WATERTOWN, CONNECTICUT, USA, July 9, 2019 – High school teacher David Dethlefs set off on the final leg of his philanthropic bike journey across the USA to raise awareness about volunteer
and funding opportunities to help Central American children and families living in extreme poverty. For 13 years David volunteered and chaperoned teenagers every summer through The GOD’S CHILD
Project, a charity providing critical humanitarian aid for the past 28 years in Guatemala and abroad.
David is a teacher at Taft, a prep school in Watertown, Connecticut. Last summer, he was preparing to bring a group of students who volunteered to build homes for families in need to Guatemala, as he had done 13 years before. Unfortunately, the trip had to be cancelled due to a US State Dept. reclassification.
But that wasn’t enough to deter David’s desire to help others. While some people might have used the sudden spare time to take a vacation – after all, the trip was set to take place during summer break – David decided to launch a campaign to bike across America to raise awareness and funds for the children helped by the charity The GOD’S CHILD Project. The organization runs specialized schools to help children who otherwise wouldn’t have education access, a hospital dedicated to malnourished children, clinics and shelters as well as building homes and distributing vital supplies to Guatemalan families in need.
David completed the first leg of the trip last summer, biking from Washington state to Fargo, North Dakota. This summer he will complete the second part of the trip by biking from Connecticut to Fargo, North Dakota once again. He plans to arrive in Fargo around August 1st.
You can support David’s mission and help raise money for children and families in Guatemala through David’s GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/going-for-a-bike-ride
A HISTORY OF GIVING
Connecticut’s Taft School has a long track record of charitable activity, including annual trips to Guatemala in service of The GOD’S CHILD Project.
Over the past decade, 134 Taft students have traveled to Guatemala with the help of 12 faculty members as chaperones. Together, they have built 39 homes for families in need – enough to shelter 200+ parents, grandparents and children. They also handed out food to the homeless, cared for suffering or abandoned children at Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children (www.CasaJackson.org), and much more in what the students describe as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You can read David’s touching and inspiring account of the school’s work with The GOD’S CHILD Project here: https://issuu.com/taftschool/docs/taftfall17issuu/52. You can also watch a video of Taft students’ previous service at https://vimeo.com/236424058.