According to legend a group of Choctaw being forced to migrate off their land heard about the Great Potato Famine that starved a generation of Irish people from one of the overseers. Moved by the plight of the Irish, they pooled together and donated the equivalent of $5000. This incredible kindness from one of the most impoverished people was never forgotten by the Irish.
In 2017, a sculpture of nine eagles feathers called Kindred Spirits was unveiled in Bailick Park in Midlton, County Cork, Ireland. The following year, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced a scholarship program for Choctaw youth, calling the relationshipbetween the two communities “a sacred bond…which has joined our peoples together for all time.” He added, “your act of kindness has never been, and never will be, forgotten in Ireland.”
The Navajo nation has suffered tremendously due to the epidemic. In some parts of the community up to 40% of homes don't have running water and 10% don't have electricity. The coronavirus has hit this community hard, with at least 2373 cases and 73 death as of May 3. The community set up a GoFundMe campaign and were suprised by the Irish donors that helped raise the campaign to an incredible $3,021,990.
The GoFundMe host Ethel Branch updated the success of the GoFundMe campaign.
Well we have now broken the $2 million mark, in good part due to a beautiful act of solidarity from our friends in Ireland, who remember the kindness shown to them by our Choctaw brothers and sisters, who sent them aid during the great potato famine in 1847. Thank you so much, Ireland!!!
I also have an update on food distributions. Last week, through use of your amazing donations, we were able to get $102,393.55 to Navajo and Hopi to provide food and water to Navajo and Hopi elders, immunocompromised, and families with children. Thank you!!!! This is in addition to the $65,758.79 in food and water from the week prior, and the $81,347.03 in food and water from two weeks before. Through bulk orders we are able to deliver food baskets that cost about $100 each that are designed to feed an entire household for two weeks so folks can successfully STAY HOME and help FLATTEN THE CURVE in our communities.
April was incredible in terms of our ability to help those in need on our two nations, and we look forward to an even stronger May. Our initial goal was to get $100,000 in food and water up here each week, but having met that goal, we are now shooting for the wildly optimistic goal of $200,000 per week. The team is up for the challenge! Thank you to the Vadon Foundation for a gift of $100,000 to help make this happen!