purpose, is to provide assistance and support
to Native American children living on and off the reservation
system in North, Central and South America. Since many
Native American reservations have unemployment rates
of 60 to 80%, extreme poverty levels, despair and
continual high incidences of alcoholism, it is the children who,
than not, suffer the worst.
During their most important developmental
years, when they
should be developing their minds and creativity, many indigenous
children are just dealing with how to survive to the next day.
Therefore, our efforts will focus solely on these children and
in some instances their families as a whole.
Children of the Americas is a project that began
in 1999 without any formal structure or organization, but rather
as a team effort of several Native American women who were deeply
concerned about the plight of Native American children, focusing
initially on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
began by collecting toys for Christmas distribution,
then expanded into a winter needs campaign consisting
of gloves, hats, socks and blankets.
was accomplished through our own
personal contributions via bargain shopping.
As the need for relief help became more apparent,
we began collecting school supplies, sundries, and
of course food. It was during this time that friends
and family members started contributing to our
cause and thus the need arose for a more
UPS, and most other shipping companies
do not deliver to the reservations, we needed to raise
funds for shipping via US Postal Service. Various donors
would give cash for shipping costs or donate some of
the needed items. Many costs were self-funded.