Frequently Asked Questions and Stats
Most frequent questions and answers
Why is FOOD and HEALTHCARE aid so CRITICAL?
The Navajo Nation has 13 grocery stores and 13 health clinics in an area that is bigger than the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined.
This number is a devastatingly inadequate. To put it into perspective, the state of Massachusetts, which is 30% of the Navajo Nation’s size, has 1,383 stores and 97 hospitals.
In other words, 1/3 the area has 106 times as many grocery stores and 7.5 times the number of hospital compared to clinics.
The Navajo nation has one doctor for every 1781 people compare to Arizona’s one doctor for every 399 people. There are 1.9 hospital beds for every 1000 people in Arizona yet only 0.3 hospital beds for our counterparts living on the Navajo Nation.
Why do WATER TANKS MATTER?
30% of Navajo Nation does not have running water. It’s not just the gallon of water they should be drinking a day but they also need to cook, bath and wash regularly. How do you maintain Corvid’s sanitation standards if you have to haul water long distances in 5 gallon buckets? Keep in mind most of the population lives hours away from fill stations and they have less than reliable transportation.
Water bottles don’t last long and generate substantial trash that is difficult to dispose of. The 250-300 gallon water tanks can last much longer and need to be hauled far less often. Some water delivery trucks are available. NASVU sees additional water trucks as another opportunity to improve conditions in the future. The Navajo Nation needs roughly 20,000 water tanks currently and most of the other southwest tribes face similar conditions..
ELECTRICITY; is it a CONVENIENCE or a MATTER of LIFE and Death?
Most Americans take electricity for granted and we can’t even fathom that entire regions of the Navajo Nation are off the grid so to speak. 30% of Navajo Nation is not connected to electricity.
Sounds difficult but not dangerous, RIGHT?
Consider that 100,000 Navajo or 50% of adult populations live with type II diabetes or prediabetes (CDC stats). So how do they keep insulin refrigerated in the hot summer months without electricity?
In the winter months they can keep their insulin outside in the snow if they are lucky enough to heat their substandard homes. Imagine living in the high desert snow and cold without electricity to help heat your home in the winter.
Having electricity is a matter of life and death to all of us, especially to the diabetic Native Americans so NASVU is pursuing solar options to alleviate the hardships that allow so many to perish needlessly.
How much does it cost to deliver goods ?
- One truck load full of water tanks cost $7,500.00
- One Solar kit cost and refrigerator $ 5,000.00
- One Helicopter with Supplies cost $5,000.00
- One Tractor trailer sponsor for supply missions cost $1,000.00
- One Chainsaw cost $250.00
- One aircraft cost to fly MD-902 cost $1,500.00 an hour
Population of the Navajo Nation is 350,000 over 27,000 sq miles
of Navajo nation is not connected to power or a water systems.
of adult populations with type 2 or prediabetes (CDC stats)