Village Earth

Village Earth helps reconnect communities to the resources that promote human well-being by enhancing social and political empowerment, community self-reliance and self-determination. We do this by strengthening intermediate and grassroots organizations through fiscal sponsorship, networking, training, research and advocacy.
May 5, 2015

Report on Upgrading our Library

Thank you to everyone who has supported the upgrade of our library. We are pleased to say that as a result of these changes our library has recently increasing the amount of students come in. There are about 30 students each day reading books, and playing games. So through the donations, we could buy more books and resources for our library. We also bought a new table and some chairs for our students to read their books.

Our librarian, Phyrom has organized the library time very well for our students. Our English students come to the library once a week to search the new English vocabularies and read the stories. This has increased their reading and research skills. Additionally, Phyrom also has read the books for the small children who cannot read, so they are not only come in to play games, but they can listen to the stories and got new knowledge as well. He also has the story telling time for all students. After reading, he asks the  students some questions about the main advices to the stories. So this has increased our students thinking and understanding. More over our students have the coloring time to the copied pictures too, so they can enjoy coloring and take them home.

We see that Library is very useful for our students, especially we want to create the reading habit to our children, so they will understand how important of reading. When reading become their habits, they will find the way to success their lives and to develop their own countries as well.

Apr 14, 2015

Spring 2015 Report for LLRP

Pasture No. 928 Acquired with help from LLRp
Pasture No. 928 Acquired with help from LLRp

Dear LLRP Supporters, 

Thank you for making this an especially impactfuly spring for the Lakota Lands Recovery Project. LLRP began in 2003 to support grassroots organizations on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota working to reclaim and consolidate tribal lands and access the resources needed for the Lakota people to live on, protect, and utilize it, helping to return the balance between economy, ecology, and culture.

This spring we were focused on helping  Edward Iron Cloud III, member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and lifetime resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation acquire 1500 acres of land near his community of Porcupine and adjacent to the bison pasture he manages for the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation, a Native-run community organization. He and his family plan to use this land as a camp for individuals and groups visiting the Reservation. I'm happy to say we were successful in this effort and obtained the lease from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in February of 2015. 

We have also continued working on our campaign to investigate the USDA's Indian Tribal Lands Acquisition Program. They finally responded to our FOIA request (waiting until the very last day allowed by law). Our focus now is to tabulate the data and reach out to the different tribes who have received loans under this program to learn about how they have impacted their Reservation (positevely and negatively). We were initialy concerned about this program after learning that the Oglala Sioux Tribe has been struglling to pay these loans back after they were granted in the last 1970s and how all of their land is controlled by the USDA as a result. 

We'll keep you updated on these exciting initiatives. If you haven't done so already, be sure to sign up on our mailing list on our website at http://www.villageearth.org/global-affiliates/pine-ridge-reservation and follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/lakotalands?fref=ts

Thanks so much for all your help! Our work wouldn't be possible without your help!

 

 

Apr 7, 2015

Report on Rebuilding Community Center

Cultural Center
Cultural Center

The community of San Javier, Baja California Sur would like to proudly report that due to your support after Hurricane Odile, their Community Cultural Center is again open! The community was thrilled to see the outpouring of international support they received to rebuild their Cultural Center, which for them is a symbol of unity and perseverance. A new pulse of energy and excitement emanates through the new walls as people from town and surrounding ranches came together to clean the space, hang photographs and display new products.

To capture the height of the tourist season, the community decided to temporarily put up woven bamboolike (Carrizo) walls, waiting for the slow months of the summer to completely remodel the space. As the physical space is rebuilt, the social organization surrounding the Cultural Center is also strengthening. A new community board has been elected and the board has hired a new young woman from San Javier to oversee management of the center. This spring, Living Roots will be working with the community on an ongoing workshop series surrounding sustainable tourism training, leadership and communication and valuation of their natural and cultural resources.

San Javier sends you a big abrazo from from the Sierra La Giganta for helping keep the doors of the Community Cultural Center open!

Cleaning the Center
Cleaning the Center
Tourists Coming Back to Visit
Tourists Coming Back to Visit
Electing New Committee
Electing New Committee
Checking Inventory
Checking Inventory

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