Viktor, one of our gifted young throat-singers was invited to a national festival in St. Petersburg. It was his chance to shine -- and shine he did, winning first place in the throat-singing contest.
But it was only with donations through GlobalGiving that he had travel money to go. We were very grateful for the resources to enable Viktor to succeed not only in his own life, but as the hopeful next generation of a reviving culture.
Please consider a recurring donation or a generous year-end contribution that will enable Viktor to continue to develop his gifts, which are at the core of the threatened Altai culture.
Thank you for your continuing support.
A week ago, I got an urgent e-mail from our Altai partner Svetlana. Viktor, one of our gifted young throat-singers had been invited to a national festival in St. Petersburg. It was his chance to shine.
Trouble was, he had no money for travel. I couldn't help personally because my own personal resources have long since been maxed out on this project; the need there is so great. Fortunately, donations made through GlobalGiving had just been disbursed, and we were able to send $130.
Yesterday, Svetlana e-mailed again. Viktor had placed first in the national contest and was on his way home by train. Photos are promised when he arrives back in Altai after the 3-day journey.
As you are doing you "joy-to-the world"s this year, please consider a recurring donation that will enable our young throat-singers to continue their schooling. Or maybe a generous year-end contribution to rebuild our Altai emergency funds.
Our on-the-ground project manager, Svetlana Katynova, is steadfastly continuing her efforts to protect traditional Altai lands and sacred sites.
Svetlana is now focusing on preventing the desecration of Altai lands by strengthening of the cultural infrastructure through support of indigenous entrepreneurship. The development and incubation of micro-enterprises will eventually produce the financial resources for the Altai people to be self-sustaining in their protection of their lands.
We continue to explore funding through local governmental agencies and through grant proposals. However, your donation and the donations of hundreds of others to this project are actually what has sustained it.