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Hopi Elder Roof Blown Off In Storm

$2,300 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 4 months
Created July 26, 2018
For Belva Ann Starkey, Sipaulovi Village is home. She grew up there as a child, and after moving away to California and North Carolina, culture and tradition called her back to her roots. Her family’s home didn’t have indoor plumbing until the 1980s, but that didn’t stop her father, who worked for many years as the Foreman for the Arizona State Highway in Keams Canyon, from installing an indoor plumbing system in their home. This was the first of its kind in Sipaulovi. Her father also installed other additions, including a shower and a few extra rooms.

In Starkey’s native Hopi culture, homes serve as both the center of the family unit and an important piece of familial inheritance. Due to Hopi’s matrilineal system, Starkey is charged with the maintenance and inheritance of the home as the family’s oldest daughter.

Recent storms and a faulty installation have caused the roof of the house to fall into disrepair, and other areas of the house (such as the kitchen window) also need fixing. In response, Belva must fulfill her duty in maintaining her family home, and she has turned to Red Feather Development Group to help assemble the necessary resources and ensure the project's quality of workmanship.  

Red Feather is a non-profit which partners with homeowners, community members, and tribal partners to repair and weatherize homes, demonstrate how housing conditions impact health, and assemble professionals, volunteers and materials within the community and outside to address the most urgently needed housing needs.

Belva, her father, and the Starkey family have worked hard to make sure their family home remains the center of family tradition, culture and pride that it has been for generations. By donating to this project, you are supporting the work of Red Feather and empowering Belva Ann Starkey and her family to continue making their family house a home.


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*Story and photos were developed by a team of dedicated volunteers from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina who spent two month of their summer living on the Hopi Reservation helping multiple groups and families in various capacities.  Our sincere thanks to Craig Yount, Hunter Dixon, Emma Wetenhall, and Hannah Metwally  for their assistance on this project.
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Thanks again to everyone who made a donation and helped share Belva's campaign. Even, though we didn't hit our target goal, we've decided to move forward with Belva's project. Her contractor, Harry Nutumya and crew, has already made great progress on the needed repairs. We will keep you updated with more pictures in the coming weeks.
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Wow, we've had a great response since yesterday's update. No amount is too small. Every dollar get's us a little closer to our goal! We just meet with Belva and her contractor today at Hopi to discuss the project. Everyone is excited and looking forward to getting started.
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Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the long delay. I was hoping that we could raise enough outside funds to complete the project without soliciting additional funding here. However, as is often the case, additional repairs are needed that we initially were not aware of. Specifically, repairing part of a wall that is damaged and updating the electrical riser so it is up to code and safer (currently it is connected to the home with ropes-see attached pics).

If you haven't given yet, we hope you can consider a donation of any amount, and if you have already done so if you could please share this campaign with your personal network.

Thanks so much for your help. Please give us a call if you have any questions or ideas.

Joe 928-440-5119
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We're slowly picking up steam. We just received $1000.00 matching donation from Hopi Social Services. No amount is too small. We encourage everyone to consider making a donation and help us put a new roof on Belva's house before then end of fall. A big thank you to everyone who has helped so far.
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$2,300 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 4 months
Created July 26, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Red Feather Development Group
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