seeks support for House of Chamorros project

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The project seeks to construct a permanent, highly visible cottage in Balboa Park, San Diego to promote the CHamoru culture and secure a place where the community can come and celebrate with those who come from Guam. (Screenshot from houseofchamorros.org)

An organization is appealing for the community’s support to meet a crucial funding deadline for the House of Chamorros, a project that would create a permanent space for CHamoru culture in Balboa Park. 

Balboa Park is a thriving cultural center in San Diego, California. The park has museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

The House of Chamorros seeks to construct a permanent, highly visible cottage in the park to secure a place where the community can come and celebrate with those who come from Guam. 

According to a release from the nonprofit, the House of Chamorros is nearing the end of a multi-year effort to build the permanent space among the International Cottages in the park.

“The House of Chamorros will stand equally among fellow international cottages in the park such as Italy, China, Puerto Rico and England,” according to a release. “It will bring valuable visibility for the Chamorro culture to an estimated 15 million international visitors that come to the park each year to benefit cultural awareness as well as tourism on Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.” 

Check out houseofchamorros.org for more information on how to support the project. Supporters are asked to contact the House of Chamorros treasurer, Mary San Agustin at treasurer@houseofchamorro.org about becoming a sponsor.

Guam artist Judy Flores and Sandy Uslander’s July interview about the project