Monday, November 28, 2005

Indian Communities STILL Left Behind

NOVEMBER 28th URGENT CALL FOR DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS
Hurricane Relief Needed in Native American Communities of Southern Louisiana


November 28, 2005 - The Native American tribes of the Biloxi Chitimacha, Houma, and Pointe-au-Chien of the southern Louisiana bayous continue to face a monumental struggle in channeling relief efforts to their tribal members devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

For many communities, grassroots donations and volunteers are the only consistent assistance, and government aid is still not meeting the people's housing and rebuilding needs which will run into the millions of dollars.

Immediate assistance is needed in the form of skilled and unskilled volunteers, trades-people, contractors, builders, roofers, framers, landscapers, organizers, health and community-care workers, computer/communications techs, and others who can work in solidarity, mutual aid with these communities.

Mobile kitchen resources are needed to help feed large work camps - particularly during the upcoming holiday seasons and spring break 2006.

The following donations are requested:
  • Gift cards from Lowes or Home Depot to buy building materials and tools.
  • Mattresses, sheets, towels, pillows and blankets.
  • Appliances, space heaters, shelves, dressers and other basic home items.
  • Cribs, diapers, wipes, clothes and other baby items.
  • Clothes suitable for work and school.
  • Healthy, easily prepared food is still needed in moderate quantities.
  • Monetary donations are always appreciated and assist with the day-to-day needs of volunteers and community members.

    With great respect for the pride and good humor displayed by the bayou communities, assistance is still needed in this area. Decades of government neglect continue to leave these strong people vulnerable to natural disasters, and some community members are living in damaged and moldy buildings unrepaired from hurricanes years ago. Elder care and cultural preservation are deep concerns. Please act in solidarity with these Native American communities as they work to rebuild their homes and way of life. Make whatever donations you can. Come to Louisiana and make a difference.

    For more information visit Four Directions Relief Project online at http://www.intuitivepath.org/relief.html. You can also email Fourdirections (at) riseup.net.
  • 2 Comments:

    Blogger Rocky said...

    Hi Namoi, I'm Rocky Bishop from Saskatoon, Sask. Canada, and I have been to Houma, New Orleans on four seperate occasions. I applaude you for lending a hand to those folks, as I have tried from this end of the world, with little success. I had started my own ministry to try and attract people to go to Houma, etc. to lend a hand, but gave it up, as I truly was tired of the oppostion I faced, not from local people, but from the gobal media. They SUCK. Anyway, if there is anything that I can do from here, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    God Bless
    Rocky Bishop

    9:14 PM  
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