We've been looking forward to the spring and summer and all the great outdoor activities that come with it. This year instead of taking the usuall camping/hiking or beach vacation I wanted to do somthing more meaningful than getting a nice sunburn.
Our goal is to make it all the way to Fort Thompson, South Dakota. Why there? South Dakota is the home of the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in one of the highest poverty level counties in the United states. We would be working with Dacotah tipis Habitat for Humanity, building much needed housing for the many people who have inadequate, overcrowded homes.
This community with an 80% unemployment rate, has an average YEARLY income per household (typically of 8 or more) of 5,000 US dollars! Lung and breathing conditions in young children and elderly are extremly common place, as is needing nebulizer treatments which require power. This is often a problem in itself especially in the winter months where temperatures easily reach -20 degrees with the constant wind chill of the region, many people are forced to go without power. These are a few of the many hardships the sioux community of Fort Thompson are faced with, and this is in the heart of the United States.
This is an opertunity to give back to our country and a community in dire need. Unfortunatly to get all the way there it is a bit more expensive than a trip to the beach. Construction there is completely dependent on volunteers and all materials on donations. All volunteers are responsible for costs of meals, travel, and housing, and as our hopes are high in raising enough money we hope to be able to supply crucialy needed medical aid and and support, which is why we are seeking help. Anything would help us get closer to our goal and it would mean so much to have the ability to help those most in need in our own country!
For more info on this project please visit http://www.dacotahtipis.org/why-we-need-you
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