PWNA is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Northern Plains and Southwest tribal partners for COVID-19 emergency relief for Pine Ridge, Standing Rock, Rosebud, Northern Cheyenne, Navajo, and other tribes in need.
Even before the coronavirus, many tribes were facing food shortages, contaminated water, high disease rates and limited healthcare – especially on the reservations.
And now, COVID-19 has only magnified these challenges and made things worse. Native Americans on the reservations have the highest risk with COVID-19.
· 18% of houses are overcrowded, making social distancing less feasible
· 47% of Elders are raising their grandchildren, increasing Elders’ risk of exposure
· 30% of Native Americans lack access to clean water for drinking or handwashing
· 23% have diabetes and 17% have asthma or other respiratory illnesses
· 48% have obesity, tied to lack of access to healthy food
· 23% of Native American households live with food insecurity
· 63% up to 85% live in poverty due to lack of jobs (this varies by reservation)
These risk factors only exacerbate the risk for Elders and everyone in reservation communities.
PWNA is making daily deliveries of food, water, sanitizer, toilet paper and other basics to tribal communities across the Southwest and Northern Plains – and our drivers and volunteers are using health safety measures including masks, gloves, sanitizer and social distancing.
Even though many tribes have travel restrictions, PWNA is still allowed to deliver as part of a vital supply chain. In our service area alone, we have up to 45,000 Elders, including about 800 who live in shelters.
The funds from this campaign will be used to restock our warehouses and continue delivering food, water, sanitizer, toilet paper, and other basic supplies to our reservation program partners for distribution to those most vulnerable and most in need.
Will you be a lifeline to Native communities at this critical time?
Learn more at www.NativePartnership.org. Partnership With Native Americans is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote, isolated and impoverished reservations. Collaborating for nearly 30 years with our reservation partners, we provide consistent aid and services for Native Americans with the highest need in the U.S.