Thank you for supporting Indigenous youth leadership exchanges. Our current emphasis is on supporting Altai students of traditional music, especially throat-singing, to complete their university studies so they can contribute to their communities as professional sound-healers and carriers of culture.
A representative for a granting agency once told me that they do not require Altai people to individually present evidence of financial need, because although their culture is rich, their wallets have not been. For students leave their villages to study, outside financial assistance is necessary.
We have supported one group of about six students for two years now, and that group still has two years of study remaining. However, a new group of young students is now ready for university study, so, to support them as well, the needs are increased.
I invite you to continue contributing to this important process, maybe even with a monthly subscription donation.
Like a bad dream, this horrific boondoggle pipeline project directly through the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the ecologically fragile Ukok Plateau has risen again.
We had such hope last fall, when it was revealed that there was about a 25% difference between what China was willing to pay, and what Russian wanted to receive.
But Gazprom has now stated its intention to move forward with the pipeline construction, even though there is no agreement with China on price, even though the costs will outweigh the projected profits, even though it is a gross violation of Russia's commitment to protect world heritage sites, even though it is in violation of Russian environmental laws.
The only winner will be the huge construction companies that build the pipeline. Your donation will directly support the Altai activists resisting this travesty on behalf of their people, but also on behalf the the world.
Thank you for your continued support of the sacred Altai culture. Your contribution during the winter is especially valuable, because materials for the construction of the new Altai cultural revival center must be ready to go when spring comes to Altai. The nice weather doesn't last long!
A great start was made last summer, with construction of the perimeter fencing, outhouse, outdoor kitchen shelter, and two small traditional buildings for sleeping and storage. Even at that interim stage a month-long summer music camp for local village children was organized -- using as counselors the young throat-singers whose education we support in a different project.
Protection of the Altai culture is a win for the whole world. Please give generously!