A note from Seva's Executive Director about COVID-19
My Dellyn Chinana. I'm from Jemez Pueblo. I'm in the Vision Care Technology program. I actually wanted to major in this field since I was a little kid.
With Seva's help, Dellyn will be the first eye care professional in the Jemez Pueblo to serve her community in their native language.
[Towa] My Indian name is Little Basket, from the Corn Clan.
Towa is my major language fluently spoken at home and around the pueblo.
Nearly 2,000 people speak Towa in the Jemez Pueblo of New Mexico. But no eye care services are available in Towa.
Dellyn and her goal is to return back home and to work in the healthcare system in Jemez Pueblo.
None of the people that work in the ophthalmic field speak Towa. Towa is mainly the reason why I want to go back, because I know I can speak it fluently and actually help out my people with their vision, and just speaking to them fluently in Towa.
Dellyn's commitment to her community will help those who speak Towa, especially elders, have better access to eye care.
She's very much into community outreach, and being able to speak her language and to show the health prevention within her community is going to be a great addition to the Jemez Pueblo people.
They need to feel comfortable with someone that they can talk to in their own language, and respecting our elders is the most important thing for me.
Seva's American Indian Sight Initiative focuses on the most common and treatable eye health issues found in American Indian communities. We work with our partners to increase access to eye screenings, eyeglasses, and eye care.
JoVonna Rosetta grew up on the Santo Domingo Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. After losing her glasses halfway through high school, she was unable to cover the cost of a new pair. Without glasses, JoVonna's grades suffered. "I was sitting in the front row and still couldn't see the board," she laughs, recalling her teacher's solution to sit next to a classmate who takes good notes.
Santa Fe Public Radio recently interviewed Seva's Executive Director, Jack Blanks, about the launch of our new American Indian Sight Initiative. The podcast of this interview is available online and we invite you to learn more about this exciting new initiative serving Native American communities throughout New Mexico.
For over 30 years, Seva and our donors have been committed to improving the health and wellbeing of American Indian communities throughout the United States.
For over 30 years, Seva Foundation's Native American program has been providing support to Native American communities. This year, we are proud to announce the launch of a new focus, the American Indian Sight Initiative, a U.S. based program focused on addressing vision needs among Native Americans.
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