By Carol Hiltner - President, Altai Mir University
Svetlana at the free children's camp she created
You and almost 400 other donors have made a significant difference for the Altai people. They are doing everything they can to preserve their sacred culture and steward the pristine Altai lands. You helped avert a crisis - the wholesale loss of traditional land. Now, local land cooperatives have been formed and the risk of land loss is greatly reduced. However, many traditional livelihoods were lost during the Communist period, so young people are unable to sustain themselves in the traditional ways. Our Altai partner Svetlana Katynova has been working for many years to set up a center where those skills can be revived and taught to both ethnic Altai and ethnic Russian youths. Therefore, Svetlana has shifted her focus toward ways to sustain the Altai culture, which is still slipping away. We are closing the GlobalGiving land project to focus on a broader one for which we request your continued to support: "Revive Altai cultural/environmental sustainability" http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/revive-altai-cultural-and-environmental-sustainability/
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Project Leader: Carol Hiltner
Thanks to 374 donors like you, a total of $35,795 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving.
Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.