A wheelchair ramp for a Hopi elder.
A new, accessible shower for a 96-year-old Diné great-grandmother.
A shed to shelter sheep on whom a community relies for cultural and physical nourishment on the Navajo Nation.
A wood shed for a family who depend on firewood to stay warm in winter.
A flatbed of trash picked up from a village on a journey of healing from its trauma, past and present.
Repairs to a Hopi corn shed housing a year's supply of heirloom corn.
Firewood split and distributed to elders and families preparing for cold temperatures.
Gutters installed at a historic home on First Mesa.
Two layers of plastic sheeting on the leaky roof of a 17th century home in need of extensive repair - a temporary solution to complex problems faced by the community in which the home sits.
None of these acts of service solve the deep-seated challenges of poverty and cultural loss, of historical and present-day trauma. But in 11 years of this work, we find that it is the little things which move reconciliation forward, which bring communities separated by conflict, colonization, discrimination, and isolation together in a spirit of friendship, which remind each of us of the importance of showing up, as we are, at service to a shared purpose and a more connected future.
It is a drop in the bucket - but if enough good people make the effort to contribute a drop, whenever and wherever they can, a tide of healing is bound to flow someday.
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