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Join us for New Year's 2010 in The Rann on what promises to be unforgettable experience
Interested in the business aspect of our relief work? Check out Judy Martin’s article featured in the March/April issue of Motto Magazine.
|June 28, 2009
I would like to personally thank all of you for your kind messages of support as we worked to launch Relief Workers International.
After 4 years of conducting innovative humanitarian expeditions on horseback, we were delighted to go back to the drawing board to create a different humanitarian travel experience that required no riding skills.
Building on our prior success, we designed our Relief Workers trip to radiate out from a central point allowing time each day for us to integrate, reflect and breathe in the beauty of our whole experience.
As all of you may remember the attacks on Mumbai last November made us face the very real choice of cancelling our inaugural trip. Transcending our fears and deciding to continue was grounded in our willingness to expand and reach out to others in the hope of overcoming this overwhelmingly tragic incident.
The decision to move forward was met with a host of magical meetings and miraculous experiences serving to help overcome our collective grief.
The beauty of this experience was witnessing the numerous communities come together for a common purpose with no other agenda than to help people; a humbling reminder of the power of showing up, reaching out and assisting others wherever we might find ourselves.
Please click here to view a beautiful slideshow of Relief Workers International’s inaugural trip in Gujarat.
Reaching out with RWI'S Humanitarian Programs:
We were thrilled to be able to serve 2600 villagers through our humanitarian programs. Our medical camps at both the ancient village of Zinzuwada and the Salt mining town of Kharagodha proved efficient as we offered 1000 villagers treatments in two days.
An afternoon, impromptu mini mobile medical camp for the semi-nomadic Mir community living by the side of the road in Dasada, allowed us to treat 70 villagers, 50 of whom were children.
Nothing is more heartwarming than the joyful and colorful receptions we received from the 1500 children in our Pediatric and Educational camps held at local schools. With their bright eyes and touching smiles, they embraced us in their excitement and curiosity.
After 5 years of being involved in these programs, nothing is clearer to me than realizing the impact each one of us can have by simply showing up and reaching out.
Empowering communities in Gujarat
INTAS Biopharma executives not only provided most of the medications free of charge, they came to experience first-hand the human impact of their actions at our medical camp in Kharagodha. This prompted the young INTAS Executives to move towards the possibility of having them continue our Pediatric and Educational programs throughout the year.
Serenity in the Rann of the Kutch
Our sunrise meditations, Yoga sessions and overnight camp under the expansive desert sky opened us to deeply embrace our own sense of peace. Bringing these experiences into our humanitarian programs served to heighten our feelings of connection to those we met and gratitude for the opportunity to help others
Relief Workers International New Year’s trip
Relief Riders International offers exciting new Relief Rides in 2010
We are pleased to announce that Relief Riders International is offering two exciting new Relief Rides this winter. We have found an outfitter who is delighted to be working with Relief Riders International and will be providing excellent Marwari horses.
These Relief Rides will be taking place in semi-mountainous and desert terrain close to Udaipur and Jodhpur in Southern Rajasthan.
January 2010 Rajasthan Relief Ride: January 18th through February 2nd, 2010
February 2010 Rajasthan Relief Ride: February 20th through March 8th, 2010
Please understand that we have not offered Relief Rides since 2008 and meanwhile have had a lot of interest.
Expect to receive a Relief Riders International newsletter with more details.
We hope you will join us either in The Rann or horseback through Thar Desert in India this winter.
Founder and Executive Director