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  1. Hi Simone here - I wanat to tell you all thank you so much for helping to make things for the hats and slippers - just little crocheted snow flakes or anything reminds you of christmas then we can use and color yarn or fabric and it will still be a christmas hat
  2. I am an angel and my mom asked me to write what a Big Sister means to me - I dont have one right now - but I had one before - and she was so neat - she sent me emails each week - I like the computer so I could write her back - I learned about her and her grandkids - and she was like a grandma to me - I dont have any grandmas - she kept track of what projects we were doing in our angel group each week and would send me special things to work on. it might be yarn, or a pair of flip flops, or glue or appliques - just what ever I might need sometimes she send me things just for me - I love whales and dolphins and she sent me a pillow that had a whale on it - it is on my bed. And I made her a soap bag for mothers day and I also loomed her a hat - she was a readl buddy to me - so please know you are important to your angel - simone
  3. Hi I am one of the Angels - and I wanted to ask your corchet help - we are making premies hats - we have learned to sew and crochet but we are making hats from knit material and I wondered if anyone knew how to make snow flakes or poinsettas or chirstmas things out of crochet threads - the hats are to be holiday theme and if we make out of palin material maybe we could glue christmas type things on to decorate like a snowflake or something - if you would like to help us this way please write to ourspecialangels@yahoo.com - thank you
  4. I wanted to tell you about my elder - her name is Betty - she is in a wheel chair - because she has no legs - they had to be amputated due to diabetes - she is about the age of my mom - which is not really old - 50s - but is old for the reservation as most people only live to age 55 or so - isn't that sad - well Betty does not write us - but I do not get discouraged when I worry about her I call a neighbor and she checks on her for us. She is not able to really leave her house because the road is dirt and there is no sidewalk for her wheelchair, but she sent me a picture and she has a smile on her face. I don't really expect to hear from her - telephone lines and such are not good on the reservation - I send my things with a confirmation so that I know she receives them - and I do it because I want to help not because I need a thank you in return. I know that Mira still has many elders needing a friend if you can write a letter once a month and send a small gifty or puffy once a month and do it in faith and love you will find it a rewarding experience. Simone
  5. I think maybe the boys get forgotten so I am making Nascar blankets and I got the material donated - whoopee Simone
  6. I spoke with gang Leader Pamela Ann and asked her if I could be a mentor for one of the gang members - she said they had a member with the same name but from Brazila nd promounced different so we have begun to email each other. And I got to talk with her! I have found out that Pamela Ann does not tell us all - this dynamic lady opens her home for sometimes as many as 35 indivduals with special needs, power wheel chairs, abound, walkers, braces, and the list goes on. Simone says that Pamela feels like she is alwasy begging for the gang members, but can you imagine keeping 35 or more young peopel supplied with yarn and tools. I asked Simone how the donations were going and she said that people have been wonderful, but that most of their donations are little tiny balls of yarns, and that they dream of the day to have enough of one color of yarn to m ake a sweater or afghan or even a scarf, but she was very clear that she was not complaining. And that she was thinking me in every other word, I was only able to drag this out of her. Simone who is physicall pretty able said that she is sad as they have three or four memebrs who can not hold a hook, and that they still dream to have some type of knitting machine where you can just push the shuttle back and forth. Ok I just wanted to share because this has been fun . Simone ohmy gan members name is said (SEE) (MOAN) (EE) cool huh The other Simone
  7. Sam I think it is a good idea. I too am not good at the joining part, but I know making the square with a child in mind would sure motivate me I wonder if Pamela would be able to get a photo? Or Pamela if it is a problem in your role to ask I don't mind at all - worst that can happen is I am told no others let me know your thoughts. I wonder if somehow we should combine this forum and the sponsorship forum under a new name and ask everyone to post there, so we don't miss anyone? just wondering Simone
  8. > The Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Indian Reservation sits in Bennett, Jackson, and Shannon Counties and is located in the southwest corner of South Dakota, fifty miles east of the Wyoming border. > The 11,000-square mile (over 2 million acres) Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation is the second-largest Native American Reservation within the United States. It is roughly the size of the State of Connecticut. > According to the 1998 Bureau of Indian Affairs Census, the Pine Ridge Reservation is home to approximately 40,000 persons, 35% of which are under the age of 16. Approximately half the residents of the Reservation are registered tribal members of the Oglala Lakota Nation. > The population is steadily rising, despite the severe conditions on the Reservation, as more and more Oglala Lakota return home from far-away cities in order to live within their societal values, be with their families, and assist with the revitalization of their culture and their Nation. > Recent reports point out that the median income on the Pine Ridge Reservation is approximately $2,600 per year. > The unemployment rate vacillates from 85% to 95% on the Reservation. > There is no industry, technology, or commercial infrastructure on the Reservation to provide employment. > The nearest town of size (which provides some jobs for those few persons able to travel the distance) is Rapid City, South Dakota with approximately 57,000 residents. It is located approximately 120 miles from the Reservation. The nearest large city to Pine Ridge is Denver, Colorado located about 350 miles away. > Some figures state that the life expectancy on the Reservation is 48 years old for men and 52 for women. Other reports state that the average life expectancy on the Reservation is 45 years old. With either set of figures, that's the shortest life expectancy for a community anywhere in the Western Hemisphere outside Haiti, according to The Wall Street Journal. > Teenage suicide rate on the Pine Ridge Reservation is 150% higher than the U.S. national average for this age group. > The infant mortality rate is the highest on this continent and is about 300% higher than the U.S. national average. > More than half the Reservation's adults battle addiction and disease. Alcoholism, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and malnutrition are rampant. > The rate of diabetes on the Reservation is reported to be 800% higher than the U.S. national average. > Recent reports indicate that almost 50% of the adults on the Reservation over the age of 40 have diabetes. > As a result of the high rate of diabetes on the Reservation, diabetic-related blindness, amputations, and kidney failure are common. > The tuberculosis rate on the Pine Ridge Reservation is approximately 800% higher than the U.S. national average. > Cervical cancer is 500% higher than the U.S. national average. > Each winter, Reservation Elders are found dead from hypothermia (freezing). > It is reported that at least 60% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation are infested with Black Mold, Stachybotrys. This infestation causes an often-fatal condition with infants, children, elderly, those with damaged immune systems, and those with lung and pulmonary conditions at the highest risk. Exposure to this mold can cause hemorrhaging of the lungs and brain as well as cancer. > Many Reservation residents live without health care due to vast travel distances involved in accessing that care. Additional factors include under-funded, under-staffed medical facilities and outdated or non-existent medical equipment. There is little hope for increased funding for Indian health care. > School drop-out rate is over 70%. > According to a Bureau of Indian Affairs report, the Pine Ridge Reservation schools are in the bottom 10% of school funding by U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. > Teacher turnover is 800% that of the U.S. national average > The small Tribal Housing Authority homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation are so overcrowded and scarce that many homeless families often use tents or cars for shelter. Many families live in shacks, old trailers, or dilapidated mobile homes. > There is a large homeless population on the Reservation, but most families never turn away a relative no matter how distant the blood relation. Consequently, many homes have large numbers of people living in them. > There is an estimated average of 17 people living in each family home (a home which may only have two to three rooms). Some homes, built for 6 to 8 people, have up to 30 people living in them. > 60% of Reservation families have no telephone. > Over 33% of the Reservation homes lack basic water and sewage systems as well as electricity. > Many residents must carry (often contaminated) water from the local rivers daily for their personal needs. > 39% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation have no electricity. > 59% of the Reservation homes are substandard. > It is reported that at least 60% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation need to be burned to the ground and replaced with new housing due to infestation of the potentially-fatal Black Mold, Stachybotrys. There is no insurance or government program to assist families in replacing their homes. > Some Reservation families are forced to sleep on dirt floors. > Many Reservation homes lack adequate insulation. Even more homes lack central heating. > Without basic insulation or central heating in their homes, many residents on the Pine Ridge Reservation use their ovens to heat their homes. > Many Reservation homes lack stoves, refrigerators, beds, and/or basic furniture. > Most Reservation families live in rural and often isolated areas. > The largest town on the Reservation is the town of Pine Ridge which has a population of approximately 5,720 people and is the administrative center for the Reservation. > There are few improved roads on the Reservation and many of the homes are inaccessible during times of heavy snow or rain. > Weather is extreme on the Reservation. Severe winds are always a factor. Traditionally, summer temperatures reach well over 110*F and winters bring bitter cold with temperatures that can reach -50*F below zero or worse. Flooding, tornados, or wildfires are always a risk. > Many of the wells and much of the water and land on the Reservation is contaminated with pesticides and other poisons from farming, mining, open dumps, and commercial and governmental mining operations outside the Reservation. A further source of contamination is buried ordnance and hazardous materials from closed U.S. military bombing ranges on the Reservation. > The Pine Ridge Reservation still has no banks, motels, discount stores, or movie theaters. It has only one grocery store of any moderate size and it is located in the town of Pine Ridge on the Reservation. > Several of the banks and lending institutions nearest to the Reservation were recently targeted for investigation of fraudulent or predatory lending practices, with the citizens of the Pine Ridge Reservation as their victims. > There are no public libraries except one at the Oglala Lakota College. > There is no public transportation available on the Reservation. > Ownership of operable automobiles by residents of the Reservation is highly limited. > Predominate form of travel for all ages on the Reservation is walking or hitchhiking.
  9. Hidden Away, in the Land of Plenty.... * Median income is $2,600 per year with 85% to 95% unemployment * Infant mortality rate 300% higher than the U.S. national average * Diabetes and Tuberculosis rates 800% higher than the U.S. national average * Elderly die each winter from hypothermia (freezing) * At least 60% of the homes are severely substandard, without water, electricity, adequate insulation, and sewage systems * School drop-out rate is 70% * Recent reports state the average life expectancy is 45 years old while others state that it is 48 years old for men and 52 years old for women. With either set of figures, that's the shortest life expectancy for any community in the Western Hemisphere outside Haiti, according to The Wall Street Journal. And the list goes on and on.... Simone
  10. I'm with you too - PM me what is needed the most - I have a stash of yarn you would notbelive and now I have a cause to make it into something - just needed the motivation. Simone
  11. I was thinking if they don't have blankets they probably do not have toys either - I saw a really cute crochet pattern, for making one of those learning books, you know where you have one page that buttons one that ties and so on - tkae very little yarn and you can use up your scraps if anyone is intersted let me know and I will get the pattern to you - Simone
  12. Rosa, I don't know - read the story about the penquins and maybe the pictures are what caught people's attention I wonder Pamela do you think you can post any photos of the kids at Pine Ridge or would there be issues of confidentiality? Probably, if you can maybe start a new thread - others what do you think? moni
  13. I love making baby things - can you use summer things as well? Like onesies, and little dresses, what about booties and slippers for older children, I could go on and on. I will committ to 2 afghans by august and another 2 for the October trip, and yes I want to sponsor a child, maybe I could do a set of siblings, as we are only talking 5 times a year, I will just throw something in the basket each time, I grow grocery shopping, and our target marks sesonal things down early as the summer things fro kids are marked down 50 and 75% right now. Thank you for telling us about this. I had sponsored a couple of children from the over seas programs but after two years had only received one letter, and I know c chunk of what I sent went to pay salaries. Simone
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