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Sep 11, 2020

NAAF September 2020 Report and Newsletter

Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellness) Campaign
Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellness) Campaign

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year from GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation. We are honored to share highlights from the last few months. And we are ready to tackle new challenges in education. 

Remote Learning Center

COVID-19 has affected schools with the Bureau of Indian Education for many Native Nations in Arizona. To sustain K-12th grade studies, NAAF and GuVo Community established a new Remote Learning Center. Together, we welcome Monica, who developed a plan for online learning resources for all community families. A lifelong advocate for children, educators and families, Monica brings creativity and innovation to the Remote Learning Center.

Ruth's Garden

Ruth’s Garden has been inspirational in her first year! We are humbled by the support and work of our community gardeners and volunteers. These incredible gardeners of all ages gave their time during a record hot summer. They grew delicious food, planted fruit trees and desert succulents, built fences, set up poles for a walkway and made bricks with traditional Tohono O'odham methods. Gardeners cultivated beauty and made birds sing...

Health and Wellness Campaigns

Social distancing was a summer policy in Arizona and Tohono O'odham Nation. NAAF, the Healthy People Coalition and partner Arizona Complete Health held two remote wellness campaigns. In July, we all worked to #BeKind. Students participated by doing something wonderful for another person or animal. In August, we celebrated Ha-Ap’ethag (Our Well-Being). Youth participated in mind and body strength with cicwi (action and games) and stahadag (fun)! Every student received t-shirts, frisbees and prizes. They connected with each other via social media.  

Community Volunteers and Support During COVID-19

Last but far from least, a moment of gratitude. Keeping food and supplies available during COVID-19 is a major challenge. The staff of The Store took on the challenge. These beautiful people ensured food, household and personal items were accessible: Sonya, Brenda, Sydney, Raymanda, Tyler and River.

We close with applause for our indispensable volunteer drivers. These people cannot be thanked enough: Jackie, Patkie, Shani, Jaeney, Gary, Curtis and Caden.

And thanks to you, friends. Your support of NAAF and GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation is foundational.

Aleena & Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Aleena & Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Donovan & Fay #BeKind Campaign
Donovan & Fay #BeKind Campaign
Ariza Dom Palulu & Brandon Ha Ap'ethag Campaign
Ariza Dom Palulu & Brandon Ha Ap'ethag Campaign
Ruth's Garden Watermelon
Ruth's Garden Watermelon
Traditional O'odham Bricks
Traditional O'odham Bricks
Sunset Ruth's Garden
Sunset Ruth's Garden

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Sep 8, 2020

NAAF September 2020 Report and Newsletter

Ruth's Garden Watermelon Harvest
Ruth's Garden Watermelon Harvest

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year from GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation. We are honored to share highlights from the last few months. And we are ready to tackle new challenges in education. 

Remote Learning Center

COVID-19 has affected schools with the Bureau of Indian Education for many Native Nations in Arizona. To sustain K-12th grade studies, NAAF and GuVo Community established a new Remote Learning Center. Together, we welcome Monica, who developed a plan for online learning resources for all community families. A lifelong advocate for children, educators and families, Monica brings creativity and innovation to the Remote Learning Center.

Ruth's Garden

Ruth’s Garden has been inspirational in her first year! We are humbled by the support and work of our community gardeners and volunteers. These incredible gardeners of all ages gave their time during a record hot summer. They grew delicious food, planted fruit trees and desert succulents, built fences, set up poles for a walkway and made bricks with traditional Tohono O'odham methods. Gardeners cultivated beauty and made birds sing...

Health and Wellness Campaigns

Social distancing was a summer policy in Arizona and Tohono O'odham Nation. NAAF, the Healthy People Coalition and partner Arizona Complete Health held two remote wellness campaigns. In July, we all worked to #BeKind. Students participated by doing something wonderful for another person or animal. In August, we celebrated Ha-Ap’ethag (Our Well-Being). Youth participated in mind and body strength with cicwi (action and games) and stahadag (fun)! Every student received t-shirts, frisbees and prizes. They connected with each other via social media.  

Community Volunteers and Support During COVID-19

Last but far from least, a moment of gratitude. Keeping food and supplies available during COVID-19 is a major challenge. The staff of The Store took on the challenge. These beautiful people ensured food, household and personal items were accessible: Sonya, Brenda, Sydney, Raymanda, Tyler and River.

We close with applause for our indispensable volunteer drivers. These people cannot be thanked enough: Jackie, Patkie, Shani, Jaeney, Gary, Curtis and Caden.

And thanks to you, friends. Your support of NAAF and GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation is foundational.

 

 

Ray and Watermelon Delivery for Children's Meals
Ray and Watermelon Delivery for Children's Meals
Jessenia #BeKind Campaign
Jessenia #BeKind Campaign
Aleena and Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Aleena and Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellbeing) Campaign
Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellbeing) Campaign
Emiliano Nathaniel Emily John Aydenn  Ha Ap'ethag
Emiliano Nathaniel Emily John Aydenn Ha Ap'ethag
Donovan and Fay #BeKind Campaign
Donovan and Fay #BeKind Campaign
Ruth'sGarden
Ruth'sGarden

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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!
 
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