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Desert Programs

Diabetes is a father who can’t walk his daughter down the aisle because he has lost a leg to nerve damage from Diabetes. Diabetes is a teenage girl who can’t go to sleepovers because she’s afraid she will go into insulin shock in front of her friends.


Diabetes is a lawyer who is going blind...a teacher who’s recovering from a stroke...a dentist who’s developing kidney disease.


Diabetes is a serious disease with deadly and devastating consequences. Let us eat healthier, exercise more, and live Healthy lives - as African Americans are almost twice as likely to have Diabetes compared to the general population.


More than three million African Americans have Diabetes. Diabetes is a serious and deadly disease. There is no cure for Diabetes; however, Diabetes can be controlled.  Most importantly, Diabetes can be prevented.


The mission of the National Diabetes Initiative (NDI) is to aid in the prevention and search for a cure of Diabetes and improve the lives of the Nobility and Courts and the Communities in which we are members, dealing with Diabetes. By joining the NDI, the members of your Temple join the movement to stop Diabetes!

For more information regarding this program, you can contact any Shriner in your city or contact the Desert NDI Director.

Noble Allen P Moore, PP #22

Desert Director National Diabetes Initiative



Desert of Georgia's Shriners As Mentors


Shriners as Mentors provides “at-risk” and “high-risk” African -American male youths a forum to improve educational deficiencies. 

PHSF will award grants to Prince Hall Shriners, at the local, county and state level, in order to provide mentoring and tutoring in critical academic disciplines. 

Local volunteer tutors, counselors and college students will be encouraged to assist with this initiative.

For more information regarding this program, you can contact any Shriner in your city or contact the Desert SAM Director.

Noble Gregory Smith, Sr, PP #256

Desert Director Shriners As Mentors (SAM)



National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) 


The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine shares a long tradition with the NAACP, as some of its prominent attorneys were instrumental in a case which determined the foreseeable future of our organization, when on June 2, 1929 the right to be called "Shriners" was threatened.

For this reason, as well as others, we have committed ourselves to the assisting the NAACP with their goal of membership and spreading information for betterment of not simply our race, but the equality of all races.

For more information regarding this program, you can contact any Shriner in your city or contact the Desert NAACP Representative.

Noble Charles Smith (22)

Desert Director NAACP Representative



Veteran's Affairs Director

The Director liaisons with the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs to provide information on programs to help provide aid and assistance to Nobles and Daughters who are veterans of the Armed Services and their dependents in obtaining the rights and benefits provided by Federal, State and local legislation.

Noble Rick Little, HPP #245

Desert Director Military & Veteran Affairs


Desert of Georgia Memorial Day Honors 2022


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Historically Black College and Universities Initiative

Mission Statement

To assist higher education at Historically Black College and Universities for students of color. To partner with HBCUs in enriching the lives of students and their future.


The HBCU Initiative Committee will serve the Imperial Council as the conduit towards bringing awareness and support to HBCUs. This committee will coordinate the raising of funds to support scholarships for students enrolled at our nation’s Historically Black College and Universities monthly. All disbursements will be monitored and coordinated through this committee as directed through the Imperial Council.

Noble Eric D Payne #145

Desert Director HBCU Initiative


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