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Coronavirus: Irish Contribute to hard-hit Native Americans to Refund Potato Famine help

A crowdfunding effort to assist Native Americans hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic was bombarded with contributions from Ireland in remembrance of a centuries-old bond.

A GoFundMe site for Navajo and Hopi families influenced by COVID-19 had increased over $3.1 million ($2.85m) as of Friday, aided by tens of thousands of contributions from individuals with Irish surnames.

Lots of donors left comments saying that they were providing in remembrance of Native American help to Ireland during the Great Hunger of the 1840s.

“It is quite touching and only minds boggling. I checked with GoFundMe and they verified we had over 20,000 contributions from Ireland to our effort — amounting to over $670,000 in contributions,” Ethel Branch, that organized the design, informed Euronews at a live meeting.

The motive for those contributions stretches back to 1847 when members of the Choctaw tribe sent money to aid hungry Irish households throughout the potato famine.

After Naomi O’Leary, a journalist in The Irish Times pointed out about Twitter that today had been a chance for the Irish to repay this generosity, the effort abruptly picked up.

“It is just amazing, the fact that the Irish individuals have revealed to Navajo Nation,” Branch said.

O’Leary told Euronews she had been”thrilled” her converse helped, but many Irish people had made the connection donated to the effort before she shared it with her over 40,000 followers.

The actual driver, she stated, is that the”enduring gratitude for the aid that came from far off, from individuals who had little themselves.”

Native Americans one of the hardest hit

Navajo Nation, whose land stretches across 71,000 km round the countries of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, today has the third-highest per-capita disease rate from coronavirus from the USA, behind New York and New Jersey.

As stated by the Navajo Department of Health, there have been a total of 2,757 instances of COVID-19 with 88 supported deaths because of Thursday.

Approximately a third of Navajo Nation families do not have running water, which makes regular hand-washing hard, while crowded houses bringing together many generations under precisely the same roof can create social distancing almost impossible.

American Indian individuals also normally have high levels of diabetes and obesity, which places them at higher risks of complications from COVID-19.

The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund was purchasing water and food to the older, insecure and vulnerable individuals including unmarried parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and households that can not afford to stockpile food under lockdown.

“We do strive to provide two weeks’ worth of meals so people may self-isolate for a significant period,” Branch clarified.

She added that efforts were underway to create and distribute facemasks for folks to wear out in people throughout the reservation.

“So far, we’ve served over 3,000 households in more than 50 communities Navajo Nation and provided water and food to 5 of those 12 Hopi villages”