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May 18, 2020

NAAF COVID-19 Update

NAAF Happy Meal
NAAF Happy Meal

Dear Friends,

Like most of the country, the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation as a whole are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the challenges that arise due to the outbreak are exacerbated by GuVo's rural and remote location. Food scarcity is an issue in the best of times, and has proven to be one of the most pressing issues GuVo currently faces during the pandemic. 

The Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF) has directed the bulk of its current efforts toward making sure that healthy meals are available to the community during these difficult times. The TON has issued a "stay-at-home" order to keep the community safe during the pandemic. Due to these important safety measures, NAAF's academic programs have been suspended until further notice. 

In the meantime, NAAF continues to operate at full capacity to serve the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation during this time of great need. Care packages have been lovingly prepared and delivered to the community elders. Meals are delivered door to door every weekday to students and families that need them. On average, NAAF provides about 100 meals per day to kids in GuVo. Meals includes activities and other educational items for kids, something we call the "NAAF Happy Meal." 

At this time, the Summer Adventure Program is still slated to start in June, but the date is contingent on CDC, national, and TON guidelines. Meanwhile, NAAF continues to develop our exciting new I:mig language program, and also continues to build and work our new community gardens!

All of us at NAAF thank you for your amazing support. Now more than ever, your contributions are needed, and are making a big difference in the GuVo District. 

Thank you!

The Tohono O'odham Word of the Day
The Tohono O'odham Word of the Day
Prepping care packages for elders
Prepping care packages for elders
Community Garden
Community Garden
Safety First!
Safety First!
May 18, 2020

NAAF COVID-19 Update

A NAAF Happy Meal
A NAAF Happy Meal

Dear Friends,

Like most of the country, the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation as a whole are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the challenges that arise due to the outbreak are exacerbated by GuVo's rural and remote location. Food scarcity is an issue in the best of times, and has proven to be one of the most pressing issues GuVo currently faces during the pandemic. 

The Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF) has directed the bulk of its current efforts toward making sure that healthy meals are available to the community during these difficult times. The TON has issued a "stay-at-home" order to keep the community safe during the pandemic. Due to these important safety measures, NAAF's academic programs have been suspended until further notice. 

In the meantime, NAAF continues to operate at full capacity to serve the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation during this time of great need. Care packages have been lovingly prepared and delivered to the community elders. Meals are delivered door to door every weekday to students and families that need them. On average, NAAF provides about 100 meals per day to kids in GuVo. Meals includes activities and other educational items for kids, something we call the "NAAF Happy Meal."

At this time, the Summer Adventure Program is still slated to start in June, but the date is contingent on CDC, national, and TON guidelines. Meanwhile, NAAF continues to develop our exciting new I:mig language program, and also continues to build and work our new community gardens!

All of us at NAAF thank you for your amazing support. Now more than ever, your contributions are needed, and are making a big difference in the GuVo District. 

Thank you!

The Tohono O'odham Word of the Day
The Tohono O'odham Word of the Day
Community Garden
Community Garden
Prepping care packages
Prepping care packages
Safety First!
Safety First!
Jan 15, 2020

NAAF Newsletter Winter 2019

Happy New Year from all of us at NAAF!

 

The I:mig Project

Many Indigenous languages throughout the world are endangered or in peril of going extinct. The O'odham language, though still spoken by many elders and some young people, is one of those languages. NAAF was created to meet the needs of the GuVo and Tohno O'odham communities. One of the needs consistently voiced by the community is for the preservation and documentation of the O'odham language, with a focus on the dialects of the western districts. To that end, NAAF has begun work on the I:mig Project, which will not only preserve and document the language but will also provide lessons to the community, including in NAAF's After-School and Summer Adventure Programs. 

The GuVo Food Sovereignty Project

The smiling kids in the picture above are the NAAF Young Gardners, and they are super excited about NAAF's new GuVo Food Sovereignty Project! The GuVo Food Sovereignty project will address food sovereignty and environmental management based on Tohono O’odham agricultural heritage and contemporary approaches. This policy will expand choices for community members to access and cultivate healthy food. The policy focuses on four main areas: youth education and sustenance, irrigation, family gardens, and development of a district farm. Food sovereignty, community health, and environmental sustainability are the main policy issues. As O’odham people, our range for policy is not 10 or 20 years, but 50, 100 years and beyond. We are developing a comprehensive policy based on the himdag (culture).

Virtual Learning Center VLC

The GuVo District is a rural area in southwestern Arizona, and its remote location combined with pervasive poverty in the area makes it difficult for many in the community to access the internet. Many adults in GuVo and nearby districts have expressed a desire to earn their high school diploma or GED, but that can be a big challenge without internet access. Through NAAF's Virtual Learning Center (VLC), those adults can now access the internet, earn their GED through NAAF's GED program, or earn their diploma through Grad Solutions, who partners with NAAF to help students complete their high school education and graduate. 

GuVo Academic After-School Program (ASP)

2019 marks the 8th year of NAAF's ASP, and the program now serves more students than ever. NAAF now operates 2 ASP programs, one at the Al Jek Recreation Center in Ali Chuk Village on the southern end of the District, and one in GuVo Village on the northern end. This allows students from villages on either side of the District to receive the help they need to do well in school, the food they need to stay healthy and focused, and the cultural lessons that are so important in preserving the O'odham language and culture, or himdag. The community, especially students and their parents, rely on NAAF's afterschool programs, and NAAF is proud of the positive difference their programs make for GuVo.

All of the wonderful projects and programs that NAAF brings to GuVo are only possible because of you and your donations. Together we are making a big difference in the lives of many. Thank you!

 
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