Non-profit, Everybody Solar, Raises Funds to Power the Youth Center
In traditional Lakota cosmology, Wi is one of the most powerful deities: the sun god. Wi is associated with bravery, endurance, courage and truth, among other attributes.
In a sense, we of One Spirit feel we are suddenly receiving a sort of smile of support from Wi that promises to benefit the Allen Youth Center and the entire Oglala Lakota. It comes in the form of an offer of help from another non-profit, Everybody Solar, which is dedicated to helping other non-profits get solar power installations to both save money and help save the environment.
One of the amazing things about watching an elite athlete running a race, even a marathon, is that will to put forth a final burst of energy to achieve a victorious outcome.
For the past few years, One Spirit and the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation have been running a marathon effort to complete the Charging Buffalo House: a fully-equipped, USDA-compliant meat processing facility that will enable the Lakota to process buffalo and other traditional meats to provide sound nutrition to people so desperately in need.
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As an all-volunteer charity, One Spirit is, like Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' classic A Streetcar Named Desire, "always dependent on the kindness of strangers."
Besides the ongoing financial generosity of our supporters, we are also fortunate in the additional voluntary donations of time and specialized skills that help make One Spirit able to serve the urgent needs of the Oglala Lakota from food aid to our many other programs helping the Lakota help themselves while always honoring their unique culture and heritage.
One last obstacle
The walk-in cooler (photo below) is the Last Obstacle to a fully functional USDA compliant meat processing facility. They're crazy expensive. This unit is quoted at $22,200.00 for the cooler and shipping. Then there's the cost of installation.
The Lakota have worked so hard to make the Charging Buffalo House a reality, from sweat equity to donations by Lakota artists to try and raise funds to reach the finish line this season.
Fall is the harvest time for buffalo and for other game taken by Lakota hunters, so the need for your generous donations is acute to enable One Spirit and the Lakota to get the Charging Buffalo House up and running immediately.