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The Academy Award-winning documentary Broken Rainbow inspired the non-profit Broken Rainbow. Katherine Smith of Big Mountain, Arizona was featured in the movie depicting the relocation of Navajo from their traditional homeland. Today, numerous families in remote areas of the Navajo reservation live without running water, electricity, and other necessities of life. The intent of our fundraising is to provide families with water, food, clothing, blankets, etc., things most people take for granted.

In partnership with Sedona Water Works, we have delivered 5-gallon jugs of drinking water to families on the Navajo reservation. Many people do not have reliable vehicles or monetary resources to haul water and food to their homes. We specifically help the elderly who live many miles from paved roads. Your donation helps with expenses related to delivering essential items.

Without access to running water and transportation to a laundromat, clean clothing and bedding are luxuries many do not have. We deliver donated items to individual homes using donations to pay for the fuel necessary to get to these families. We use several 4X4 trucks to drive the many miles on single-lane dirt roads riddled with potholes or nearly washed out by recent flooding. Your donation allows us to purchase fuel, 5 gallon water jugs and other necessities not donated.

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Monument Valley Horses

Grandma Katherine Smith

Delivering drinking water to a Navajo family who have no running water.

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