We can make a difference for Lakota families. The housing situation in Wounded Knee is unspeakably bad. Families are either crowded into flimsy particle-board houses full of black mold or into flimsy FEMA trailers full of black mold.
Our focus this summer is to help Joe Fast Horse and his wife and two children to begin construction of a "dome-home" on the land that is his by tradition. The house will be tucked in a grove of pine trees in the protection of a beautiful windblown ridge. It has a wide territorial view of grasslands.
Joe has been a steadfast volunteer on houses for others during prior summers, and now international volunteers will be assisting him. His family is entirely dependent on your generous donations for materials to keep the volunteers busy. Thank you for doing what you can.
The ancient Altai culture is being lost, overwhelmed by ethnic Russian culture. As traditional Altai pasture lands are being sold out from under them, Altai families are forced into the city to survive and their children have no experience of their sacred way of life.
Project leader Svetlana Katynova has an audacious plan to save her culture: build a traditional village at the edge of the capital city of Gorno-Altaisk, where schoolchildren can be immersed in their traditional culture. Svetlana has the land and the volunteer residents to build and the village and teach the children, but she still needs the funds required to actually build the village.
Summers in the Altai Mountains of Siberia are short and Svetlana dared not let another summer pass, so she has borrowed the $5000 needed for this summer and is counting on your help to pay the bank.
TODAY for the next few hours, your generous donation will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving. What is it worth to save a culture?
Siberian spring has arrived and Altai project leader Svetlana Katynova is already hard at work in Tyungur Village. Your donations have already provided seed funding for a land cooperative for the indigenous Altai people in Tyungur, but the people of nearby Katanda Village are asking for help, too.
In the rest of Russia, the lands owned by indigenous peoples were surveyed and registered with government funds---but not in Altai. Even when these subsistence herders/farmers band together in cooperatives, the costs are several thousand dollars per family. And if they do not register their land, they will certainly lose it as the land rush continues in the Altai Republic, which is experiencing a large influx of ethnic Russian residents.
Svetlana pays her own costs in addition to providing volunteer labor, but the villagers we help are the widows and disabled, who have no possibility to pay for registration of their land.
TODAY, for the next few hours, GlobalGiving will increase your generous donation by 50%. Please do what you can to prevent this priceless legacy from being lost. Thank you!