When traveling, we like to volunteer and support organizations we believe in. So far, in Coban, Guatemala, we spent some time helping out at the orphanage Mision Vida Nueva building a fence around the property. Mision Vida Nueva has come a long way in the last couple years, but they could still use your support.
Later on in the trip, in Panama, we came across the Alouatta Lodge. It a sanctuary and rehabilitation center for monkeys that have been mistreated. We couldn’t volunteer at that time, but please check out their site and support the cause.
While we were in Peru we spent some time in Iquitos. There, we volunteered at the People of Peru Project. They provide medical and dental help to many difficult to reach places up in the Amazon and provide a housing and education to those who very likely would never have such an opportunity without their help. We painted, dug trenches, and carried things for them for a while.
Now, we are riding to raise awareness and money for Task Force Dagger. This is TFD’s mission statement:
Task Force Dagger Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) members and their families. We respond to urgent needs, conduct Recreational Therapy Adaptive Events, and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members. We are a rally point to combat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and environmental exposures. Our cohesive programs enable families to seize the moment and live life.
This is near and dear to our hearts because Aaron was a member of the 1st of the 75th Ranger Battalion. Later, after being medically separated, he personally experienced and witnessed the unique struggles that his special operations brothers dealt with in navigating their current health care options. We believe that those who dedicate their lives and commit themselves to the highest standards deserve the same when they return home.
If you’re able to help by donating, you can here.