This is the British army veteran saving abandoned pets from bomb-stricken shelters in Ukraine

15:31 EDT 28 Mar 2022 , updated 12:11 EDT 29 Mar 2022

Sandra Clark

EXCLUSIVE: ‘The dogs were barking like mad, artillery rounds landing everywhere.’ British army veteran tells how he and his animal rescue team dodged Russian projectiles to save 120 animals trapped in a bombed shelter in Kharkiv

  • British Army veteran, Tom, has set out to save abandoned and misplaced animals in war-torn Ukraine with his rescue group, Breaking the Chains
  • In a span of 14 days, the charity has already managed to rescue nearly 700 dogs and cats, and deliver over 100 tons of aid to those in need
  • ‘What we do is very complex and very dangerous. It’s like a military operation, so to speak,’ Tom told DailyMail.com in a phone interview from Ukraine 
  • In one recent rescue effort, the crew retrieved 120 animals trapped in a shelter in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city that has been obliterated by Russia
  • ‘It was 900 meters from the Russian frontline. There were artillery rounds landing in and around the area while we were extracting the animals,’ he said 
  • The animals are taken to a ‘safe space’ to be examined, given water, cleaned up, and transported to the border of Romania, where they’ll be placed into shelters
  • Tom, who served in the British army for 16 years, founded the charity in 2020, and credits his own dog with helping him with his struggles with PTSD

As Western allies extend their support to displaced Ukrainians amid the ongoing war with Russia, one British Army veteran has set out to rescue the forgotten victims of the invasion – abandoned animals.  

Over the course of two weeks, former soldier, Tom, and his UK-based animal rescue group, Breaking the Chains, have saved nearly 700 dogs and cats in the war-torn country and delivered over 100 tons of food and medical supplies to those in need.

The 34-year-old from Yorkshire, northern England, has been on the frontlines in Ukraine helping extract animals from bomb-stricken shelters.

The veteran, who served in the British army for almost two decades, left the armed forces two years ago, but admits trying to carry out such a mission as a civilian is still ‘very complex and dangerous.’ 

‘It’s like a military operation, so to speak,’ Tom – who asked to keep his last name secret for security reasons – told DailyMail.com in an exclusive phone interview from Ukraine. 

British Army veteran, Tom, has been rescuing dogs from bomb-stricken shelters in Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion

Tom reaches out to a dog after dropping off much needed pet food and medical supplies to a Good Samaritan who has taken in stray and abandoned animals from the war-torn streets

Rescued dogs and cats in crates as they are transported to safety after being saved from an animal shelter in war-torn Ukraine. Tom and his team work with the animal shelter owners to determine which dogs can be placed together in the crates

‘This is a war, not a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado. There are so many factors you need to be aware of. We need to understand the situation. We need to understand the ground. We are working with maps, satellites.’ 

He continued: ‘There are people crying out left, right and center. 

‘It’s not just shelter animals that need our help, you have rescues, you have breeders, you have people that have taken in stray and abandoned animals, there must be at least 1,000 locations that have more than 30 dogs. There are thousands of them.’

In one of his most recent rescue efforts, Tom and his four-man team were able to retrieve 120 animals that were trapped in a bomb-stricken shelter in northeast Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, which has been obliterated by Russian troops.

‘It was a shelter that had been blown up twice. No one could go to it, no one could reach it and help the animals, so we went in,’ he said. 

‘It was 900 meters (980 yds) from the Russian frontline. There were artillery rounds landing in and around the area while we were extracting the animals. The dogs were barking like mad, then they settled down. 

‘One was trying to bite me because he was scared. They were all scared, but we were able to get all the animals out of there, so that’s good.’  An animal shelter in Kharkiv that was bombed twice. Tom and his team were able to retrieve 120 dogs and cats  that are now being held in shelters in Romania

Tom escorts a Saint Bernard to safety after it had been left behind by its owners who were forced to flee

Ukraine Abandoned cats are seen being taken from a shelter in northeast Kharkiv that had been blown up twice

Tom and his crew have been transporting the animals in one vehicle, a long wheelbase dog transport van, throughout the operation. 

‘There were 50 different crates already built into it,’ he explained. ‘The shelter owner knows their dogs and knows which ones to put together in the same crate, and we can get three or four cats into the same one. Soon as that van starts driving, they all just go to sleep.’ 

‘It was quite humorous because when we were driving, some cats escaped from a crate and ended up sleeping on the dashboard. We had one cat on the steering wheel, and two others sitting on our shoulders.’

After nearly 30 hours and 1,100 miles, the animals were brought to what Tom described as a ‘safe place’ where they met with their transport team.

The animals were then examined, given water, cleaned up, and taken to the border of Ukraine where they were met by another transport team which took them to shelters in Romania.

Another rescue involved delivering food and supplies to four shelters in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, and bringing back 50 dogs that were left behind by their owners upon evacuation. 

Tom has always been an animal lover. He even put a tiny pup in his pocket while serving with the British army

Yuki, a chihuahua, Tom rescued from a bombed-out shelter in Ukraine. When we drove away, Yuki wouldn’t stop barking, so I opened the cage and said, come on then, and I picked him up and he turned into the softest, most cuddly thing ever and fell asleep on my lap’

The kennel of dogs consisted of mostly larger breeds, all of which were severely emaciated and in need of medical attention.

‘The big challenge that we have is with the shelters because they have anywhere between 500 to 600 animals. Right now the maximum we can retrieve is about 100 dogs and cats,’ Tom explained. 

‘Ideally, we would like to get three more vehicles, two sprinters and a four by four pick-up. This way we could have more teams on the ground. 

‘This would give us time to save more animals from other places and deliver more food and supplies.’ 

Tom’s vision for the displaced animals of Ukraine extends far beyond rescuing them from their volatile country. 

Breaking the Chains had teamed up with UK-based animal rescue, Dog Bus Rescue, and together they will expand upon a current shelter in Romania that will house some 1,200 animals. 

A curious cat pokes its head out of a covered crate while being transported to the Ukrainian-Romanian border where it will be taken to a safe shelter

A sweet looking St. Bernard was among 50 malnourished dogs rescued by Tom and his team. The pups were all large breeds that had been left behind when their owners evacuated the country

Tom created Breaking the Chains animal rescue after serving in the British army for over thirty years. He credits dogs for saving his life more than once including one special dog that helped him during his struggles with PTSD which inspired Tom to devote his life saving animals

‘The shelter will be beautiful, with lots of outdoor space and a heated interior. Once there, the dogs will be examined, vaccinated and quarantined before going to other shelters across Europe where they will be adopted out to their forever homes.’

Volunteers are encouraged to contact Dog Bus Rescue directly if they are interested in coming to Romania to help build the shelter. 

Having served in the British army for 16 years, Tom says he’s an expert when it comes to working in conflict zones.

‘I joined the army at the age of 16. So from 16 until two years ago, I have been conditioned to warfare,’ he said. 

‘I was in the infantry, Iraq, Afghanistan. I have traveled all over the world. To me this is normal because this is all that I know.’

In 2020, Tom founded Breaking the Chains, a rescue group aimed at raising awareness and helping innocent animals around the world, especially dogs which he credits for saving his life more than once.

The animal lover and his team are also delivering tons of pet food and medical supplies to an animal shelter in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. To date, they have brought over 100 tons of food to various locations in desperate need of help

Tom bottle feeding a black furry puppy

Tom kisses a dog that had been abandoned by his owners when they fled the country

‘I have always loved animals. I grew up with animals, had them as a kid all my life. I worked alongside them in the military and they saved my life more times than I can count, both physically and mentally,’ said Tom.

‘When I was discharged from the British army with complex PTSD, I was in a really bad place so I got a dog who was also in a really bad place and together we helped each other. That’s what made me truly understand the power of animals and what they bring to us. 

‘From that moment, I decided you know what I am going to make the world a safer place for animals and ever since that I have been doing what I am doing.

Back home in England, Tom has five dogs, including Gypsy, the devoted dog he adopted during his struggles with his post-traumatic stress disorder. 

‘Gypsy is still with me. He is a blind Springer Spaniel. He is a veteran himself, bless him.’

Donations to Breaking the Chains can be made at: https://warpaws.org/donations/aid-for-ukraine-animals/ 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10660071/Saving-forgotten-dogs-frontlines-war-torn-Ukraine.html

UPDATE: GoFundMe Statement on the Freedom Convoy 2022 Fundraiser

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  • GoFundMe supports peaceful protests and we believe that was the intention of the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser when it was first created.
  • We now have evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.

To ensure GoFundMe remains a trusted platform, we work with local authorities to ensure we have a detailed, factual understanding of events taking place on the ground. Following a review of relevant facts and multiple discussions with local law enforcement and city officials, this fundraiser is now in violation of our Terms of Service (Term 8, which prohibits the promotion of violence and harassment) and has been removed from the platform.

Organizers provided a clear distribution plan for the initial $1M that was released earlier this week and confirmed funds would be used only for participants who traveled to Ottawa to participate in a peaceful protest. Given how this situation has evolved, no further funds will be directly distributed to the Freedom Convoy organizers — we will work with organizers to send all remaining funds to credible and established charities verified by GoFundMe.

All donors may submit a request for a full refund until February 19th, 2022 using this dedicated refund form.

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Let’s Get Them Home

Fundraiser by Charlotte Maxwell-Jones

$273,676 raised of $400,000 goal ● 4.7K donors

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Charlotte Maxwell-Jones is organizing this fundraiser to benefit Kabul Small Animal Rescue (Ksar).   In August of this year, the Kabul Small Animal Rescue tried to evacuate, and like tens of thousands of others, we were not able to. Worse, our dogs were seized against our will by the US military, troops we believed were there to protect us, and released onto the grounds of the Kabul airport, which they knew would be taken over hours later by the Taliban forces they had been fighting for two decades.
We did not give up, and despite the unforgivable and unnecessary deaths of many of our animals on the airport grounds, deaths that will always break our hearts, our staff worked constantly to recover the animals we were able to, provide care for those taken into custody at the airport, and sustain the many dogs, cats, tortoises, peacocks, and parrots that came into our shelter over the last three months. We have mustered our courage and made cordial relationships with the Taliban-led government, from whom we have seen far more compassion and humanity for our animals than was extended to us during the August withdrawal. With the help of many people who don’t sleep, we were granted an OFAC license to continue our work as a non-profit in Afghanistan, and we will continue working here for as long as it is safe to do so. To continue this life-saving work, we must evacuate the animals filling our shelter to their homes and rescues worldwide.
The majority of the funds raised for the planned August-withdrawal were saved for the evacuation flights, but much has been spent in these three months as prices for all food and medicine have tripled, and we have hired surge staffing to assist with the increased animal population. We are now asking that you help us with the final costs needed for our animal evacuation flights, $400,000 USD, which will go directly to the costs of the long-haul flight and the transit care for our 300+ animals in Dubai. With enormous gratitude to the Taliban leadership for kindness, compassion, and patience, KSAR has been granted permission to export the dogs and cats in our care, and we plan on wheels up within the next two weeks. We need your help to complete this massive effort. We will not leave behind those that cannot protect themselves, those we are responsible for. DonateShare

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Salvation Army Withdraws Controversial Guide, Which Urged Donors to ‘Repent’ for Racism

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The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission has withdrawn a controversial guidance on race, which urged donors to offer a “sincere apology” and ask for forgiveness for white supremacy and white-dominated culture after its contents went viral. However, despite originally issuing the guidance, which urged donors to “lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed,” the charitable organization denies the word-for-word reports on the contents of the guide, describing them as “simply false.”

In a November 25 update titled, “The Salvation Army’s Response to False Claims on the Topic of Racism,” The Salvation Army reiterated that its primary goal is to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

“The beliefs that motivate our service are based solely on the Bible, and that will never change,” the organization said, accusing “some individuals and groups” of attempting to “mislabel our organization to serve their own agendas.”

“They have claimed that we believe our donors should apologize for their skin color, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that we have abandoned our Christian faith for one ideology or another,” it wrote.

“Those claims are simply false, and they distort the very goal of our work,” it claimed, emphasizing its belief that racism is “fundamentally incompatible with Christianity, and that we are called by God to work toward a world where all people are loved, accepted, and valued”: Our positional statement on racism makes this clear. These beliefs and goals are critically important because we know that racism exists, and we are determined to do everything the Bible asks of us to overcome it.”

The organization explained that it publishes internal study guides on “various complex topics to help foster positive conversations and grace-filled reflection among Salvationists,” which is where the controversial guide “Let’s Talk About Racism” comes into the picture.

The organization said the guidance was “issued as a voluntary resource” and continued to defend it, casting blame on “some” for ignoring “accurate information” it has provided.

“At the same time, International Headquarters realized that certain aspects of the guide may need to be clarified. Consequently, for both reasons, the International Social Justice Commission has now withdrawn the guide for appropriate review,” The Salvation Army announced, claiming that it is not telling people how to think and reemphasizing that it is simply committed to the model set by Jesus.

However, the most controversial aspects of the guidance, which cited an “urgent need for Christians to evaluate racist attitudes and practices in light of our faith,” were not addressed in The Salvation Army’s pointed statement.

The guidance, developed by the organization’s International Social Justice Commission, listed goals in the guidance, urging donors to “understand and acknowledge the definitions of race and racism and how the social construct of race has affected society” and, ultimately, “lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed.”

The guide also instructed readers to “stop denying the existence of individual and systemic/institutional racism,” “stop denying that White privilege exists,” and “stop trying to be ‘colorblind’”:

While this might sound helpful, it actually ignores the God-given differences we all possess, as well as the beautiful cultures of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters. Instead of trying to be colorblind, try seeing the beauty in our differences, and welcome them into your homes churches and workplaces. Being colorblind also ignores the discrimination our Black and Brown brothers and sisters face and does not allow us to address racism properly.

It also asserted that individuals can perpetuate racism in “conscious and unconscious ways” and called for “repentance” and a “heartfelt apology,” as such is necessary, the guide suggested, to “move towards racial reconciliation”:

We recognize that it is a profound challenge to sit on the hot seat and listen with an open heart to the hurt and anger of the wounded. Yet, we are all hardwired to desire justice and fairness, so the need to receive a sincere apology is necessary. We are also imperfect human beings and prone to error and defensiveness, so the challenge of offering a heartfelt apology permeates almost every relationship.

Even if the individual feels as though they never acted in a racist manner, the guide suggested they “spend time repenting on behalf of the Church and asking for God to open hearts and minds to the issue of racism.”

“Perhaps God spoke to you during your time of lament, and you have an idea of what you need to repent and apologize for,” the now-pulled guide stated. “Please take time to write out or think about how you can repent and apologize.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/11/29/salvation-army-withdraws-controversial-guide-urged-donors-repent-racism/

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Waukesha restaurant donates all of day’s sales to help parade victims, raises about $15,000

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Joseph Sifnaios, co-owner of The Coop restaurant in Waukesha, Wisconsin, said on Sunday that his establishment was able to raise about $15,000 for the victims of last Sunday’s Christmas parade tragedy.

“For my brother and I the best form of payment, especially during this holiday season, is just to see people united and be happy and this is the least gesture we could have done,” he told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday. 

The breakfast restaurant donated 100% of its proceeds Friday to victims of the Nov. 21 Christmas parade tragedy that killed six victims, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured dozens of others.

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The Coop is donating all the proceeds to Waukesha County’s “United for Waukesha Community Fund,” which will “support the needs of the families impacted” by the devastating attack. 

Sifnaios said he and his brother were “humbled” by the outpouring of support. He added that people from other states, including Texas, South Dakota and Nevada donated as well.  

“Today someone just came in from out of state and just dropped $500 in our donation box,” Sifnaios said. “It’s unreal.”

“It just shows that this is one of the greatest countries,” he continued. “United we stand and you could see that.”

video shared on its Facebook page Friday showed a packed restaurant, with customers sitting at every table. 

“The community came together. We rallied together,” he said on Sunday. “We showed strength in the time of adversity and it just shows what ‘Waukesha strong’ really means for those that don’t know.” 

“We put ourselves on the map and thank God we were able to raise this $15,000 knowing that it’s going to benefit those that were affected and impacted,” he continued. 

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In a Nov. 21 Facebook post shared after the attack, The Coop announced that it would be closed the next day on Nov. 22.

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The Facebook post continued: “Although our moods are struck with sorrow & sadness there is no doubt this community will bounce back. We are a community that has shown strength in the face of adversity, love when there is hate, offered a helping hand to our neighbor in need, and shown relentless hospitality to the many people and faces who have walked through our doors. We will get through this together.”

In another Facebook post on Saturday, The Coop noted that they “opened our doors at 7:00 a.m. and had people lined up out the door starting at 6:45 a.m.”

“Throughout the day, many faces familiar and new rallied together to support a cause that hit too close to home,” the post continued.

On Nov. 21, Darrell E. Brooks, 39, allegedly drove into the parade in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, initially killing five people and injuring more than 60. On Tuesday, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks became the sixth fatality.

Brooks was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and will likely be charged with a sixth count for Sparks’ death. 

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Initially 16 patients between ages 3 and 16 years old were admitted to Wisconsin Children’s Hospital, according to WISN-TV in Milwaukee. 

“It hurts,” Sifnaios said on Sunday. “I mean we were one degree separated from everything.” 

He noted that the restaurant is “two minutes away from where this all this took place.” 

“We’re trying to recuperate,” he said, noting that “the Christmas parade is a huge tradition in Waukesha.”

“My thoughts are: How many people came to our restaurant this past Sunday before they went to the parade? And it just pains me,” Sifnaios continued. 

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A number of local and national fundraisers have been organized for victims and their families in the days since the attack. Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt — a Waukesha native — has offered to cover the funeral costs for all the victims. 

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Fox News’ Brie Stimson, Paul Best and FOX Business’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report. 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/waukesha-restaurant-parade-victims

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The animals of Ida need help

Dog who survived horror crash which killed owner needs help after 75% burns

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by Tom Coates, Kelly-Ann Mills15:28, 29 Jun 2021Updated15:29, 29 Jun 2021 3 – 4 minutes

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Samantha Garcia was a passenger in a head on collision which killed her and two others. Remarkably her dog Nala survived despite suffering horrific burns

The family of a mum who died in a horrific car crash is appealing for donations to save her pet dog who survived with 75% burns.

Samantha Garcia was a passenger in a head on collision which also killed two others.

Miraculously, the 24-year-old healthcare worker’s dog Nala survived – but suffered burns to most of its body and is fighting for its life.

A rescue centre is attempting to raise money to pay for vet bills and ongoing care for Nala, so the pet can be reunited with Samantha’s only daughter Aurora, two.

Nala the dog is still in need of treatment

Nala, a two-year-old pitbull mix, is being treated for infections and has to be placed under anaesthetic every day so vets can clean the pooch’s wounds.

The pet is currently in a critical state, and if it survive, will require back surgery and may even need to have an ear removed, which could cost around £30,000. Nala the dog is still in need of treatment(Image: Rane Garcia / SWNS.COM)

Lisa Rose, 35, from Second Chance Rescue, an animal charity promoting the fundraiser, said: “The two-year-old keeps asking for her mummy and she keeps asking for Nala.

“She wants to know where Nala is, so it’s important for us to try bring Nala home.

“It is up in the air because of the infection component. She is in a critical care unit 24/7 with specialists. She is getting the top care.

“They are optimistic if they keep everything on course, she’ll be okay, but they can’t say that to us.

“It’s a huge undertaking.

“The hospital is providing a discount because even the hospital feels bad about the whole situation, but even with the discount it’s up there because the level of care she needs is so great.” Nala the dog after the horrific accident(Image: Rane Garcia / SWNS.COM)

Mum Samantha was the passenger in a Chevy Equinox which collided with a Lexus in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on June 4.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, along with the driver and passenger of the other car, Michael Blackmon, 25, and Nicholas Barruzza, 26.

The driver of the Equinox, a 26-year-old, was flown to hospital with serious injuries, it was reported.

Family and friends of Samantha, from Rockaway, New Jersey, launched an online fundraiser to pay for Nala’s treatment.

Writing online, one said: “She has needed multiple surgeries and was badly burned from the flames.

Nala the dog after the horrific accident

“Nala is the only part of Samantha that her family and young daughter have left.

“Her vet bill has been accumulating to thousands of dollars between transfers to multiple vet facilities for care.

“Family and friends would appreciate any donations or help in finding resources to help Samantha’s family for Nala’s bill.”

They have so far raised more than $2,000, but Second Chance hope to collect $50,000.

Charity founder Jennifer Brooks, 41, said: “It’s such a tragic, terrible situation for the family and we want to ease their burden and ease their pain during this time.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dog-who-survived-horror-crash-24422090.amp?__twitter_impression=true

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Petition · Tim Cadogan: Stop GoFundMe from allowing campaigns on cruelty to animals such as Trophy Hunting. · Change.org

Eleonora Carrara started this petition to Tim Cadogan and 3 others

GoFundMe has helped many needy causes and individuals with legitimate fund raising campaigns throughout the years. It makes fundraising easy and accessible.

However, GoFundMe is now approving fundraisers for Africa Trophy Hunters!

The promotion of senseless killing of “trophy” animals by GoFundMe especially at a time in history when the planet is in an ecological crisis in terms of the environment and its wildlife is reprehensible. GoFundMe should take down this fundraiser immediately. This campaign is regressive and has tarnished the GoFundMe image.

Alternate positive campaigns to create sustainable, cruelty free employment in Africa and elsewhere should be encouraged. Why would GoFundMe promote such a deplorable campaign rather than promoting positive changes benefitting local tourism, the environment and the animals. 

GoFundMe – do the right thing and disassociate yourself from this cruel and deplorable campaign. Take the Africa Trophy Hunters fundraiser down!Start a petition of your ownThis petition starter stood up and took action. Will you do the same?Start a petition

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Elke KRAFCZYK·2 days agoit`s a SHAME to see such a organization like gofundme promoting cruelty to animals.You lost quite a few supporters having done this.

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Irish people help raise millions for Native Americans hit by the pandemic to repay century old favor

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In the darkest time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds are stacked against the Navajo and Hopi families. Native Americans are in a troubled spot as the world fights against the virus. The disparity of healthcare services and the growing healthy inequity puts Native American citizens at higher risk of contracting liver and respiratory diseases, among many other illnesses.YouTube

Today, Navajo and Hopi share the same dilemma with the rest of Native American families in the time of the COVID-19 crisis. Tribes in the west suffer from overcrowded houses and lack of water supplies. Some houses even shelter up to 15 members because of limited housing. “The overcrowded home situation is at least 16 times the national average,” said Kevin J. Allis, CEO of the National Congress of American Indians.

We’ve already seen a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases where areas with Native American families are living in one house. Despite the state’s campaign of social distancing and regular washing of hands, families in these areas cannot avoid close-proximity contact because of their living arrangements. Studies also show that 30% of homes in the Navajo nation don’t have running water.GoFundMe

$10 billion of government funding is currently allocated for relief programs. But the animosity between Indian groups and the government remains over when and how the money will be distributed. Allis explains how tribal leaders are doing their best to keep their communities safe from the virus.

The Navajos have instituted strict curfews, checkpoints, and mass testing to curb the rising number of cases. However, not all people own mobile phones. When someone tests positive, authorities have a hard time tracking them down.

Now that the world has seen the plight of Native Americans, a GoFundMe campaign was created to raise money for families of the Navajo and Hopi citizens. The news got around, and donations from Irish people began pouring.CBS This Morning

What drove the Irish people all the way across the Atlantic to help? It was an act of gratitude for what the Native Americans have done to help Ireland during the “Great Hunger” of the 1800s. Let’s take a quick history review.

Back in the mid-1800s, the Choctaw Nation provided $170 (equivalent to $5000 today) to the Irish. The most moving part of the Choctaw Nation’s generosity was how 60,000 Native Americans suffered through the Trail of Tears. Despite the hardships and anguish they already experienced, they continued with their donations, helping thousands of people in Ireland live through the famine.YouTube

One hundred seventy-three years later, Ireland has still never forgotten the kindness extended by the Navajo to their country. “From Ireland, 170 years later, the favour is returned,” Pat Hayes, an Irish donor, wrote in a message. “To our Native American brothers and sisters in your moment of hardship!”

The fundraising page is now both flooded with both heartfelt messages and donations. “Yá’át’ ééh from Ireland. The Native American donation all those years ago was never forgotten. There have been songs written about your generosity,” one comment said. “I am glad to be able to return the favour in some small part.

Almost 44,000 people were able to donate to the GoFundMe campaign, with nearly $ 2.4 million out of the $ 3 million target.GoFundMe

The GoFundMe page was updated with this message: “Hi folks! My apologies on a delayed update! My last update was 11 days ago, and I reported then that we had broken the $1 million fundraising mark. 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!!!”

Native American families have lost so much in the time of the pandemic. The Navajo and Hopi tribes have lost elders and children to the disease. “In moments like these, we are grateful for the love and support we have received from all around the world,” Vanessa Tulley, one of the organizers, said.

“Acts of kindness from indigenous ancestors passed being reciprocated nearly 200 years later through blood memory and inter-connectedness. Thank you, IRELAND, for showing solidarity and being here for us.”

The amount of donations support by the Native Americans is proof that we cannot beat COVID-19 alone. Acts like these are what bring us closer together, restoring the faith we have for humanity.

Find out more about the campaign by watching the video below:

 

https://mypositiveoutlooks.com/native-americans-flooded-with-donations-from-irish-people/

The Navajo Nation Has Only One Official COVID-19 Relief Fund If You Wish To Donate

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It appears best and safest to give directly to the official Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief Fund through their governmental web site. They take monetary and non-monetary donations. Donations are tax deductible. Some other fundraising activities may or may not be legitimate, and may take a percentage.

Click on the Donate button on this Navajo Nation Governmental (Dept. of Health) web site to donate: https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19

At the Donate Button linked page it explains:
Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund has been established to help the Navajo Nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the Navajo Nation’s only official COVID-19 fundraising and donation effort.

The Navajo Nation is accepting monetary and non-monetary donations to address immediate medical and community needs. Charitable donations to the Navajo Nation are deductible by the donor for federal income, estate, and gift tax purposes…” Read more here, including

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UPDATE On Bahamas struggle to recover before the next hurricane season is upon them

fox43.com

With a few months to go before the new hurricane season begins this summer, piles of debris that are still sitting along the streets could turn deadly.

ABACO, The Bahamas — There are signs of recovery in the Abaco Islands, five months after Hurricane Dorian decimated this part of the Bahamas.

In Marsh Harbor, for example, work crews and volunteers are gutting homes, repairing roofs and clearing streets.

But in other parts of town, stray dogs are the only signs of life, and only the distant sounds of chainsaws and hammers pierce the eerie quiet.

In fact, some of the areas devastated by the storm appear untouched since the hurricane made landfall, without a person in sight.

Utilities have been slow to come back.

“We expect power in Abaco to be fully restored by early summer,” reports Katherine Smith from the Bahama Disaster Reconstruction Authority.

Thoughts of the 2020 hurricane season are adding urgency to the recovery.
Resettling to Rebuild

With so many homes destroyed, there aren’t enough people currently living on the island to rebuild quickly.

“Much of the population in Abaco evacuated or were displaced. And now they are largely unable to return because there is no housing,” explains David Eisenbaum, with the charity All Hands And Hearts. “We need thousands of volunteers. There’s a tremendous need for manpower and the recovery is limited by this shortage of labor.”

To help residents return to the islands, the Bahamian government is setting up dome structures for temporary housing.

“We are shipping in domes that they can stay in as their homes are being rebuilt,” Smith tells CNN. “And we are launching a Small Home Repair Program this month to try to get the homes ready for the next hurricane season, which is right around the corner.”

With a few months to go before the new hurricane season begins this summer, piles of debris that are still sitting along the streets could turn into deadly projectiles if the wind picks up.
Reviving Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama also suffered severe devastation from Dorian. Storm surges up to 20 feet submerged vast parts of the island, swamping more than 4,200 homes according to Smith.

“Some of these homes might partially still be standing, but are not safe to stay in,” explains Katie Wiles, an American Red Cross spokeswoman. “One of the top needs here is also for long-term shelter.”

There’s also a shortage of drinkable water; the storm surges dramatically raised the salinity of Grand Bahama’s water supply.

“After Dorian, the water became extremely salty. Currently, 65% of households are compromised,” reports Iram Lewis, the Bahamas’ minister of state for disaster management and reconstruction. “By March, that number should be down significantly and completely gone by the end of the summer.”

It’s a hint of optimism, boosted by electricity that is now back on across almost all of Grand Bahama.

Yet the devastation to infrastructure and business has crippled the economy. Unemployment for Grand Bahama remains high, and the damage to infrastructure renders tasks beyond meeting the day-to-day needs difficult.

“So many have to now walk on foot through the debris just to receive drinkable water. The everyday challenges they face make it difficult to rebound from this and rebuild,” Wilkes explains. “The level of devastation is so big that it will take a long time for the Bahamas to recover. And they can’t do it alone.”

Many of the international charities who initially responded to Dorian are still on the ground. You can help these organizations continue their work in the Bahamas by clicking the button below or by following this link.

https://www.fox43.com/amp/article/news/nation-world/bahamas-struggle-to-recover-before-the-next-hurricane-season/521-c02848f2-700f-4e8c-9965-454ed2635422?__twitter_impression=true

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How To Research A Rescue

Guardians Of Life

When supporting any rescue of your choosing we recommend and encourage that you do your research first. It is imperative and crucial that you thoroughly investigate them. Otherwise, you could wind up enabling fraudulent individuals, where proceeds do not contribute to animal’s well being.

The How To:
If said rescue has a facility, make sure someone can investigate the facility in person. If you think of sending an animal there, including if you are sending pets there – it is your right to make sure that your pets will be treated well and safe before their new guardians adopt them.
Calling local animal control and other rescues in said area to get references, while also making sure the rescue of your choosing isn’t banned from pulling, is a must. Speak with the Founder or Representative of the rescue you are choosing, ask if they spay and neuter all animals…

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