Today is GlobalGiving "Matching Day" and our urgently needed house-building project in Pine Ridge, South Dakota will get an extra 30% matching bonus with your donation.
The matching starts at 9am ET and goes until the matching funds are all allocated, which usually takes not more than half a day. So please donate immediately if you can.
Our project leader, Lakota elder Christinia Eala, just keeps on plugging, stretching every dollar past the breaking point, organizing volunteers and donated materials for next summer's build. After building supplies, the biggest and least avoidable expense is for gasoline. The nearest building supply is a two-hour drive away, in Rapid City, and volunteers must be transported back and forth to the airport as well.
Your donation not only enables the work, but it also sends a strong message to the beleaguered Lakota people that the American public does care about solving the problems we have collectively created for indigenous peoples. Thank you for both previous and future donations!!!
Tomorrow morning, you'll have an opportunity to contribute toward the construction of safe housing on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and a matching grant will increase your gift.
Our Lakota partner Christinia Eala has to make preparations now, while the temperatures are still frigid, to be ready for next season's volunteer builders of safe eco-friendly homes for Lakota children. The situation on the reservation is truly as bad as any Third World slum, and if the families leave their land to try to improve their lives, they lose not only their land, but their culture as well.Those of us who have benefitted from Native American lands need to right this situation. Please help Christinia be ready to bring hope to these families. We'll send you a link in the morning when the matching grant begins. Thank you for your continuing generosity!!
Svetlana Katynova's new initiative may be the last hope for the ancient Altai culture. Your support is urgently needed to prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats by creating an eco-village to immerse ethnic Altai kids living in the city of Gorno-Altaisk in their indigenous culture. We are very fortunate to have such capable local leaders as Svetlana, leveraging every kopek, persuading the local government to provide land. However, the Altai village needs a $20,000 jumpstart to move forward with land registration, access road repair, and drinking water management.
Please check out and sign up for the great new blog about saving Altai culture written by Svetlana's daughter Tolunay Mongush -- http://altaierjine.wordpress.com/.
You have helped in the past with donations that have enabled the Altai people to get this far, and we are VERY grateful for your generosity. Please look for our e-mail tomorrow morning to see how your contribution can be substantially increased.