Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief

by Can'd Aid
Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief
Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief
Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief
Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief
Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief
Drinking Water to Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief
Water Run at Sleeping Giant Brewing Photo 1
Water Run at Sleeping Giant Brewing Photo 1

As efforts to provide Navajo Nation residents monthly shipments of water continue (with an additional truckload arriving this month) - Can'd Aid's WATER + RESPONSE program efforts were immediately and temporarily redirected in the wake of extreme weather across Texas that left millions without access to clean water. Nearly 250,000 cans of water were sent to communities across Texas and Kentucky to assist with relief efforts.

Can'd Aid received a rocket-fueled boost when comedian Chelsea Handler funded an entire truckload of water, then celebrated her birthday skiing nearly naked and requested additional support for our Texas water efforts on social media - which created a massive people-powered surge of support. Handler's post helped Can'd Aid has raise over $18,000 from 437 donors and gain over 1,500 new followers on social media. 

Another positive development in Can'd Aid's WATER + RESPONSE program comes in the form of a new partnership with canning partner Sleeping Giant Brewing - whose first run of cans was sent to Navajo Nation residents in mid-February. Between Oskar Blues Brewery and the addition of Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Can'd Aid has doubled our ability to respond quickly with shipments of clean drinking water for communities in need.

Since our most recent project report:

Navajo Nation | Covid-19 Relief Water Shipments

  • 1/21 - Navajo Nation (Sage Memorial Hospital) in Ganado, AZ | 50,400 cans
  • 1/21 - Superior Unified School District in Superior, AZ | 27,600 cans
  • 2/21 - Chinle Chapter House in Chinle, AZ | 36,000 cans 
  • 2/21 - Kayenta Fitness Center in Chinle, AZ | 16,800 cans
  • (In Progress) - Navajo Nation 

Texas | Extreme Weather Emergency Water Shipments

  • 2/24/21 - City of Austin in AustinTX | 50,400 cans
  • 2/28/21 - Houston Food Bank in HoustonTX | 50,400 cans 
  • 3/3/21 - Plano Food Bank in Plano, TX | 25,200 cans
  • 3/3/21 - Houston Food Bank in Houston,TX | 50,400 cans 
  • 3/3/21 - Ben  E. Keith in San Antonio,TX | 25,200 cans

Kentucky | Flooding/Water Boil Emergency Water Shipments

  • 3/5/21 - Breathitt County Emergency Mgmt Agency in Jackson, KY - 48,000 cans

Thank you for supporting Can'd Aid's WATER + RESPONSE efforts!

Alyssa Lile
Program + Outreach Manager

Water Run at Sleeping Giant Brewing Photo 2
Water Run at Sleeping Giant Brewing Photo 2


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COVID continues to spike throughout Navajo Nation, with cases exceeding the alarming numbers set back in May with over 13,744 current cases. 55 communities have been identified, within Navajo Nation, with the uncontrolled spreading of COVID. Tuba City is one of those communities with a recent count of 1,443 positive cases.

In partnership with Rio Tinto, Oskar Blues Brewery, and the giving community of GlobalGiving, Can’d Aid has shipped and distributed 50,400 cans of clean drinking water to Tuba City. Families were able to pick up cases of water at the Western Navajo Nation Fairgrounds.

From the onset of COVID and upon learning of the tremendous need, Can'd Aid began providing canned drinking water to Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe. To date, Can’d Aid has sent over 230,000 cans of water to the region. We are currently assessing ways in which we can partner with other organizations, to identify and provide more permanent solutions to support the people of the Navajo Nation on a long-term basis.

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Can’d Aid spreads people powered do-goodery through Towns, Tunes, Treads & Trails, and Love Yur Mama efforts nationwide. Can’d Aid’s core programs develop healthy and whole humans capable and inspired to nurture a healthy and whole planet.

Through a signature program, Towns, Can’d Aid has a rich history of responding to communities in need post-disaster. From mucking + gutting homes ravaged by flooding to providing small emergency assistance grants to individuals and businesses in need, Can’d Aid has a proven track record of impactful grassroots efforts in the wake of disaster. However, one of the most significant impacts made to date has been and continues to be the disaster relief canned water program. Can’d Aid has distributed over two million cans of water throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in response to 30 natural and man-made disasters.

The people of the Navajo Nation, an extremely vulnerable population, have been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 global pandemic. With the pandemic’s negative ripple effects, necessities such as water, milk, and eggs are nearly impossible to secure in hard-hit communities throughout the region. According to Jessica Stago, Director of Native American Economic Initiatives at the Grand Canyon Trust, several communities have been asking for water. With many community members lacking access to clean running water and temperatures soaring well above 100 degrees, the need for water is increasing. Jessica explained that “the need for clean water is probably greater than the numbers show. If you have one person asking for water per community, there’s probably 20 families who need water”.

From the onset of COVID-19, Can'd Aid has been providing canned drinking water to the people of the Navajo Nation, where infection rates are far above national averages. Since March, Can’d Aid has established several strong relationships with local groups and organizations such as Grand Canyon Trust, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the community of Window Rock. Through key relationships, we have heard repeatedly that water continues to be a significant and increasing issue for the community.

In response to the needs, Can’d Aid has made a commitment to advance the water program to new levels by securing new water partners, purchasing new equipment, and making several capital improvements to the program.

Since March, Can’d Aid has shipped and distributed over 228,000 to the communities within Navajo Nation. With new partners and new equipment, Can’d Aid is able to continue and enhance providing water throughout 2020 and for the foreseeable future. 

We continue to be grateful for the support of GlobalGiving community.


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Location: Longmont, CO - USA
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Sara Hannafin
Longmont, CO United States
$6,261 raised of $25,000 goal
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