Donations needed

While we certainly still need money donated for our relief work with displaced Palestinian refugees from Nahr el Bared, there are other crises affecting indigenous populations at the present moment the first appeal comes from a student at Boise State University:

1. Dear Friends:

A few days ago one of the wildfires burning in the Owyhee area damaged
power lines feeding into the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Idaho. This has
completely cut the power to the reservation. The Tribal Headquarters,
Community Center, Hospital, police, corrections and fire departments
are running on generators, but most Tribal Members do not have power,
running water or phone lines. Anyone who has been through the
reservation understands that they also do not have cell phone service
there. They think the power will be turned on sometime on Monday but
in the meantime it is hot there and they have many elderly members
residing on the reservation and their care is a high priority. Not everyone
owns a vehicle or have the means to leave during this difficult time.

Last night on Channel 2 news reported on the emergency and noted that
the Tribe needed help providing ice, flash lights, batteries etc. to
their members. They are trying to provide enough ice to members to
keep their food from spoiling. A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo to
provide assistance to the Tribe. The account is under Duck Valley
Indian Reservation Ice Emergency Fund. If you can donate to the fund,
I am sure it will be appreciated.

The Shoshone-Paiute Tribe has been very supportive of the Hispanic
Community. Their Tribal Chair and members have attended several of our
Latino functions. Their chairman helped to secure money for last years
Hispanic Issues Training Conference. They have presented at the
conference and Sho-Pai drumming / dance troupe have used the Hispanic
Cultural Center for Pow-Wows and performed on the day the mural on the
first floor of the Center was revealed. In the past they donated money
to the Latino / Tribal summit held in Boise. They supported the
Hispanic Commission’s political forum and the minority summit. Let’s
continue to show our solidarity with them and donate what we can.

Thank you.

2. Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We Urge you to Support and donate to PALESTINIAN FAMILIES IN GAZA TODAY!

Your Donations are Tax Deductible in the USA

Donate online at Your donation is given to families in cash
Make a General Donation to Families with an amount of your choice
Adopt a family on monthly basis at $100 per month
Share in adopting a family on monthly bases at $60 per month

To Organizations: Please consider refugeesupport for your next fundraising event

To all those concerned for human rights and dignity…

Al-Karmel for Culture and Social Development Association appeals to you, from the camps and towns in the middle and the south of the Gaza Strip: Nuseirat, Maghazi, Deir al-Balah, Al-Bureij, Wadi al-Salka, Al-Qarara; the eastern villages of Khan Yunis, Al-Mowasi, Maan, Khan Yunis Camp.

More than one half-million refugees desperately need relief, in the most difficult situation they are facing since the 1967 war. More than 80% of the families have been affected by recent circumstances; 500 people were killed, 60% of them being civilians and children; approximately 5000 people were injured, and 50% of those became disabled. The rate of poverty has increased dramatically and many families have no income; governmental associations have broken down, and many have stopped providing humanitarian assistance to their beneficiaries. In this situation, those organizations working to provide humanitarian relief to families have become overloaded. These organizations, like Al-Karmel, have been working to provide families with the minimum humanitarian aid for their survival in these very black days. In this volatile, difficult situation that has persisted since early 2006, we have seen the following:

* More than 64% of Palestinian families live with less than 500 NIS ($120), half of it from the unsustainable human aid from national and international relief organizations.
* There is a 40% unemployment rate among Palestinian households in the Gaza Strip.
* 70% of the planted lands on the border of the Gaza Strip were destroyed by Israeli tanks.
* 30% of families were affected by the internal struggle between families and political parties.
* 100% of families suffer from psychological stress.

Al-Karmel for Culture and Social Development Association is a very active non-governmental organization, providing services in the middle camps and the southern area of the Gaza Strip. We have a special calling to serve poverty-stricken Palestinians, and support their fundamental rights of economic, educational, cultural and social progress, especially for the destitute classes. We are working to create a positive response to the emergency crisis situation by alleviating affected families with urgent humanitarian assistance, in addition to empowering these families to face the crisis by providing them with psychological and social support.

Please respond to our appeal for support. Your contribution will go to support our important work:
* Combating malnutrition among children and pregnant women
* Providing humanitarian aid and relief to the poor affected by this crisis.
* Providing psychological and social support to the victims of violence.
* Improving the economic status of young people by integrating them into the labor force.
* Building the capacity of new graduates, to increase their opportunities for employment.
* Social intervention through lobbying and advocacy to face the crisis and support the community.

Al-Karmel for Culture and Social Development Association is a partner of Takaful, the Palestinian Refugee Support Network. Visit our website, and help support Al-Karmel’s work today. Your contribution can, and will, make a practical difference to support community programs that are desperately needed now!

For more information about Al Karmel, visit Al-Karmel’s website. Donate online.

This alert distributed by

Takaful: Palestinian Refugee Support Network

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