Projects and links

17 06 2011

Question: what’s the link between Finnish teachers, Geronimo, the NHS, building a youth centre, Osama Bin Laden, horse riding, surfing polar bears and healthy eating?

Answer: I’ve been reading about them this week.

Let’s Move

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.

Building Projects

naturalhomes.org are taking donations for wooden pallets. The pallets for an Earth Tipi project to build 6,000 sustainable homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Each home needs 200 pallets and costs $10,000. Each Facebook sponsor will have their name placed on their pallet and a photo of the pallet on the Earth Tipi website. All the photos will form a gallery of Facebook sponsors with links to the sponsors Facebook page or profile.

Another interesting building method is the bottle brick. ‘Bricks’ are made by stuffing plastic bottles with rubbish. They are then enclosed in a wire frame and covered with cob.

Village Earth are taking donations to employ youths to build their own youth centre on Pine Ridge. From the Village Earth website:

Help the Wounded Knee Community Development Corporation (WKCDC) employ youth to renovate [an] old one-room schoolhouse into their own youth center! They need to raise $5000 by June 30th to purchase the remaining supplies for the project.

The Wounded Knee CDC has been approved to administer funding from the Federal Job Training Partnership Act, enough to pay approximately 40 youth (ages 14-22) from the district to transform an old one-room school-house into the Wounded Knee Youth Programs Facility. However, the funding does not cover the entire amount needed for materials and supplies.

Even if you can’t donate, please share the links.

Lakota Horsemanship Organisation

The Lakota Horsemanship Organisation is a non-profit organisation which runs workshops and takes children and young people on visits, camps and memorial rides. In an environment with 80% – 90% unemployment, with a huge school drop-out rate, where alcoholism and drug addiction are rife, where dwellings house several families and often don’t have heating, electricity or even running water, it is hardly surprising that the teen suicide rate is 150% higher than the national average and projects like this are really important.

As well as monetary donations, they take donation of the following goods:

  • Horse tack and accessories of any type
  • Medicine, ointments and care products
  • Arts and crafts supplies for the kids and for workshops
  • Outdoor equipment, sleeping bags, tents etc
  • First aid sets
  • School material, pens, writing pads, painting books

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Summat and nowt

18 03 2011

I went to the dentist this afternoon for a couple of fillings. After a couple of attempts on one tooth, it became clear it wasn’t going to work and I’m now going to need that one crowning instead. I’m with an NHS dentist, fortunately, but this still means that the cost for the treatment has more than quadrupled and it’s going to be a bit of a stretch, particularly as I’ve no source of income after the end of next week. The brakes on my car also need fixing.

Anyway, on the brighter side, it was really sunny today and it’s apparently set to remain so for the next few days. We’ve a bit of horse and dog muck to collect up and, apart from that, the weekend’s free!

The dogs went into work today, as there was a “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” for Comic Relief. All the dogs got a walk, brush and wash. They both had a great time and are absolutely exhausted now. Shadow was apparently quite apprehensive at first and was barking and growling at people a bit, but she settled down, which is great 🙂





One Spirit

15 03 2011

If anyone’s thinking of donating to a charity, please consider One Spirit. They run various programs to support the Lakota living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Here are some stats about the reservation, taken from the One Spirit website.

One Spirit run sponsorship, food, wood, youth and Okini programs and are also looking for markets for Lakota arts and crafts.

Here are a couple of videos showing conditions on the reservation.








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