A mother on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a participant in the Lakota Healthy Start program, plays with her boys. (Deanne Fitzmaurice)

IndieGoGo Re-Launches Campaign To ‘Help Save Lakota Babies’ Lives’

ICTMN Staff
2/4/13

IndieGoGo.com has extended the "Help Save Lakota Babies' Lives" campaign due to malfunctions on its website, which made it difficult for some donors to process their payment through PayPal. The system has now been repaired.

Starting February 1 at 12:30 p.m. EST, the IndieGoGo.com campaign to benefit the Lakota Healthy Start Program went live again for a limited time. If you are willing and able, Kitty Farmer, executive director of the Lakota Health Start Building Campaign, requests you try to make your donation again at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/268593.

“We’re crowd-sourcing to raise money for a new, sustainable, ‘off-the-grid’ building that will be located on five beautiful acres and last for a very long time,” Farmer wrote in her first email solicitation to friends and colleagues.

The Lakota Healthy Start program, which has experienced numerous challenges in securing a home, aims to drastically reduce the death of babies on the reservation. The infant mortality rate on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation is 300 percent higher than the national average. The program works to achieve this change by providing emotional care, nutrition, education and Lakota values to young at-risk moms and their newborns and children.

“Every young mom who goes into Healthy Start tests off the scale for depression,” Farmer recently explained in an email to Indian Country Today Media Network. “After we get the building built, it's my dream to 638 the program, and have full-time mental health professionals, and a nurse practitioner on board. I also want to provide educational training in collaboration with the Oglala Lakota Tribal College so that the young moms can become ‘peer counselors’ and go into the field and talk to their younger peers about NOT GETTING PREGNANT as a teen, doing drugs, partner abuse, on and on and on....”

Read more about the program in Indian Country Today Media Network:

Lakota Moms and Babies Need Help: Support Lower Infant Mortality Through Healthy Start

Lakota Healthy Start Program Needs Permanent Home To Help At-Risk Moms and Babies

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