Around the World: Children Helping Children
In Avila, Spain, a group of scouts called Grupo Scout de San Antonio have joined the ONE Spirit Sponsorship program to help a Lakota teenager on Pine Ridge Reservation graduate from High School in style. The young boy had no clothes to wear for graduation so the scout troop raised money for a complete outfit including shoes.
The scout leader is a parish priest, called Juan, who himself sponsors another youth and his family. He also studies the culture of the Lakota and is very concerned about their well-being. Like other sponsors who live across the world, Juan and his Scout Troop are extending the hand of friendship and sharing to the Lakota.
The scout troop is a group of 50 girls and boys from 8 to 18 years old and from different races and cultures. In Spain, a lot of the scout troops incorporate an “Indian Tribe” as part of their group. Mostly it is for fun but in this group it is really serious. Their Indian Tribe is called “Hanta Ho” which means Clearing the Way. By getting out of their own way, they take steps toward the summit of their personal sacred mountain and they live their lives according to the qualities, wisdom and virtues of the Lakota. They understand the Sacred hoop, Wakinyan (thunderbird) and the Red Road.
The young people felt that it was important for them to be involved in something related to the Lakota people so they decided to help a young Lakota person. This special group of young people also used money earned by doing odd jobs to donate a ton of food to the needy of their community – following another Lakota tradition of sharing what you have with others.
ONE Spirit people understand that “Hanta Ho” has meaning for us all.