Svetlana Katynova's new initiative may be the last hope for the ancient Altai culture. Your support is urgently needed to prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats by creating an eco-village to immerse ethnic Altai kids living in the city of Gorno-Altaisk in their indigenous culture. We are very fortunate to have such capable local leaders as Svetlana, leveraging every kopek, persuading the local government to provide land. However, the Altai village needs a $20,000 jumpstart to move forward with land registration, access road repair, and drinking water management.
Please check out and sign up for the great new blog about saving Altai culture written by Svetlana's daughter Tolunay Mongush -- http://altaierjine.wordpress.com/.
You have helped in the past with donations that have enabled the Altai people to get this far, and we are VERY grateful for your generosity. Please look for our e-mail tomorrow morning to see how your contribution can be substantially increased.
Tomorrow, you will have a chance to make your donation to revive the Altai culture BIGGER!
Our Altai partner, Svetlana Katynova has persuaded the local government to make land available for a traditional Altai village so that Altai kids living in the city can experience their culture, which is otherwise lost to them. Thirty volunteers are ready to built the village and live in it, reviving hope for Altai culture for 25,000 ethnic Altai people in the city of Gorno-Altaisk.
First, however, the land must be surveyed and registered, a water tower must be built, and the mountainous access road must be made passable.
Check your e-mail tomorrow morning for the details on how to make a BIG difference.
Tomorrow, your donation will be matched at 30%! This is a great opportunity to support the young Altai throat-singers who are, truly, the hope for the future of their at-risk culture.
These youths, coming out of situations of extreme financial lack, are winning national contests. They deserve to have a chance to fulfill their potential. Eighteen-year-old Viktor, pictured in this report, is one of those needing your support. He is shown onstage in the process of winning a contest celebrating ethnic minorities in Russia last November.
Look for the e-mail tomorrow morning and please give as generously as you can. Thank you for your ongoing support!