BENEFITING: Lakota Children's Enrichment
Charles, age 6, has lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Charles lives with his family in a condemned trailer on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Like all children with cancer, Charles faces an uncertain future.
Charles lives in one of the poorest counties in our nation. Although the community reports an unemployment rate of appx 80%, both his mother and father had jobs until Charles got sick. Due to Charles' medical condition, however, his mother had to quit her job.
Housing and health care are managed on Pine Ridge Reservation by severely underfunded federal programs, which have placed an extraordinary burden on Charles and his family.
Charles Is Living In Condemned Housing, With Mold
Charles and his 3 siblings, his parents and his 4 cousins -- a total of 8 people-- live in a two room trailer that was condemned months ago. There is a big crack in the celing and rain flows into the premises. They had to rip out the carpeting, as it was filled with mold.
Their application to FEMA for a replacement trailer recently was denied. When they appealed the denial, the family learned that while the appeal was pending all of the remaining trailers were distributed. They have been told that the earliest they will be eligible for a new trailer is 2017.
The living conditions (seen in the above slides) necessarily will make a recovery much harder for Charles, and further, jeopardizes the health of the entire family.
They Must Travel Hours for Medical Care
The Indian Health Services will not permit Charles to receive treatment for cancer in the surrounding region. He must travel to Sioux Falls, SD -- about 5-6 hours away from his residence-- to get routine and emergency treatments.
There's NO Financing Available for Housing
Because they live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, builders will not extend a loan or make a mortgage -- there are too many ambiguities to insure title to the premises.
The cost of a new residential unit large enough to house the family ranges from $90,000 for a used unit to $110,000 for a new unit.
- $90,000 the approximate cost of a used 3 bedroom trailer. The price includes the transportation of a modular unit to Pine Ridge, installation of appliances, appliances, water hook up, insulation and gas hook up.
- $ 5,000 for Installation of electrical service, cable service, beds, mattresses, furniture, blankets, bedding, towels and other items.
Privately, Lakota Children's Enrichment already has raised $10,000 for Charles and his family.
This leaves a balance of approximately $85,000
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Donate on this Crowdrise page, spread the word, and share what you can with Charles and his family.
- You may snail mail a check to LCE, PO Box 581, Scarsdale, NY 10583, write in the memo "GO CHARLES!" There are no processing fees are associated with a direct payment. 100% of your donation will go to Charles and his family.
Charles is a wonderful and bright young man. Despite his illness, he remains energetic, optimistic and his comical attitude continues to brighten the world around him.
Thank you for helping Charles kick cancer for good!
If we don't raise enough money to purchase a new or used residential unit, then all funds raised through this effort (minus the bank, Crowdrise and/or PayPal processing fees) will be provided to Charles and his family, to help improve their living conditions and to defray medical costs.
Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Lakota Children's Enrichment, a 501(c)(3) for purpose nonprofit, EIN # 26-4258236