Help us defeat our nemesis!
MUD! or in Navajo, Hastl'ish!
Each year, with the arrival of summer monsoons or in winter time when the snow flies, our old nemesis Hashtl’ish returns to establish its claim on our roads and sidewalks.
It may sound like a small inconvenience, especially if you only deal with mud when camping or adventuring. But here on the remote reservation, mud can make simple daily activities complex and labor intensive. Each year, we try to keep it at bay by putting down gravel over as much area as we can. We concentrate on those places care-takers will need to transport a wheel chair bound child from building to building.
But, alas! The clay earth swallows up our efforts each year. Even the sidewalks, so generously built by the military all those years ago, get covered in a slick layer of the stuff, making life difficult for those needing to transport children around campus. Keeping the classrooms and group homes clean becomes a full-time job. Most of the time, we remove our shoes to come inside, but somehow, Hashtl’ish follows. The wheel chairs that many students are confined to, however, can’t just be left outside, so we wipe, and sweep, and mop constantly to keep the dirt at bay. The wheel chairs themselves require regular cleaning to keep functioning properly. Our buses require almost daily power washing to keep them operating properly.
This year however, through the help of our friends at Southwest Indian Foundation, we will be getting some help to fight the battle. A team of Navy Seabees will be arriving on campus (under strict health protocols) with a loader, grader, roller, and water truck to regrade our roads and put down gravel. Because we are responsible for material costs, how much gravel they put down depends on how much we raise.
Please help us upgrade our roads. This is a project that will immediatley improve the quality of life for our children, staff, families, and volunteers.