Mountaintop Project Hope
When current pandemic attacked this country, some people close to Navajo Nation realized immediately that the issue will be more serious there. Pastor Holgate was one them, and he recognized that remote, rural communities may be hit hard. He got to work immediately and has organized few dozen trips already, along with volunteers from his church, delivering food, water and groceries to the community in need. On average, close to three tons of non-perishables were delivered roughly every two weeks.
- When the novel coronavirus invaded the land, Flagstaff, Arizona, pastor Jackie Holgate knew it could become more problematic for Navajo Nation than the general population.
- Roughly 40 percent of the population lacks access to electricity or indoor plumbing. Multigenerational families densely living under the same roof is common.
- Holgate knew he needed to make a long-term commitment, and thus launched Mountaintop Project Hope.
“So for the past seven months, Holgate has organized forays to 30 communities on the reservation to deliver nonperishable groceries, bottled water, cleaning supplies, paper products, and other essentials as a lifeline. Most of the small towns in Navajo Nation remain on lockdown from Friday nights to Monday mornings.”