In a 2000 census, 43% of the Navajo people were living below the federally designated poverty line and in homes that are falling a part. If you drive through the reservation, you will see traditional homes, called hogans, dotting the landscape and seemingly idyllic.
However, when you visit these homes, you will see that most are without running water, toilets, or electricty. On the Navajo reservation, nearly half of all homes are without basic kitchen facilities and utilities.
Imagine that you are a teenager trying to study for a quiz, but, you only have a kerosene lamp to study by. Poor lighting is just one of many obstacles parents are faced with to give their chidlren opportutnies assoicated with access to basic human needs.
This project has chosen Big Mountain home owner Louise Benally as recipient of an environmentally redesigned, traditonally-inspired hogan home and to promote land restoration and sustainable agriculture.
The Benally family as been host for over 30 years to Navajo traditional and cultural events held on their land which makes Louise an ideal choice to be a recipient of the project's goal of providing sustainable green housing and land restoration to grassroots Navajo leaders, to honor them for their service to the Navajo people.
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Big Mountain Sustainable Housing Land Recovery Project is supported by the Lakota Way Healing Center and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing of Native Americans and their communities. Your generous gift is tax-deductable and will only be used to support the Big Mountain Sustainable Housing Land Reco very Project.