Up to 43 percent of Native American children live in poverty and 29 percent of employed Native Americans live below poverty level.
The Southwest Reservation Aid™ (SWRA) program provides food, water, health products and emergency relief services for Native American Elders, families and children in need living on reservations in the Southwest.
Support Native Elders, children, and families on a monthly basis and receive a dreamcatcher as a reminder of your commitment!
Our program partner Cindy works at the Mescalero Elderly Program on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. She received SWRA Winter Fuel vouchers this year for 94 Elders in her community. Apache Elders Nina and Ellis are using their vouchers for propane heating this winter.
Many Native families find themselves under constant stress, whether facing food and water shortages, subpar housing and healthcare, or limited access to utilities and transportation. With the support of our generous donors, we aim to combat these inequities through our Summer Emergency Box service.
An October trip to the Southwest reconnected SWRA with our Chairperson, Lovena Lee in her home community of Sweetwater. We visited Alta, an 80-year Elder, to deliver a Thanksgiving meal box, water, and Winter Warmth items.
While many people associate heat and arid desert with the Southwest, winters are actually a challenging and dangerous time for many Native American Elders and families in this region.
When resources are stretched to their limit, the need for winter fuel is very real and adds an extra burden on these families.
Warmth is critical when temperatures drop below freezing.Donate Now
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