The Relief Fund was established on March 15, 2020 when Ethel Branch, the former Navajo Nation Attorney General, started a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money to assist a few Navajo and Hopi families with purchasing two-weeks’ worth of food so they could go into self-quarantine and be protected from the initial onslaught of COVID-19 cases in the area.
The GoFundMe Campaign raised $5000 by the end of the day, and Ethel reached out to 8 amazing Navajo women leaders to ask for their assistance in spreading this aid broadly across the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. The Relief Fund soon had a Leadership Team of 12 amazing Navajo and Hopi women leaders and one honorary member and key partner, Klee Benally of Kinlani/Flagstaff Mutual Aid. The Team raised over $5 million on GoFundMe and formed Yee Ha’oolniidoo to manage the funds and conduct relief work.
As of September 21, 2020 the team and a legion of Navajo and Hopi volunteers all over the two nations has provided food and water to roughly 30,000 households (roughly averaging 4 persons per household) in over 80 Chapters on Navajo and in 9 of the 12 Hopi Villages. The team is also handing out masks and hand sanitizer with their Kinship Care Packages.
Video courtesy of Karney Hatch
Donate to provide direct relief to our Navajo & Hopi relatives by either clicking the link below or mailing a check payable to Non Profit Fiscal Services to 623 E. 2100 South, Suite B1, SLC, UT 84106. Please add 'Navajo/Hopi Relief' in the memo line.