Help us get to Guatemala for volunteer work

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Thanks so much for all of the contributions. We have now made the trip to Guatemala and it was fantastic meeting with Max and others from RIOS Guatemala. The page remains active (only because I don't know how to cancel it!) but we are not expecting any further donations and will not offer any rewards. If you want to find out more about RIOS Guatemala or donate to the cause, please visit their website at www.riosguatemala.com.

Thanks,
Neil and Lacey January 2014

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This coming January (2014) we have the incredible opportunity to volunteer in Guatemala where we will be re-united with some great Guatemalans that saved our lives, literally, when we were last down there. We also will be able to contribute to the initial stages of an incredible Guatemalan association that is being formed by our Guatemalan friends.

Associacion RIOS Guatemala (ARG) fosters the enjoyment, preservation and restoration of Guatemala's wild river ecosystems primarily through sponsoring responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well being of the local people. Our Guatemalan friend Max, the visionary and driving force behind ARG, has invited us down to help him bring his dream into reality.

Through our website and blogs, we will share our adventures to generate interest in ecotourism in Guatemala and raise awareness about the environmental, societal, and economic value of the wild rivers of Guatemala and the threats facing these rivers and the communities that live along them from hydroelectric, mining, and other interests.

You can follow us on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/neil.nikirk) and ( https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/lacey.anderson.75470) or check in with our blogs at www.golightoutdoors.com and www.nocoolers.com

The only drawback to this plan is funding! To participate, we have to make our way down to Guatemala and be prepared to stay for at least a month. We plan on driving down with our truck and living in it at the base camp. For us, the distance is over 2500 miles and that will take a lot of fuel; not to mention the food required to feed us along the way and while in Guatemala. Our goal is to raise $1500 to help cover the cost of travel. All funding through this website will be used solely to offset our travel costs to Guatemala (and back).

We thank you for any amount you can contribute.
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Update 23
Posted by Neil Nikirk
39 months ago
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We appreciate your continued personal support of Lacey and I through GoFundMe.

If you would like to support RIOS Guatemala directly, (i) make your donations by check payable to Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund, Inc; (ii) donations should be sent directly to Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund at PO Box 3636, Tequesta FL 33469; and (iii) specifying that the donation is designated for the RIOS Guatemala Project. Donors are advised that Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund is a tax exempt non-profit organization, therefore, donations are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue code.
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Update 22
Posted by Neil Nikirk
40 months ago
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We had a very productive meeting with the principals of RIOS Guatemala (USA), Ak´Tenamit, and villagers in Se Acacar. RIOS will be funding scholarships for 4 students from Se Acacar to attend Ak' Tenamit to complete their education, including sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. We even attended the graduation ceremony for Ak' Tenemit!

We also learned more about the RIOS goal of having an Ak' Tenamit student intern or graduate work with the Q'eqchi villagers in Se Acacar to analyze the area and determine its suitability for preservation, restoration, alternative agriculture, and ecotourism initiatives.

We were privileged to spend some time with Max from Associacion RIOS Guatemala (ARG) and learn more about the exciting projects ARG is currently working on and the association's plans for the future. We hope to be able to return to Guatemala in the future when we can contribute more to their efforts.

Thanks to everyone that donated and we will send out a more formal "report" on the meetings in Guatemala to our supporters in the future.
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Update 21
Posted by Neil Nikirk
41 months ago
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Now on our way to Guatemala from Mexico City! We will be meeting with the principals of RIOS Guatemala and Ak´Tenamit to learn more about their collaboration and make plans for the future. Thanks so much for helping us meet our goal(s) for funding travel to Guatemala. Any additional contributions will be directed to RIOS Guatemala to help fund their initiative to to pay for an Ak' Tenamit student intern or graduate to work with the Q'eqchi villagers in Seacacar to analyze the area and determine its suitability for preservation, restoration, alternative agriculture, and ecotourism initiatives.
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Update 20
Posted by Neil Nikirk
41 months ago
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Wow, the generosity of friends and family! Since the last update, some HUGE contributions (well, huge to us!) have come in and we appreciate them very much. Thanks to everyone that has supported us on our journey towards Guatemala!
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$2,875 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 28 people in 54 months
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Created October 10, 2012
TH
$50
TJ Hittle
39 months ago

Buena suerte amigos.

SB
$25
Scott Bittinger
39 months ago
MN
$300
Marva & Denny Nikirk
39 months ago

Wish I could wake up Christmas morning and find you in my Stocking. Feliz Navidad and all our love Mom and Dad

$450
Anonymous
41 months ago
$500
Brent Bevard
42 months ago

Tear it up Guys

CS
$25
Chuck Seidler
44 months ago

Enjoy the adventure my friends. I am so happy to see the work you're doing for remote rivers!!

BP
$25
Bruce Peterson
44 months ago

Have fun and good luck.

$525
Anonymous
44 months ago
$25
Steve Menicucci
44 months ago

Getting closer Neil and Lacey. Best wishes on this great endeavor!

$25
Brooke Anderson
44 months ago

Happy Birthday, Mom! I meant to do this yesterday, and then got distracted. . . I'm looking forward to your visit.

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