Candace from Candace’s Book Blog is doing a really awesome thing. She was inspired a couple of weeks ago to help bring books to places that need them. When she searched online for some place to help she came across the Pine Ridge Reservation and knew instantly that’s who she had to help. Here’s a excerpt from her blog:
Pine Ridge is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation. It’s the eighth largest reservation (according to Wikipedia though I found other sources that said second largest) in the US. It’s larger then Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It is within the boundaries of Shannon and Jackson counties which are two of the poorest counties in the US. According to a study by Colorado State University it’s estimated the resident population at 28,787.Pine Ridge is not only the eighth largest reservation in the US but it is the poorest. Unemployment is between 80-85% and 97% are below poverty level. Teen suicide is four times the national average. Many families have no electricity, phone, running water or sewer.Pine Ridge has the shortest life expectancy out of any group in the Western Hemisphere. That is an average of 47 years for males and 52 years old for females. The infant mortality rate is five times the US national average.School drop out rate is over 70%. The schools are in the bottom 10% in school funding. Teacher turn over is 800% that of the US national average.Most live in rural and isolated areas. There are few paved roads and most rural homes are inaccessible during rain or snow. The weather is extreme. Severe winds, and bitter cold that can reach -50*F (I remember one winter was -60*F). Summers temperatures reach over 110*F.There are no banks, discount stores, movie theaters. There is only one grocery store of moderate size and it is in Pine Ridge. There are NO PUBLIC LIBRARIES except the ONE at Oglala Lakota College.
Candace is looking for books that are new or in very gently used condition and less then five years old. Not soiled or torn. I’m getting some books together to send. Candace has a lot of options if you are interested in helping. Please consider helping. Even if you can only donate one book, every little bit helps. For all the information go to Candace’s Post.