Jan 3, 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 below 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!

Oct 8, 2019

NAAF Newsletter Fall 2019

Summer Adventure Kids visiting Border Patrol!
Summer Adventure Kids visiting Border Patrol!

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe, but fall is here, and school is back in session. That means that for the 9th consecutive year, NAAF will be providing the Academic After-School Program at two locations in GuVo District; GuVo Village, and Ali Chugk.

First, a quick recap of our GuVo Summer Adventure Program:

This year's SAP was a big hit! At full enrollment, 30 youth participated in our 6-week program this year.

 Highlights included:

Truck of Love Camp
Traditional Tohono O'odham arts & crafts
Gardening and Saguaro Fruit harvesting (bahidaj)
Outdoor recreation with HOPP, including water games, basketball, volleyball, and kickball
Field trips
Healthy meals and snacks served every day

These two programs combined serve 65 amazing kids from GuVo District. That means that those 65 kids will have access to quality educational services, healthy meals and snacks, STEM activities, drug & alcohol prevention, traditional Tohono O'odham arts & crafts, and O'odham language lessons!

This year, NAAF begins the first phase of its Language Program, which will ultimately document and preserve the O'odham language, as well as teaching lessons to youth and adults alike. We at NAAF are EXTREMELY excited about this project, as we know first hand how important it is to preserve and document this endangered language.

All of NAAF's wonderful success stories, programs, and events are possible thanks to your generous contributions, and we at NAAF thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Together we are bringing positive change to the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation.

                                                Thank you so much!

NAAF's New Language Program is Underway!
NAAF's New Language Program is Underway!
Grad Solutions Graduate! Congratulations!
Grad Solutions Graduate! Congratulations!
GED Grad! Way to Go!
GED Grad! Way to Go!
Our "Little Library" is very popular!
Our "Little Library" is very popular!
Sep 25, 2019

NAAF Newsletter - Fall 2019

Lets Learn O'odham!
Lets Learn O'odham!

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe, but fall is nearly here, and school is back in session. That means that for the 9th consecutive year, NAAF will be providing the Academic After-School Program at two locations in GuVo District; GuVo Village, and Ali Chugk.

These two programs combined serve 65 amazing kids from GuVo District. That means that those 65 kids will have access to quality educational services, healthy meals and snacks, STEM activities, drug & alcohol prevention, traditional Tohono O'odham arts & crafts, and O'odham language lessons!

This year, NAAF begins the first phase of its Language Program, which will ultimately document and preserve the O'odham language, as well as teaching lessons to youth and adults alike. We at NAAF are EXTREMELY excited about this project, as we know first hand how important it is to preserve and document this endangered language.

All of NAAF's wonderful success stories, programs, and events are possible thanks to your generous contributions, and we at NAAF thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Together we are bringing positive change to the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation.

                                                Thank you so much!

NAAF's Little Library is Very Poplular
NAAF's Little Library is Very Poplular
The Kids Having a Blast @ Border Patrol Station
The Kids Having a Blast @ Border Patrol Station
Congrats Grad Solutions Grads!
Congrats Grad Solutions Grads!
Ready for the New School Year!
Ready for the New School Year!
Congrats GED Grads!
Congrats GED Grads!
 
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