Navajo Nation Clinical Week 2018
Access to (affordable/free)quality healthcare and safe, clean water should be basic human rights afforded to everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, orientation, beliefs, or economics. Unfortunately, there are many communities across the U.S. for which quality healthcare and safe water are neither guaranteed or accessible. We are an organization working to help change that.
There is a wide disparity between the health of the American Indigenous and other races in the US. These disparities exist due to varied issues including (but not limited to) social inequality, discrimination, and economic adversity. American Indigenous are at a greater risk for cancer, diabetes, suicide, and even drug and alcohol addiction than their non-indigenous counterparts. Inadequate funding of IHS and limited access to appropriate healthcare facilities are also huge contributing factors to this disparity. In addition, it is not uncommon for reservations (as well as other areas experiencing economic adversity) to also struggle with contaminated/polluted water, contributing to the health issues, in particular issues with cancer and birth defects. As a result of heavy uranium mining from the 1940s through 1980s, numerous areas across Navajo Nation have been impacted by uranium contamination. There are a significant amount of water wells on Navajo Nation that have been shut down due to excessive levels of uranium. Many areas in Navajo Nation lack access to clean, safe, unpolluted water. Sadly, this often results in water from the contaminated sources being utilized for everything from watering the crops and the livestock to providing water for rural reservation schools.
Herbal Medics has been responding to communities in need since 2012. We have been to Nicaragua, Mexico, and across the rural U.S. helping communities come up with solutions for clean, safe water while also providing access to free healthcare in the form of botanical integrative healthcare clinical weeks. We do this in partnership with The Human Path, providing clinical, permaculture, and off-grid engineering students real-world relevant experience and training while serving communities in dire need. This will be our second trip to Navajo Nation. This year we will be serving 5 different areas in Navajo Nation with a total of 8 free botanical healthcare clinics. We will also be working beside the Sheep Springs Community to add a water catchment/filtration system, partial sunshade, and a water irrigation system to their community garden area, as well as build a special Youth Healing Garden (this community is deeply affected by youth suicide, as are other American Indigenous communities). In addition, we will be working to create water filtration systems capable of filtering out uranium (this is a pilot project with the ChurchRock community) while being sustainable enough (both through cost and ease of assembly) for communities across Navajo Nation to duplicate at their chapter houses and homes. Our relationship with Navajo Nation will be ongoing and we hope to bring this effective and inexpensive solution for safe, clean water (as well as free healthcare clinical weeks) to as many communities as possible throughout Navajo Nation in these next several years.
Estimated Cost of Clinical Week
Estimated Cost of this Clinical Week is $15,000.
Listed below are our category of expenses
- Apothecary (bottles, herbs, alcohol, glycerine, etc.)
- First aid supplies (bandages, wraps, wound washes, etc.)
- Paperwork (client paperwork, flyers, etc)
- materials for Water filtration/catchment system(s), sunshade, water irrigation system, youth garden
- water testing (for levels of uranium, number of tests depends on number of wells being tested)
- Large wall tents
- Cook stove
- Dish washing station
- Other kitchen supplies
Sanitation & Hygiene
- Compost toilets
- Outdoor Shower
- Hand washing station
- staff traveling expenses
- Engineer lead stipend
Although we are able to partially fund these clinical/OGE weeks through program fees with our partner, The Human Path, the costs associated with projects such as these do require seeking out additional funds. (The money raised through this fundraiser will fund a portion of the expenses.) The success of this clinical week (as with past and future clinical weeks) is partially dependent on the support of the community at large. We deeply appreciate any contribution you are able to afford.
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Links on the healthcare crisis on reservations, uranium contamination in Navajo Nation, and information on The Human Path and Herbal Medics organizations are listed below.
On the healthcare crisis on reservations
On the uranium contamination in Navajo Nation
On The Human Path/Herbal Medics Organizations
Just 6 short weeks until our 2018 Navajo Nation Clinical Week! So many preparations underway! <3 We are still raising funds for projects we have planned, in particular for our permaculture projects. Every cent counts so thank you for sharing this campaign and for your donations!
We're just 2 months away from our Navajo Nation trip and in the midst of A LOT of preparations! Harvesting medicine, making medicine, clinic planning, garden planning. To those that have donated and shared this campaign thank you so much! Your contributions are deeply appreciated! <3 <3 <3