Helping the youth of Attawapiskat
My name is Melanie Phelps I am a Registered Nurse and have lived on the Reserve of Attawapiskat for the past 35 years. This is my home !
Recently there have been many (100 +) attempts by community members especially the youth and children and 2 successful suicides since October 2015. The youth feel hopeless there is no recreational activities for them, boredom is rampant, tv video games and Facebook is the most pleasures they get, education is lacking, jobs are few and far between and drugs and alcohol abuse affect everyone in some way and bullying is a major problem. Councelling is hard to get and the youth feel hopeless. Over crowding is a major issue and there is no privacy
The youth don't ask for much but they talk of wanting a recreational building, a gym, gym equipment , hunting ,fishing, camping equipment games, movie equipment, movies outdoor sports equipment etc
As a fly in only community travel is very expensive out of town activities are not really options.
I only wish that the youth can have a happy productive life as is a wish for all human beings.
I AM ASKING FOR DONATIONS TO GIVE THE MONEY TO THE YOUTH TO BUY THE THINGS THEY NEED FOR A BETTER WAY OF LIFE
I stand by them 100%
Hi Melanie, like so many others I really want to help. I've made a donation but I want to do more. My passion is Films - classic and contemporary, and I'm happy to contribute a large part of my DVD and Blue Ray collection if any of the Attawapiskat kids want to start their own film club. I'd be happy to also supply background information about each film chosen for discussion in the club. Skype calls can also be set up for more in-depth discussions if any of the kids are really interested in movies and want to go deeper.
Melanie is a good hearted person and has always helped out to the best that she can.. She has lived within our community for 35 years and It's unfortunately that someone can make it sound negative in the positive thing she is doing... Regardless what anyone thinks, Melanie has her back covered by the community of Attawapiskat, a lot of people luv her... luv ya my friend ♥
Thank you for all you do Melanie!
I have given my god-daughter two boxes full of different supplies (such as toothbrush, colouring pencils ect....) she going to Ottawa in couple weeks and she is going to mail it....
Hi Mel, I was trying to find this out - what is the age group for the youth?
I shared the post. Melanie has been looking after the elders, now it's the youth! Applaud, she gives her time
Please make sure this go fund me idea is endorsed by the natives and Attawapiskat. Because I know they have been publicly announcing they don't endorse go fund me. Contact them directly to find out how to best help them, contact your mp and prime minster about the issue too. Not to put a damp on the project I just want to know for sure this is endorsed and with some form of support on this stating it is supported by attawapiskat
Melanie, our dear friend who has a heart of Gold...Goes out of her way to always lend a helping hand... Proud to have her as a dear friend ♥