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.
Support TWU's Española Healing Foods Oasis
with Your End-of-Year Donation
For nearly 30 years, Tewa Women United has been working 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. We are a multicultural organization, founded and led by Native women, based in Española, New Mexico. Our service area covers the Pueblos/tribal nations and diverse rural and underserved communities located in northern New Mexico.
One of our primary projects is the Española Healing Foods Oasis, which broke ground in 2016 under the auspices of our Environmental Health and Justice Program. In the words of project coordinator Beata Tsosie-Pena: "The 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."
It is through nurturing our relationship to water that we can become open to the potential we all hold for creating beloved community in the healing context of our love of place. In this spirit, the Española Healing Foods Oasis:
-- serves as a model for rainwater harvesting in an urban setting
-- provides an outdoor educational space to teach Indigenous agriculture and reconnect with our native seeds, plants, and their uses
-- promotes language and cultural knowledge
-- increases access to healthy food
-- invokes our ability as land-based peoples to adapt to climate change
Thanks to the support of many of you who have donated to past Native Giving campaigns, the garden’s hardscape — which includes handrails for stone staircases, four stone benches, curvilinear bancos, and a shade pergola at the base of the slope — was recently completed. In early September 2017, the site hosted the second annual Regeneration Festival Española. Over the past two years, we’ve held 23 community educational and service days, with more than 500 people coming to the garden for those events.
As this year comes to a close, we once again invite your generosity as we raise funds for the completion of Phase III of the garden. The total funds needed for this phase are $15,000. We would like to raise at least $6,000 of that through this campaign. Your donation will help us to:
-- Build a community gathering/educational space on the lower level of the garden
-- Install signage and multi-lingual plant labels for the coming season
-- Host plant knowledge talking circles
--Seed native grasses and wildflower gardens to encourage pollinator and wildlife habitats and further land restoration
-- Plant more fruit trees
Teaching and learning together, we are already harvesting and distributing plant medicines and holding planting and harvesting workshops on traditional foods such as amaranth. The garden's participants also include community artists, weavers, permaculture practitioners, herbalists, healers, educators, seed savers and farmers.
Most importantly, the garden has become a space that members of this economically oppressed community are proud of, giving of their time and energy to help nurture. The Española Healing Foods Oasis reminds us that 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 growing beloved community and ensuring the well-being of current and future generations by making a tax-deductible donation to support the completion of the Española Healing Foods Oasis by December 31. Kuunda Woha!