Janos Gyorke via Crowdrise
December 15, 2010
BENEFITING: WAKANYEJA TIOSPAYE OTIPI CHILDRENS VILLAGE INC
Many of us went to government funded public schools and few of us were blessed to go to private schools. The thought of never having a scissors to cut a snow flake in kindergarten from a piece of paper does not cross our minds. Some of us have book cases full of unread books collecting dust, yet there are children who never owned a book of their own.
Some kids do not have jackets, blankets, heaters or gloves to keep them warm.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in the U.S. state of South Dakota.
This is a project that I strongly believe in, Native Americans have given so much to this country and millions have died because of it. Yet, these human beings like us, laugh, love and smile do not have the resources that many of us all take for granted, but this can change.
Please donate whatever you can, whether it is a dollar, two or more. All of the donations will be provided to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to buy necessities that these families need to take care of their children and to give them the best education that they can.
Things you should know:
Although Pine Ridge is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, it is also the poorest. Unemployment on the reservation hovers between 80% and 85%, and 49% live below the federal poverty level. Adolescent suicide is four times the national average.
Many of the families have no electricity, telephone, running water, or sewerage system. Many families use wood stoves to heat their homes. The population on Pine Ridge has among the shortest life expectancies of any group in the Western Hemisphere: approximately 47 years for males and 52 years for females.
The infant mortality rate is five times the United States national average. Reservation population was estimated at 15,000 in the 2000 census, however the number was raised to 28,787 by HUD, following a Colorado State University door-to-door study.