PIP Tribal Council President Sophie opening boxes
Feb 25, 2009
Everyone, pat yourselves on the back!
Food is arriving in Nunam Iqua and Ugashik/Pilot Point and Ann and Victoria are doing an incredible job of getting it to the people who need it. We can’t thank them enough for what they are doing for their villages and also for bringing us an understanding of the bigger picture of the crisis!!
Ann takes her Aunt along to translate when she delivers food. She told me it’s very hard to explain to people that the food is coming from people all over the world who want to help them. These are people who can’t believe she is using her own gasoline to make deliveries. She doesn’t even try to explain the Internet and e-mail and how we even know about them.
Victoria reported this yesterday:
We got a good sized bag, with some True Value canvas type bags – THAT person goes to ‘bush heaven’ in my book :-) in it to help with distribution. We got a bag of some type out to each of ‘truly needy’ as I think of the ones that I know have kids who are eating only at school, or adults who are looking REALLY frail and thin, elders I KNOW are helping their kids so much they are not eating right. I did a big pot of soup for the community center today and told everyone to try it out as it was a new recipe :-) It FLEW out of there. (during the day when kids are in school most adults will stop by sometime during the day.)
Cooking fuel in Ugashik and Pilot Point is still a problem. At $400 for a 100# cylinder, people can’t afford to buy it!
Both have been in touch with representatives from Samaritan’s Purse who will be sending boxes of food similar to the ones Sarah Palin delivered to Russian Mission and Marshall last week.
Ann has made personal contact with Alaska’s new Rural Advisor, Jon Moller, and is expecting him to visit Nunam Iqua in the near future.
Victoria has described the fishing industry in Bristol Bay. A “bad salmon run” is just the end of a series of events that have crippled the village fishermen’s ability to get their fish to market. In Ugashik and Pilot Point the fishermen have formed a co-op and they are working with the various villagers and others to start to find ways to secure markets for their fishermen.
We will soon be starting discussions seeking ways to start Native-based coops. I have put up pages challenging people to suggest ways to use flat rate boxes to send unique, Native produced goods to market. Also, a cold weather gardening page. Chime in!
If you have more ideas or would like to suggest a discussion topic and stick around to, moderate it, please let us know!
This is just the beginning…