Alexander Souri - Founder Of Relief Riders International Which Leads Humanitarian Relief Missions On Horseback In India, Turkey And Ecuador
Alexander Souri is the founder of Relief Riders International, a humanitarian based expedition company that leads medical and social care relief missions - on horseback - in rural villages in India, Turkey and Ecuador. And they’ve been doing this since 2004. Relief Riders has provided free care to more than 30,000 patients including 19,000 children. They’ve been awarded the United Nations Positive Peace Award. Alexander discusses forming the organization, the challenges and logistics of their work, and their appeal as the ultimate tourist expedition.
My featured song in this episode is “Riding The Berks”. Spotify link here.
Alexander and I discuss:
- His start in the movie business
- His dual background: Indian and French
- Living in India
- The Mawari horses of India
- Creating Relief Riders
- Getting the Red Cross involved
- First ride in 2004
- Explanation of the relief camps
- Funding the company through ride fees
- Camel caravan
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