The mission of Tewa Women United (TWU) is to provide safe spaces for Indigenous women to uncover the power, strength and skills they possess to become positive forces for social change in their families and communities.
Tewa Women was incorporated, specifically for the ending of all forms of violence against Native women and girls, Mother Earth and to promote peace in New Mexico.
Special Spring Fundraising Campaign
“The Española Healing Foods Oasis is part of our vision to end all forms of violence against
women, girls, and our Mother Earth. It’s facilitating our reconnection to the plants,
water, air, and all the elements.”
~Beata Tsosie-Peña, TWU Environmental Health and Justice Program Coordinator
From March 23 until April 30, 2017, our goal is to raise $5,000 through this Native Giving page for our Española Healing Foods Oasis project.
Española is a city that holds one of the most heartfelt, spiritual, land-based connections in northern New Mexico. Something very special is taking place in downtown Española, thanks to Tewa Women United and community members. This spring, they need your help to take the next step in creating an Española Healing Foods Oasis.
The Española Healing Foods Oasis (EHFO) is a multi-year project under the auspices of Tewa Women United’s Environmental Health and Justice Program. The EHFO is transforming a formerly barren slope in the city’s Valdez Park into a community gathering and educational space that provides seasonal food, native medicinal herbs, and accessible pathways, while capturing and harvesting precious rainwater. The EHFO also serves as a demonstration garden, utilizing traditional dry-land farming techniques and permaculture principles.
Your donations in 2016 enabled us to complete Phase 2 of the project. Thanks to your support we have been able to hardscape garden pathways, install steps to make the levels of the garden accessible, and hold 11 community workshops and planting days. This spring, we will finish installing tri-lingual plant labels throughout the garden in Tewa, Spanish, and English. Most importantly, the EHFO has become a space that community members are proud of, and they’re giving their time to help it grow.
This spring we invite you to help us raise at least $5,000 on this page, toward a total of $35,000 that is needed to cover construction, materials, and labor for building retaining walls and bancos throughout the garden. This is a key design element that will make it possible for us to continue planting this year, as well as provide seating and aesthetic beauty for visitors to the garden. The walls and bancos also pave the way for us to install a sub-surface drip system for further water conservation, more fruit trees, and pollinator gardens. We are reaching out to a number of local businesses, organizations and individuals to raise this amount. Can you help us meet this goal?
The Española Healing Foods Oasis is helping us tell our own stories about Española, because all too often our truths can be obscured by the challenges of living in an area with deep economic disparities. Our stories come from a community rich in strong traditions and deep roots, a community that values working together and supporting one another.
Please join us in this journey of linking tradition with technology, and helping our community nurture the land-based resiliency and strengths we possess to ensure the well-being of current and future generations. Thank you for your support!