Altai Mir University

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Mar 11, 2013

Get ready for a matching opportunity

Altai schoolchildren
Altai schoolchildren

You can make a BIG difference for Svetlana Katynova's new initiative 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.

NOW, city kids only learn through history books how their people have been stewards to Altai for millennia. Svetlana aims to change that. She has procured land and volunteers for an ethnic “demonstration” village. Such a village is the last hope to keep the ancient Altai culture alive for these children.

However, the Altai village needs a $20,000 jumpstart. We, the global village, must grasp this opportunity.

Together, we can raise these funds. In 2009, we raised $40,000 that prevented the wholesale confiscation of traditional Altai lands. Watch for notice of an upcoming matching opportunity.

Jan 25, 2013

please close this project

The project leader has raised the funding she needs at this time through other avenues, and would like to close this project at this time. There have been no donors through GlobalGiving. Thank you.

The project leader has raised the funding she needs at this time through other avenues, and would like to close this project at this time. There have been no donors through GlobalGiving. Thank you.

The project leader has raised the funding she needs at this time through other avenues, and would like to close this project at this time. There have been no donors through GlobalGiving. Thank you.

Nov 30, 2012

Altai government OK's Ukok pipeline construction

Ukok Plateau
Ukok Plateau

Over the strong, united objections by the indigenous Altai people, international environmental groups, and the UNESCO World Heritage committee, the government of Altai Republic approved the beginning of construction of a gas pipeline across the sacred Ukok plateau.

The ironic part of this is that the project goes ahead even though there is slim likelihood of Russia and China agreeing on the price of the gas, and engineering studies have shown that the route across the plateau is not economically viable. I've heard it said that the main reason for the construction is to line the pockets of the the construction company owners -- which is an horrific reason to destroy a pristine ecosystem.

The Altai people are well organized in their effort to protect their sacred lands, but as subsistence farmers and herders, they are financially stretched when facing down Gazprom, the Russian national gas company.

Please enjoy the wonderful RussiaToday video about Altai, and contribute what you can as part of your year-end giving, or as a monthly pledge. All the funds we receive are passed directly through to indigenous Altai partners.

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