Hunger Association aids Indian Reservation project

For the first time in its history, Greenwich World Hunger Association (GWHA) has donated funds to a domestic project.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is home of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation, and is situated on some of the poorest counties in the US. With an unemployment rate thought to be as high as 80% and an increasing Type II diabetes rate, hunger and malnutrition are on the rise and help is needed there.

The largest single food source is government commodities that are high in sodium and sugar. Running Strong for American Indian Youth supports a sustainable organic family and community garden project on the reservation to combat this problem. The project’s goals are to expand an existing farmer’s market, to build additional stalls for vendors to market their harvest and to create a year-round indoor market.

A weekly gardening call-in show with tips, discussions, and question and answer sessions on the tribal radio station KILI — the single most important source of information on the reservation — will educate the community about all aspects of gardening, harvesting and selling. For additional details see indianyouth.org/tour.html.

To contribute to GWHA visit greenwichworldhunger.org/donation.

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