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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