Organized by: Jennifer Lee
EVENT DATE Jun 17, 2016
Two of my daughters will be joining their youth group on a mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in June 2016. They are having to raise the majority of the funds for this trip by themselves. Being that they are 14 and 15 years old, this task seems overwhelming at times, but God is good and will provide. They would like to ask you for 2 things. First, they ask that you all remember them in your prayers as they prepare and do extensive training on mission work in this area. Second, they ask that if you can, please make a dontation to help fund this trip. No amount is too small. If you are interested, please let us know. We can send you a letter with extensive details. All gifts are tax deductible. We can provide you with a form to file with your taxes. Donations can be made directly to our church.
About the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Why help Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota?
From 1980 to 2000, the counties that make up Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota comprised the poorest of our nation's 3,143 counties. The 2000 census found them the third poorest, not because things got better on Pine Ridge, but because things got worse on two other South Dakota Indian Reservations. The poverty on Pine Ridge can be described in no other terms than third world. It is common to find homes overcrowded, as those with homes take in whoever needs a roof over their heads. Many homes are without running water, and without sewer.
Life on the Reservation:
The Pine Ridge Reservation has been designated as one of the poorest areas in the United States. The Reservation has few natural resources and no industry. Many residents travel more than 120 miles to Rapid City for seasonal employment. Tribal and federal governments provide the few jobs that are available on the Reservation: only one Oglala in five has a job. Medical care on the Reservation is inadequate, and many tribal members forego medical attention because of the long distance to medical facilities. In addition, housing on the Reservation also does not meet the tribal members’ needs. A severe housing shortage forces hundreds into homelessness while thousands of others live in overcrowded, substandard accommodations. Sixty-nine percent of Pine Ridge residents live below the poverty line, and residents must make do on $2,600 per year, less than one-fifth of the national average income.
Pine Ridge Statistics as of 2007
Unemployment rate of 80-90%
8 Times the United States rate of diabetes
5 Times the United States rate of cervical cancer
Twice the rate of heart disease
8 Times the United States rate of Tuberculosis
Alcoholism rate estimated as high as 80%
1 in 4 infants born with fetal alcohol syndrome or effects
Suicide rate more than twice the national rate
Teen suicide rate 4 times the national rate
Infant mortality is three times the national rate
Life expectancy on Pine Ridge is the lowest in the United States and the 2nd lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Only Haiti has a lower rate