Kanatsiohareke Clean Water Project

For: Kanatsiohareke
Fonda, NY
Organizer: Kanatsiohareke
Kanatsiohareke Clean Water Project (Kanatsiohareke)
of $40,000 goal
95% Complete
Raised by 66 donors

The Story

A fundraising plea from Sakokwenionkwas Thomas Porter
and the Kanatsiohareke Board of Directors

July 27, 2017

Dear Friend and Supporter of Kanatsiohareke:

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. I am writing to you today to express my gratitude for all of your support and friendship over the years. But I am also writing –with some reluctance-- to ask for your help. For over two decades, the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community has been my home. It is the place to which I return in between times of helping with ceremonies and working in our communities to maintain our language and traditional teachings for our future generations. Kanatsiohareke has also served many of you as a place of communal gathering, cultural learning, and language revitalization, as well as a place of ceremony, rest, and rejuvenation. It is a place that we all cherish, despite the numerous infrastructural issues and setbacks that have accumulated over the years.

Unfortunately, the existing infrastructural issues at Kanatsiohareke have accumulated to a point that we can no longer put off addressing them. The Kanatsiohareke Community needs to act quickly to address two of the most urgent of these issues: our water and septic systems.  Over a century old, the spring water system in the community is now in such dire need of repair that we have been advised not to use the water that flows in abundance through our community. We have, instead, been forced to spend thousands of dollars a year purchasing bottled water that is trucked in from distant lands. Similarly, our septic system, which has never been fully operational, has recently shut down completely, requiring costly repairs to prevent sewage from backing up into the facilities. If Kanatsiohareke is to survive and thrive into the future, we will need to begin repairs and upgrades on these systems right away, and we are looking to raise $40,000 by mid-October of this year, as well as some additional funds thereafter.

Water is Life.  We each have a responsibility to protect and care for the water sources around us.  Because of the gravity of this responsibility and the accumulated weight of our struggle, we are asking that you support our efforts and share with us in upholding our collective responsibilities. Your tax-deductible donation in support of the Kanatsiohareke Clean Water Project will help us to do this, and it will allow us to build a more sustainable, flourishing community for the future generations.

Niawenko:wa tahnon skennenhatie,

Sakokwenionkwas Thomas Porter and the Kanatsiohareke Board of Directors

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 27, 2017

Posted on December 27, 2017

Shé:kon Friends and Supporters!

Earlier this month Kanatsiohareke began work on the first of our new water wells. You can find images of this work here: https://www.facebook.com/KanatsioharekeMohawkCommunity/posts/1482229618558470.  At the time it was drilled, this new well was producing around 100 gallons per minute. We do not yet know if that yield will remain constant, because the work was briefly interrupted. After some delay, the Department of Health has told us that next week they plan to give us the official okay to go ahead with the next steps on this well: testing the water quality and the water yield of this well. We expect to begin these next steps asap once we receive the official go ahead. Once this testing is completed, we may have to wait until Spring to complete the remainder of this well project, which will involve installing a pump, excavating and laying piping from the well to the facilities, installing any necessary treatment systems, and installing one or more holding tanks for the treated water. 

None of this would have been possible without your friendship and support. In our deep gratitude for your help on this important matter, we are wishing you, your family and friends the best possible 2018 with much love, happiness and health to you all. We are also extending our hopes that we will be visiting and sharing our new potable water with you sometime in 2018! 

Niawenko:wa tahnon wa'tkonnonhwerá:ton!

With deep respect, love, and gratitude,
The Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community

Posted on December 5, 2017


Posted on December 5, 2017

Because of our generous donors like yourselves, Kanatsiohareke has begun work on the first water well today! See images on our photos page here, or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KanatsioharekeMohawkCommunity/posts/1482229618558470.  Niawenko:wa again to all of our friends and supporters who have helped us get to this point!

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