Help us get to Guatemala for volunteer work
$2,875 of $2,500 goal
Neil and Lacey January 2014
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.
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.
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.