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She’s Going Door To Door With Light, And Older Navajos Have Never Seen Anything Like It

She has a respect for it handed down to her through countless Navajo generations, and she's using that faith to help her elders accept the gift of power from the sun.

She’s Going Door To Door With Light, And Older Navajos Have Never Seen Anything Like It

The Navajo have always considered the sun to be an important god.

In the beginning, Jóhonaa'éí joined with the female earth to create all life. "Jóhonaa'éí" is pronounced "jo-ho-nai-ay."


Adrian Manygoats is a modern Navajo woman who continues to hold the sun in the deepest respect, starting each day with a prayer to him. It drives her.

So Manygoats is on a mission.

Nearly half of the Navajo nation lives under the poverty line, with around 18,000 homes lacking electricity.

Many Navajo elders live off the grid, lighting their homes with dangerous and expensive kerosene.

Manygoats helped found the Navajo Women's Energy Project.

Their goal is to end the use of kerosene.

Working for Eagle Energy, a branch of nonprofit Elephant Energy, Manygoats visits as many of her elders as she can with an offer to install free rooftop solar panels for them.

At first, some elders aren't too sure about this.

Manygoats often finds that the elders' respect for the sun comes with a keen awareness of its awesome destructive power.

So she sits down with them, and they have a serious conversation about their shared faith. Once everyone agrees about how this all fits in with traditional beliefs, she and her team can get to work.

When the work is done, the homeowners are delighted to have power directly from Jóhonaa'éí. And for free. It's kind of unbelievable for them, really.

So far, Eagle Energy has installed solar panels on about 350 homes. It's a start.

Here's a heartwarming video about Manygoat's inspiring mission.

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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