Construction projects. Pre-school screenings. Food delivery.

It's long days of hard work. You'll love it! 

We consult with local Native American community leaders each year to determine which projects will benefit local residents. Our work is always guided by the needs of the children and families who have limited access to medical and social services. Each summer, we complete two week-long trips, as well as shorter trips throughout the year for medical professionals. 

Navajo Nation                                                                                        Gallup, New Mexico

Our home base for the Summer 2016 trip was Gallup, NM.  We worked on these projects:

Medical and developmental screenings for pre-school children are a requirement for admission to local Head Start programs. The screening team included a physician and three medical students. High school and college students assisted with screenings, and provided did craft activities in the 4 Head Start districts we visited (Church Rock, Crownpoint, Thoreau and Nenahnezad).  

Completed the drywall in a hogan that had been recently constructed.

Installed small solar panels on the roofs of five mobile homes. The solar energy will give 6 hours of light to the 5 lightbulbs inside the homes, which do not have electricity. 

Delivered food and water to Navajo families throughout the Eastern communities of the Navaho Nation. Food was donated by the Philoptochos Society at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque. Water delivery is provided by appointment through St. Bonaventure Mission and Dig Deep. 

Prepared food delivery boxes at the Community Pantry in Gallup, NM. Assisted in serving a hot lunch at the weekly bingo day for older residents.

 

 

Our home base for the Summer 2015 trip was Gallup, NM.  We worked on 5 projects:

Medical and developmental screenings for 75 pre-school children - a requirement for admission to local Head Start programs. The screening team included a physician, dentist, eye surgeon and four medical students. High school and college students assisted with screenings, and provided a hot lunch and craft activities in each Head Start district (Church Rock, Crownpoint, Thoreau and Window Rock).  

Construction project at a school operated by St. Bonaventure Mission in Thoreau. Our construction staff purchased the building materials and worked in partnership with mission staff to replace a roof.

Installed a floor in a hogan (Navajo house) for a Navajo pastor whose wife is dying of cancerPut solar panel on a roof of a hogan to provide electricity for the first time to an elderly couple. We purchased all building supplies.

Delivered food and firewood to Navajo families throughout the Eastern communities of the Navaho Nation. Food was donated by the Philoptochos Society at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque. Delivered water with Darlene Arviso to families in remote areas. 

Worked in the vegetable gardens at the Community Pantry in Gallup, NM and assisted in serving hot lunches to local residents.