Grace Fund Christmas Project
Grace is a Dineh (Navajo) elder, who has lost
her land due to the Hopi/Navajo partition. After having spend many years in California she returned to find out her land was
gone, her animals were gone, her clans were dispersed and devastated.
Grace was chosen by he elders
to be the eyes, ears and voice of her people to the United Nations and to the dominant community at large. She would have
liked to continue her way of life but the elders and medicine people told her, that one cannot turn down being chosen to assist
the people. After years of going to the United Nations and Geneva Human Rights Forum to speak for her people the elders again
asked her to help them.
Because of losing their land, and fighting to regain their land,
Grace’s community lost many of their traditions and they had nothing. They did not even have toothpaste, shoes, coats,
decent food. Diabetes and illness skyrocketed.. Landless, losing their territories, community roots, animals, the relocated
Navajo were made refugees in their own land. The elders began to lose hope, the children had no possibilities for the future.
Children who had no decent shoes, winter clothing. This winter Grace was just helping some young children who came to school
without shoes or a belt to keep their pants up.
The Navajo Nation does not have funds to help
these people and the social services have been cut way back to finance other US ventures
Grace Fund Christmas project is an attempt to find decent clothing so children can go to school or seek
work, have food for elders so they don't have to chose between heat and food, and most importantly empower the people
so they might have a sense of dignity to both go out into the wider world and succeed in creating better lives for
their families and communities, and to feel proud to return to the traditional crafts like weaving.
cannot do this alone. She is asking for those who have much in the land of Turtle Island to give something
to help a proud people come back and have the basic resources to feed, clothe and educate their children, find meaningful
work, and begin the process of restoring community.
Grace has been doing this project since 1991.
Mostly on her own ,selling jewelry and weaving, with small grants from some committed individuals Grace has carries this out,
despite challenges to her health and financial well being
Last Christmas the Grace fund
assisted 381 children, many of whom are being raised by single parents or grandparents.
Last year 11 children who have been helped since they were infants have graduated from high school and have gone off
to get decent jobs, and help their families in return. Grace says they are wonderful happy young people.
Now in a time of need, we turn
to you for your help and support. We come upon the time of Thanksgiving. The first nations helped the original colonists survive
the harsh winter, will you return the favor?
Will you send a donation to the children of the
Dineh? Will you help spread the word and tell your friends so they may have a chance to help and make a great difference?
Tax deductible donations can
be made out to The Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources, 17 Jonet Lane, Bearsville, NY 12409. Please mark Grace Fund
on the check. 100 % of the money is turned over to this project and is really used carefully and well.
if you are unable to make a donation at this time, please send a prayer and send this letter along to others who might be
able to help.
Thank you on behalf of all our relations.
Rev James Davis
Rev Ilfra Halley
the Mid Hudson United Religions Intitiative CC