We are now focusing on two related arenas:
- preservation of Altai's sacred sites of recognized global importance, and
- support for indigenous stewards of those sites.
GREAT NEWS re sacred sites:
By some miracle, the January 2010 deadline for Altai people to register their traditional lands has been EXTENDED 10 YEARS! We were able to get only the most pivotal lands protected before the deadline. Now, local activists will have time to register the rest. Your previous contributions shifted the balance. A DONATION NOW will be well leveraged to complete the process.
PROGRESS re cultural reclamation:
Sustainable livelihood is the heartbeat of a culture.
- This year's focus is on supporting talented young throat-singers to serve Tyungur village as sound healers. They have been given land on which they must now build their healing center/home. They will need $18,000 for materials for a climate-appropriate building, MATCH THEIR LABOR WITH A MATERIAL DONATION!!
- Women in Bo'ochi village are using ancient technologies to make organic woolen clothing/blankets for export. HELP US FIND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION ROUTES!
For more photos/reports, see http://www.AltaiMir.org. THANK YOU deeply for your support of Altai. It makes a huge difference to the planet.
Huge thanks to you for supporting our campaign to protect pristine Altai lands by supporting ownership registration for indigenous stewards.
Several international NGOs have worked together and the requested funding has been achieved.
We invite you to support the next phase (GlobalGiving Project #3893), which is to "Revive Altai's cultural/environmental technologies" for global environmental and human healing.
Happy Earth Day! Great progress to report in our fundraising to prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats for the well being of the whole planet— and to do justice for the indigenous Altai stewards at the same time.
Thank you for your continuing support in our events and GlobalGiving.com matching campaigns, with your generous donations, networking, and wonderful encouragement. Our supporters have raised about $25,000 toward our urgent $75,000 goal, mostly through very effective fundraising/ consciousness-raising events.
I will deliver your donations to Altai when I go in June. They will be immediately used to survey and communally register the land for villagers who have done everything they can on their end to prepare.
GlobalGiving and Altai Mir University have brokered a deal of $1 match for every $2 donation, which will only be active from April 4 to April 28, 2009.
Plus, a $5000 award will be given to whoever has the MOST $10 DONORS. Help us win this$5,000!
1. Click to DONATE: http://www.globalgiving.com/2002
2. FORWARD to your network
3. Send along heart-felt best wishes to Mother Earth!
Check how well we are doing by clicking here and look for "Prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats."
Your small donations, good wishes and networking tip the scale. I will be particularly glad for word to go out to environmental groups.
This will probably be our last chance to save the Altai lands from commercial development under existing laws. Unprotected lands go up for sale in January 2010.
How it all works:
GlobalGiving's new fundraising campaign, "Give a Little Green"! starts Saturday, April 4. All donations up to $5,000 per individual will receive an additional 50% match! The match will be available from April 4-April 28 or until $25,000 in matching funds have been depleted.
In addition to matching funds, the three projects receiving the greatest number of individual donations will receive extra prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000, respectively. Even if matching funds are depleted, the challenge portion of the campaign will continue until April 28th.
This is a huge opportunity for us to generate a significant amount of extra funds for the Altai project. From April 4 to April 28, the impact of all your donations will really count. Please tell your friends. Remember, the more donors we get, the better our chances of earning an additional $5,000. A year ago, we won an extra $1000, so I know we can do it.
Thank you for your continuing support and participation!
Altai is more than a place – it Is a sacred way of being.
Altai Mir University serves as an global bridge for ancient wisdom and power of Altai.
For further information, see
www.AltaiMir.org and www.AltaiBooks.com