Pikangikum is a remote, rocky First Nations reserve in northwestern Ontario with a population of 2,330 people.
It had the highest suicide rate in the world in the year 2000.
After much reflection and study, it was determined that the first thing needed in the village was not more programs but basic infrastructure like clean water and waste removal.
The role of the Pikangikum Water Working Group is to:
- Work with the Chief and Council to identify the needs of the community
- Prepare specific project proposals to meet the needs
- Identify sources of funding to implement the project proposals
- Identify organizations that can implement the projects
- Monitor and report on the progress of the implementation of the project to ensure it meets the needs identified by Chief and Council and the funding organizations
The working group has finished 10 houses and expects to finish 18+ houses this spring. The houses will be fitted with sinks, indoor toilets, showers, and a cistern and waste removal system.
The plumbing, electric work and wood work is done while training local trades people, thus enabling them to work on the future homes and maintain existing infrastructure.
Donations can be made through pwrdf.org.
Items we collect for charity
- Campbell Soup labels
- used postage stamps
- non-perishable food
- used eyeglasses
- good, clean, used clothing
- pop-can tabs
- diapers and formula
- good, clean, used baby clothing & blankets