The purpose of the Djimon Hounsou Foundation (DHF) is twofold:
Strengthen Africa’s intergenerational identity and self-awareness by reconnecting the Peoples of the African Diaspora with their motherland and celebrating ‘Unity in Diversity’.
Combat modern-day slavery & human trafficking to stop exploitation, loss of freedom, and identity, and educate about the causes, stakes and consequences of slavery.
Strengthening Connections Among the African Diaspora.
December 2 marks the ‘International Day for the Abolition of Slavery’ as well as the birthday of the Djimon Hounsou Foundation. On this symbolic day in 2019, Djimon Hounsou commemorated the 400-Year-Anniversary of the transatlantic trade with a speech in front of the Ark of Return at the United Nations Headquarters.
On this occasion, the African-American actor and humanitarian also announced the formation of the Djimon Hounsou Foundation. Based in Los Angeles, California, we are a tax-exempt charity dedicated to the mission outlined below.
Djimon Gaston Hounsou born April 24, 1964) is a Beninese-American actor and model.
Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He emigrated to Lyon in France at the age of 12 with his brother, Edmond. Soon after arriving there, he dropped out of school and was homeless for a time. A chance meeting with a photographer led to an introduction to fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who encouraged Hounsou to pursue a modeling career. In 1987, he became a model and established a career in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1990.