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Offline Weather Guy

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Please help feed the Guarijio!
« on: February 06, 2016, 08:52:39 AM »
We must avoid a humanitarian disaster on our doorstep!

The Guarijio communities beyond San Bernardo need at least 1200 kilos a month of beans (frijol) to survive until the next harvest.  Nearly 1/3 of the population is severely under nourished as the result of a poor fall harvest and loss of the winter crop, due to the Christmas time freeze.  At the present their food supplies are exhausted. Without food support they may not survive until the next harvest.

Who are the Guarijio?

The Guarijio were only recognized as a unique indigenous group around 1950. They were seen hunting with bow and arrows, dressed only in loin cloths as late as the 1970’s.  Today they are localized in several pueblos throughout the Mayo river drainage. Their present population is slightly more than a 1000 individuals. They range their cattle in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and subsistence farm beans and corn.
The Guarijio represent a cultural heritage over 1000 years old. Caves in the region have petroglyphs that depict a complex and spiritually oriented society that lived in harmony with the natural environment. Now marginalized by the encroachment of modern farmers, claiming their traditional range, they have retreated to the steep foothills of the Rio Mayo drainage where they still live in the most primitive of settlements.

What can you do?

For as little as $5 per month you can keep a child alive, for $20 you can feed the entire family.  We need 60 households who will pledge $20 per month or more, for the next 5 or 6 months, to turn this situation around.  Please help us show them that we value their heritage and care enough to help them today.
Donations are being collected at the Clinical Almas store. 100% of the money collected will be used to buy food. Volunteers will transport and help distribute the food.  Cash donations are tax deductible up to a $400 limit on your US tax return.  You may also bring 50 kilo bags of pinto beans, which you can find at Sams Club.

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Offline tom allen

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Re: Please help feed the Guarijio!
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2016, 12:43:46 PM »
Thanks for your post.  Where is the clinical almas store?