That so many people living in the 21st Century, in the richest country in the world, should be living in abject poverty, is a blot on American society. The Red Feather project is extremely important. It is culturally and environmentally sensitive; it has incredibly low overhead; it is truly making a difference. ~ Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace
Okay… having shared what Ms. Goodall said… I am posting some info about The Red Feather Development Group... a charitable organization I donate to through United Way every year.
Please take the time to read and learn about this organization… Maybe you will be inspired to help give or build an environmentally friendly straw bale home with running water, electricity, and sanitation to a Native American family who does not have that which we take for granted on a daily basis.
Red Feather’s Philosophy
Red Feather believes that tribal members know and understand what is best for their communities. Because they are the experts, we involve them in every aspect of our work, and we assist them in carrying out housing objectives that they deem important, rather than impose what we think is best for their community.
Building partnerships with reservation communities is the core of our programs. Our volunteers work side-by-side tribal members in the construction of each home, gaining an invaluable amount of trust and understanding of each other’s cultures. Our dedication to partnerships is far more valuable than any one person’s individual skills.
Red Feather’s top priority is community involvement. As explained in our mission statement, we believe that this is a key component in the goal to achieve substantial and lasting change on American Indian reservations. To this affect, a large portion of our commitment is spent towards empowerment.
Red Feather volunteer opportunities combine service with real world learning. Volunteers routinely leave a project with a new appreciation for the host nation and its people. Many volunteers say that working with and getting to know the reservation community was a life changing experience.
Here is the link: www.redfeather.org
Canteyuke… Generosity: to give, to share, to have a heart (Lakota)
Ho ya na… is to be noble; to be noble is to give. (Oneida)