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Humanitarian Missions Overlaid On Expanded Opportunities For Adventure Travel in India

Relief Riders International, the award-winning humanitarian-based adventure travel and voluntourism company, is extending its year-round adventure travel / sustainability programs in Rajasathan, India, to help meet the ongoing needs of the communities it serves. Relief Riders International is now taking reservations for  the Bikaner Relief Ride Feb. 2-16, 2013; and the Chanod Relief Ride Feb. 25-Mar.10, 2013.

The all-inclusive trip prices begin at $7,450 per person, double occupancy. Single room supplements start at $100.
Since 2004, Relief Riders International has helped both adults and children considered to be below poverty level in this region. The company organizes horseback riding adventures that combine a journey through remote areas while assisting in delivering life-changing medical, educational and food aid to those in need.  The rides since 2004 have taken place three times a year between November and March.
For the first time in 2012-2013, the rides will continue year-round. The new year-round programs will target early childhood care, offering access to regular healthcare check ups, treatments and medical referrals to pregnant women and disadvantaged children under the age of 6 in the slums of Jaipur. They will also focus on the empowerment of underprivileged young women in Rajasthan’s urban slums, helping them to overcome the obstacles of traditional gender roles and income disparities that have plagued this demographic for more than three decades. Additionally, RRI will continue their efforts of organizing much-needed dental and medical camps in rural areas throughout the year.
 “This announcement marks a significant first step on the path towards providing the desperately needed year-round services to those in need,” remarks RRI founder Alexander Souri. “We couldn’t have accomplished this without the tremendous hard work of our team and the unwavering support from our donors and Alumni Riders. It’s a truly exciting time to be a part of this organization, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work on a more consistent, sustainable basis.” RRI credits their strong partnership with Anubhooti Society for their continued ability to provide consistent support to the communities they serve.
Anubhooti Society is an NGO founded by Dr. Mahesh Arora (RRI’s Executive Medical Director), whose mission is to serve vulnerable people from underprivileged sections of society. About Relief Riders International Relief Riders International http://www.reliefridersinternational.com/ is a for-profit adventure travel company that leads relief missions on horseback through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India and the Cappadocia region of central Turkey.
 To date RRI is thought to be the only company in the world that offers a comprehensive relief mission on horseback designed to integrate the general public. In October 2010 RRI received the 2010 United Nations Positive Peace Award in the small business category. The award honors organizations positively impacting communities through corporate responsibility, showing excellence in the areas of self-regulation, employee relations, environmental stewardship and community involvement. For all participants the Relief Ride is a hands-on experience. Riders are directly involved in the set-up and management of its humanitarian programs.
 A special program for foreign medical professionals and doctors helps them to treat patients alongside RRI’s team of Indian doctors within the medical programs.  The financing for all programs comes directly from the fees paid for by riders who participate in each Relief Ride. Since its inaugural Relief Ride in 2004, RRI has performed 15 Relief missions, developed seven humanitarian/medical programs, and treated over 20,000 people of whom 15,600 were children. Relief Riders International works in association with the Indian Red Cross to research, design and expedite all of its medical programs in India. These are: Give the Gift of Sight:  Designed to eliminate blindness by offering free cataract surgeries to rural communities.
RRI provides an average of 100 free eye surgeries in addition to 600 day treatments per camp RRI Dental Camps: Patient to dentist ratio in India in 2005 was one dentist to 250,000 patients.  The RRI dental camp program directly addresses the lack of dental care in rural Rajasthan. Staffed by three dental surgeons and a technician, The RRI Dental camp program provides up to 500 treatments and 150 procedures per camp to villagers in rural communities. Free General Medical Camps: This program is the backbone of all of its programs as it serves to deliver much needed medical care, in addition to providing ongoing critical needs assessment data. Camps are staffed by Ophthalmologists, Ear Nose and Throat Specialists, Pediatricians, Dentists, Gynecologists and General Physicians who together treat an average of 600 villagers per camp for upper respiratory ailments, skin diseases, minor and major bacterial infections, gynecological issues and dental health Pediatric Camps: provide de-worming medication and an interactive health and hygiene discussion to 1500 children per trip.
 Educational Camps: provide 4-6 months worth of educational materials to 1500 school children per trip (educational camps include sporting equipment and brain games which help motivate kids to stay in school). Give a Goat Program: Addresses hunger by delivering goats to below poverty level families to create a sustainable food source. Families or individuals receiving these goats are given an opportunity for nutritional sustenance through milk and cheese, and the chance to produce income by selling their excess milk or cheese at local markets.
For more information about RRI: Call: 413) 329-5876 / Visit: www.reliefridersinternational.com / Email: info@reliefridersinternational.com
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