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South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation is about an hour southeast of Rapid City where Send Relief has partnered with the Chanku Waste Ranch (pronounced “wash-tay”). Through their ongoing ministry, we have the opportunity to give practical assistance, make personal connections, and share the gospel by showing mercy and compassion through hands-on engagement.
About Chanku Waste Ministries
The Chanku Waste Wellness Center (CWW) exists to provide dental, vision, and construction assistance to the Oglala Lakota indigenous people group. These basic services are often considered luxuries in this region because of a lack of staffing and resources. There are currently two dentists and one optometrist for the residents who are spread across the reservation, which spans a large portion of southern South Dakota. The availability of housing is also severely limited and many residents need upgrades and repairs to their current homes. All of these obstacles can directly affect both the physical and spiritual health of a person and their family. As an extension of Chanku Waste Ranch, and by way of dental care, vision care, and construction assistance, CWW pursues the core missions of “Meet, Proclaim, & Make” to revitalize the physical-spiritual health of our community. All of our efforts are in the hope of leading those in our circle of influence to the greatest physician and Savior of all time, Jesus Christ.
To learn more about the Chanku Waste Ranch and its ministry click here.
What will you do?
By assisting in light construction, we can give practical assistance, make personal connections, and share the gospel. We want to utilize your unique gifts and talents. If you are trained and licensed as a dentist or ophthalmologist/optometrist, we gladly welcome your professional skills. In South Dakota, you have the opportunity to impact the full scope of an individual’s well-being by helping them see clearly, smile brightly, and feel secure in their housing.
Trip cost: $270 per volunteer (transportation is not included)
Once you are registered, you will receive a series of emails with details regarding your event. We will equip you with the information you need to make your experience meaningful.
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