Last October, we told you about the generous offer made by the non-profit Everybody Solar to raise funds to make the One Spirit Allen Youth Center a solar-powered facility. Successfully getting solar power for the youth center would free up needed funds to enhance the operations of the center, raise awareness about renewable energy among the Lakota, and help enable us to continue and broaden the operations of a vital safe place for Lakota youth to prosper.
Everybody Solar raises funds to help other non-profits get solar power to save operating funds and to make another step toward trying to save our rapidly changing climate.
Expanding Our Solar Power
We are excited to announce that the fund drive has become a success, and adding solar power to operate the Youth Center is proceeding as we write. Completion of this project is imminent.
Celebration for the beginning the use of solar will be held at the Allen Youth Center on Native American Day, October 8, 2018.
We thank Everybody Solar for this wonderful gift of their assistance, and also our other donors, JinkoSolar, and the USDA Rural Development Team who have also participated in the program.
And there is more: Everybody Solar has also included an appeal for funds to provide solar power for the One Spirit Charging Buffalo Facility, which has the potential to save as much as $1800 in annual operating costs and keep another 32,870 pounds of carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere. The Buffalo House will thus be able to provide more nutrition, employment, and revenue for the Pine Ridge Reservation with a reduced environmental footprint in the bargain.
In conjunction with Everybody Solar, One Spirit has been asked to help try and raise the final $2500 of the almost $50,000 needed to bring this second solar victory to fruition.
If you, our faithful supporters, can help in this final amount, we will be, as always, extremely grateful.
This will allow the solar installation for the Buffalo House to be completed next month.
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. It is also in you, our supporters, who have helped us achieve so much in 2018.
In a sense, the One Spirit family is receiving a sort of smile of support from Wi that promises to benefit all of the Oglala Lakota.
We invite our supporters to visit Everybody Solar's website for more information about their various projects, including ours for the Buffalo House: www.everybodysolar.org
We of One Spirit remain dedicated to taking every step we can to improve the lives of the Oglala Lakota. In the past year or so, we have been able to improve the operations and programs of the Allen Youth Center, complete the Charging Buffalo House, expand and enhance the Food Program with healthy, local produce and meats, advance the sports programs such as the running team, and more.
It seems that other people of good will are noticing that we do this with a small budget, volunteer labor, and hard work. If you know of people who need to become aware of One Spirit, please send them to our website or have them call Jeri Baker or other officers. Word of mouth is the best advertising, and we always appreciate your support.
Thanks to Wi, to all of you, and to Everybody Solar. In a difficult moment for our nation, we have no intention of becoming discouraged.