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Jan 4, 2019

NAAF Winter Newsletter 2018

Volunteers help out after Hurricane Rosa
Volunteers help out after Hurricane Rosa

Happy Holidays from NAAF!

When the rainfall from Hurricane Rosa produced "unprecedented levels of flooding on the Tohono O’odham Nation (TON), particularly in the vicinity of the Menagers Dam Community," the community pulled together and provided help where help was needed. NAAF would like to express our gratitude to all of the volunteers who donated their time and services to help out after this devastating storm.  

  • An incredible 119 volunteers 
  • 89 TON employee volunteers
  • 56 homes, or approximately 70 individuals, were evacuated from the area by either GuVo District Administration, Red Cross, or personal vehicle
  • NAAF served a total of 95 meals to evacuees and volunteers
  • The Store, which is the only grocery center in the area, was able to provide water, food, and other supplies to evacuation centers 


The Pia Oik Community now has its own After-School Program!

NAAF recently assisted Pia Oik Community in establishing their own after-school program! This new program runs Monday – Thursday from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. 15 students attend the program, which is run by 5 parent volunteers all trained by NAAF staff. The students are served a snack and enjoy arts & crafts and outdoor games.

Recent NAAF Sponsored Community Events!

 NAAF aims to provide frequent, fun, substance-free family events at no cost to the community or participants. Through close collaborations with The Store, volunteers, and Tribal organizations, NAAF is able to encourage community engagement, substance awareness, and health and wellness. Below are a few of our recent events: 

  • Burgers & Bingo (November 9th)
    • Over 80 participants and 15 community volunteers
    • Complimentary bingo with prizes and drawing for grocery credit to The Store
    • "Burger Deal" at The Store
    • NAAF provided free transportation
  • GuVo District Day (November 17th)
    • 150 visitors to NAAF's booth
    • 3 turkeys and 1 ham were raffled off by NAAF
    • Fun Run/Walk to promote fitness
    • Traditional Games, entertainment, and GuVo Royalty announcements (pictured)
  • HOPP 3-Mile Fun Run (November 30th)
    • Hosted in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month
    • 47 Participants & 7 volunteers
    • 47 meals and snacks served
    • NAAF provided free transportation
  • Hamburgers & Holidays with Santa! (Saturday, December 8th)
    • Free hot chocolate, face painting, and pictures with Santa and his friends
    • Santa brought a surprise for each child
    • "Burger Deal" at The Store
    • NAAF provided free transportation
Piak Oik ASP!
Piak Oik ASP!
Christmas in GuVo!
Christmas in GuVo!
NAAF donated 251 books to San Simon School!
NAAF donated 251 books to San Simon School!
Dec 22, 2018

NAAF Winter Newsletter 2018

Christmas in GuVo!
Christmas in GuVo!

                     Happy Holidays from NAAF!

When the rainfall from Hurricane Rosa produced "unprecedented levels of flooding on the Tohono O’odham Nation (TON), particularly in the vicinity of the Menagers Dam Community," the community pulled together and provided help where help was needed. NAAF would like to express our gratitude to all of the volunteers who donated their time and services to help out after this devastating storm.  

  • An incredible 119 volunteers 
  • 89 TON employee volunteers
  • 56 homes, or approximately 70 individuals, were evacuated from the area by either GuVo District Administration, Red Cross, or personal vehicle
  • NAAF served a total of 95 meals to evacuees and volunteers
  • The Store, which is the only grocery center in the area, was able to provide water, food, and other supplies to evacuation centers 

The Pia Oik Community now has its own After-School Program!

NAAF recently assisted Pia Oik Community in establishing their own after-school program! This new program runs Monday – Thursday from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. 15 students attend the program, which is run by 5 parent volunteers all trained by NAAF staff. The students are served a snack and enjoy arts & crafts and outdoor games.

Recent NAAF Sponsored Community Events!

 NAAF aims to provide frequent, fun, substance-free family events at no cost to the community or participants. Through close collaborations with The Store, volunteers, and Tribal organizations, NAAF is able to encourage community engagement, substance awareness, and health and wellness. Below are a few of our recent events: 

  • Burgers & Bingo (November 9th)
    • Over 80 participants and 15 community volunteers
    • Complimentary bingo with prizes and drawing for grocery credit to The Store
    • "Burger Deal" at The Store
    • NAAF provided free transportation
  • GuVo District Day (November 17th)
    • 150 visitors to NAAF's booth
    • 3 turkeys and 1 ham were raffled off by NAAF
    • Fun Run/Walk to promote fitness
    • Traditional Games, entertainment, and GuVo Royalty announcements (pictured)
  • HOPP 3-Mile Fun Run (November 30th)
    • Hosted in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month
    • 47 Participants & 7 volunteers
    • 47 meals and snacks served
    • NAAF provided free transportation
  • Hamburgers & Holidays with Santa! (Saturday, December 8th)
    • Free hot chocolate, face painting, and pictures with Santa and his friends
    • Santa brought a surprise for each child
    • "Burger Deal" at The Store
    • NAAF provided free transportation
Volunteers help out after Hurricane Rosa
Volunteers help out after Hurricane Rosa
Piak Oik ASP!
Piak Oik ASP!
NAAF donated 251 books to San Simon School!
NAAF donated 251 books to San Simon School!
Oct 2, 2018

NAAF Fall Newsletter 2018

NAAF's 2018 Summer Adventure Program was a blast! 

NAAF has officially wrapped up its 7th annual Summer Adventure Program (SAP). The SAP operates in June and July, and gives the kids in GuVo a safe, fun place to stay out of the heat (temperatures soar over 100 degrees regularly), stay scholastically engaged, and have some great adventures! This year the kids participated in the Truck of Love, visited educational sites like The Children's Museum in Tucson, and also got to have some fun at Get Air and Amazing Jakes. A meal and a snack are served each day during the program. This year, NAAF served 400 snacks and 382 meals to the 30 students enrolled in the program.

The goal of the GuVo Summer Adventure Program is to promote education, build our youths’ self-esteem, spark curiosity, and shape strong, healthy, contributing members of society. The program focuses on reading, math, technology, and health education. Also incorporated are the teaching and development of traditional Tohono O’odham art, handcrafts, language, gardening, and cultural history.

Congratulations 2018 Interns on a Job Well Done!

Session 1 of NAAF’s internship program has concluded. During the past 6 months, interns have received job training with both NAAF and The Store. On the last day of the program, GuVo community members gathered to celebrate their achievements. Interns gave speeches about all they had learned and accomplished throughout their internship.

“[NAAF] taught me to never stop learning because life never stops teaching. I have learned a lot like strong communication skills, basic computer skills, how data entry works and how to keep reports…before I felt like there was nothing out here for me, but when I started to help out it felt good being a part of a team rather than alone… No matter how tough life gets, never give up!”  – NAAF Intern

Grad Solutions Program Expansion

Through a partnership with Grad Solutions, a private online school that allows students to complete their high school education and graduate with a diploma, NAAF offers classes online. Over the last 3 years, NAAF’s Graduate Solutions program has operated at capacity with 11 enrolled students as well as a waiting list. Eager to meet the demand for adult education opportunities, NAAF has worked diligently to secure funding for additional laptops and E-learning materials. Thanks to our donors and partnerships with Tohono O’odham Utility Authority and GuVo District, NAAF is happy to report that the program’s capacity will more than double in 2019!

Former NAAF Students Head to College

Two of NAAF’s former after-school students have officially begun their freshman year at Tohono O’odham Community College. Both girls remain actively involved with NAAF and the GuVo community. One will pursue a degree in Liberal Arts while the other intends to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. We are incredibly proud of their achievements and look forward to their continued success and impact on the Tohono O’odham Nation!

 

Thank you so much for all you do to help us keep these vital programs up and running! Your kind donations are what make it possible!

 
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