Before Christmas I saw on minisinoo's journal a link to this appeal Pretty Bird Woman House a shelter for abused Native American women in Dakota (a grimly astonishing figure of "One in three Native American or Alaska Native women will be raped at some point in their lives." is detailed in an Amnesty International report). Their old shelter had been vandalised and burned down, and they needed $70,000 to buy somewhere new. I was able to make a small donation, when the figure they'd collected was about $10,000. When I checked back today, they'd raised and exceeded the amount they needed.
Hope is alive and well in 2008.