General Travel News

2010 UN NGO Peace Award finalist offers a life changing experience for the holiday season

Relief Riders International (RRI), an adventure travel company that leads relief missions on horseback through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India, has made the top 10 list of finalists for the 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards.

The award recognizes organizations that are contributing time and money to make a difference in the world through their support of local, national, and international NGOs and nonprofit organizations.

Other top 10 finalists include Canon, Hallmark, Delta Airlines, Honeywell International, Speed Gel, and Coors Central Beverages.


Though best known for organizing relief missions on horseback to some of India’s remotest desert communities, Relief Riders International has created a way for even stay-at-home volunteers to help fight hunger in these regions: the Give a Goat program.

Through the program, anyone can donate a live goat — whose milk and cheese provide a steady food source for dozens of villagers — for the nominal cost of US$75. According to UNICEF, 48 percent of children in India under the age of 5 are suffering from malnutrition. A single goat can go a long way to helping a family.

Though the donations can be made all year round, the holiday season, when RRI is gearing up for its annual relief rides (in December, January, and February) is an especially good time to give. It is during these relief rides that the donated goats are presented to villagers in Rajasthan.

“It’s extraordinary to see what a huge difference a single goat can make in these communities,” said RRI’s founder and executive director, Alexander Souri. “Each goat we deliver can produce enough food to feed a family. It’s very humbling to see how gratefully these gifts of sustenance are received.”

For those who would like to ring in the New Year by directly participating in the relief mission and personally hand over goats to people who can really use them for sustenance, more information can be found on the RRI website www.reliefridersinternational.com .

Relief Riders International’s award-winning relief rides combine adventure travel and humanitarian aid, and have been featured in magazines including Outside, Forbes, National Geographic Adventure, and O — The Oprah Magazine.

RRI brings together Indian medical staff with teams of riders — paying volunteer participants who ride rare Marwari horses through the Rajasthan desert - to bring much needed relief to isolated rural villages. Along the way, riders visit ancient temples and forts, spot exotic bird and animal life, and take part in traditional cultural celebrations; they stay in comfortable tented encampments and dine on freshly-prepared local cuisine.

The organization’s 2011 relief rides are scheduled for the following dates:

- December 28, 2010 — January 12, 2011
- January 25 — February 7, 2011
- February 23 — March 9, 2011

More General Travel News
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establishment of new low cost airline
Emirates touches down in Mexico City
Latest Travel News
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Emirates touches down in Mexico City...
Air Arabia named as Middle East and Afr...
Featured Sights To See
Arlington House

Arlington House

Washington DC, United States

Robert E Lee lived in this beautiful home set high on the hills overlooking the Potomac river. His home and part of his 1110 acre property were confiscated when his wife fled after he left to command the confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War. After the war, the family sued the federal government for reimbursement and received it. A fine blending of the styles of the Greek...

Schanzengraben

Schanzengraben

Zurich, Switzerland

The Schanzengraben is a canal that connects Lake Zurich to the Limmat, through the western end of central Zurich.  The canal was dug beginning in 1642 as a part of a new set of defensive fortifications necessitated by the Thirty Years War.  It was actually a moat, and the bridges across were wooden so they could easily be burned in times of trouble.  Originally, it ran along what is...

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau

Paris, France

Fontainebleau is a small city 55km southwest of Paris in the department of Seine-et-Marne.  It was once the Royal Court’s getaway, and now it is a popular weekend getaway for Parisians.  There is a lot to do in and around this picturesque city of 35,000.  The Fontainebleau Forest is a national park.  Spread over 280km², it is one of the most beautiful forests in Europe.  It attracts more than ...

Venice Oceanfront Walk

Venice Oceanfront Walk

Los Angeles, United States

The ocean front walk is a must visit for any first time tourist.  A bohemian hotspot, the walkway has stalls and stands selling sunglasses, Mexican blankets, and more random goodies.  You’re bound to see weight lifters, break dancers, jugglers, talking parrots and more.    Website: www.venicebeach.com ...