It’s hard to believe that half the year is over. I’m about ready for a vacation, but for me, laying on a beach is just not my cup of tea, I like to go on adventures that make me feel drained and exhausted at the end of my trip rather than rested and relaxed. I think I’ve found an interesting opportunity through Relief Riders International.
Relief Riders International founded by Alexander Souri in 2004 is an adventure travel company offering horseback journeys through remote areas to provide humanitarian aid to locals. The organization started their own non-profit division in 2008 called Relief Workers International to fundraise for the relief mission programs.
Guests on each expedition spend 15 nights and 16 days travelling through the Thar Dessert in Rajasthan with time spent sightseeing in Jaipur and Delhi. Through this combination of adventure travel with delivering medical care, educational supplies and even livestock to those living below poverty, participants on each journey treat an average of 2500 people. The itinerary is packed as the Riders treat hundreds at each medical camp visited and equal numbers through the organization’s mobile eye surgery camp, which even offers free eye surgery to those in need. The travellers also visit schools reaching 1200 children and on each trip 65 families are delivered goats. For more details on the humanitarian efforts of Relief Riders International, click here.
Since 2004, nearly 19,000 people in India, Rajasthan, have been helped through Relief Riders International, with iternaries introduced to the Cappadocia region of Turkey in 2011. In 2010, the organization was awarded the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award for its outstanding leadership in combining adventure travel with humanitarian aid.
Check out the Relief Rides the organization has planned for 2012-2013 here. If you can’t join a ride but would like to support their efforts, donations can be made here – $85 can provide cataract surgery for someone in need while $100 provides a free goat to a family in Rajasthan.
Thank you Relief Riders International for making our world wonderful.
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