We are making plans to distribute 400 personal solar lights to families on the Hopi Reservation who have minimal to no electricity (and yes, there are many!) These lights were generously donated by Solight-Design and the accounting firm, Dixon Hughes Goodman (Thank you!). This effort is coordinated by RestoringTouch with leaders of the Hopi tribe. Our target date is the week of February 6-9.
THANK YOU for all your help in making this trip a (snowy :-) success! Our team of 13 men were able to distribute many warm blankets to Zuni, Navajo and Hopi families! We also gave food certificates from the Halona store in the Zuni Pueblo and the Kykotsmovi store in Hopi. The certificates and financial help totaled over $1,600. We definitely warmed the hearts of many!
Comment from a Zuni tribe staff member: "The families expressed their sincere appreciation. One woman wanted you to know the blanket will keep her warm during her cancer treatment."
During our trip to the Hopi Reservation, July 4 – 8, 2016 we took part in three Hopi Book Mobile events. Our events included balloon animals and face painting, games, a dramatic story time and magic show. The book mobile or mobile library, a large 5th wheel and truck, is headed by Dinah Pongyesva and funded by the Hopi Tribe Library Department.
Our first event was in Moenkopi, a Hopi village located near the Navajo town of Tuba City about 45 miles northwest of the Hopi Reservation.
On the second day we visited families in the hospital and at home in several Hopi villages. Along the way we assisted many Hopis with $50 food certificates as well as funds to purchase propane used for cooking. We also made a $500 contribution towards the Book Mobile.
On our third day we again took part in a Book Mobile event in Polacca, the town below the First Mesa villages of Hano, Sichomovi and Walpi, with about 100 children and youth. Then after an incredible lunch cooked by Dinah, the team visited the ancient village of Walpi where we were greeted by our old friend Bertha Kinale. Our second event that evening was in the Hopi Wellness Center with a small group of children while their parents were in an exercise class.
We were able to disperse over $1,000 in food certificates and general assistance, as well as the $500 donation for the Mobile Library, made possible by contributions from all our friends.
Also, a great big "Thank You!" to our team who gave of themselves and their resources to make this all possible!
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RestoringTouch distributed many solar lanterns and Secur solar/crank flashlights during our visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region of China (TAR) in April, 2016.
Consistent electricity is a luxury in rural areas. They were given to families along the way, to the people living near the Karo La glacier, farm workers in Gyantse and more. It was a great joy to see so many people receive these necessary items with incredible excitement!
We were blessed to have helped many of the 2,000 people attending the Tibetan Buddhist Prayer gathering in the Moeru Temple in Lhasa with food, financial help and solar lights.
All this was possible only through the gifts of many generous people. Thank you!
Our trip to the Zuni and Hopi Reservations was outstanding! We joined the Zuni tribe with an event that included balloon animals, face painting, giant bouncers, slide and bungee run for the kids and bingo for the adults. Also represented were the Zuni Fire Department and a food booth for Zuni Youth raising funds for a trip to Washington DC. We also helped sponsor their trip.
While in Hopi we reconnected with friends and did an impromptu event in the village of Shungopavi on Second Mesa.
We distributed almost $1,000 of food certificates for the elderly (Adopt an Elder) and families as well as hand made quilts and toys for the kids.
Thanks everyone for being a part of the team!
A team of 30 will be going to the Zuni and Hopi Reservations in New Mexico and Arizona on Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3. We are joining the Zuni with a special event by providing giant inflatable jumpers, obstacle course, slide, bungee run, along with games, balloon animals, face painting and crafts. Plus, there'll be bingo for the adults! We will also be speaking to some of the youth about the dangers and alternatives to drug use.
The team will then be on Hopi as we visit and provide for our elderly friends. Your generous donations are making this possible! Thank you!
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