Welcome! I am Mike Duffy and I am so thankful you are here. I appreciate your time and support.
For those of you who do not know me, I am from the small town of Pequannock, NJ and a recent graduate of Marist College in 2015. While studying in my freshman year I was blessed with the opportunity to work with the Marist community at a center in Merida, Mexico. Throughout the week we helped develop the facilities and worked with the care of and projects for the children. This time spent in Merida has completely reconfigured my understanding of life and the world that we live in. Up until that point I understood life as only what I have grown up to experience without fully recognizing the way of life for so many in this world.
Growing up I have been fortunate enough to have been blessed with the basic necessities of water, food, shelter, education and health. It is so common and normal to our way of life that it is difficult to imagine life without it. From my experience with the Marist community I came to realize that the necessities that we are accustomed to in our daily lives are in need for so many lives in this world. Despite the differences in the circumstances of life, these children were glowing with joy and radiating with gratitude. I have never been so full of life than when surrounded by these children. Their joy for life and appreciation for the basic necessities that bring life - food, water, shelter, education- has left an everlasting imprint on my heart ever since.
We live in a tremendous world with our technology developing faster than we can comprehend and our lives becoming more convenient with the passing day. Many of us are truly blessed beyond what we can see. But there are many people living on this same planet of ours who are need of the simple things that we take for granted every day. A large scale problem with very practical solutions is the world's water crisis. The access of potable fresh water should be a right to every human being and is a true devastating problem we are faced with in the world today. We, together, can change this.
I have decided to take an extended period of time to pursue personal ambitions and answer the callings in my heart. Through this journey I hope that we as a community may bring the positive change to many lives by bringing fresh drinking water into communities. I am a man of adventure, in love with nature with a desire to explore beyond my comfort zone. I look forward to the awesome journey ahead.
With a heart of Love and Appreciation, I thank you for your support.
Hi there! My name is John Herman and I would like to thank you for the taking the time to check out our page and learn more about our trek.
For just about as long as I can remember I have had a nagging feeling that I was put on this earth to help others, and for just about as long as I can remember I have been doing everything I can to suppress that feeling. I did everything I could to lead the ‘normal’ life that was expected of me and did not do much to disrupt the status quo. After a couple of years of feeling incredibly dissatisfied with the work I was doing I finally reached a breaking point, and realized I had to do something more. The timing could not have been better as this coincided with my good friend Michael Duffy preparing this trip, and only further solidified in my mind that this was God’s plan for me all along.
Something that has always bothered me in this world we live in is that despite rapidly improving technology we have yet to solve the problem of making basic human necessities accessible to everyone. I have vivid memories of learning about the in access to freshwater and the obstacles that so many in this world need to endure every day to receive water. The has always stuck with me, but it would be some time until I fully comprehended the magnitude of the problem. . Now that it is finally time for me to have a positive impact on this world, it was easy to decide that this was the cause with which I would start.
I’d like to thank my family and friends for their endless amounts of love and support I have received throughout my life. I love each and every one of you and have been blessed to have you all in my life, and I hope you will all follow along with me as I write the next chapter in my life. I could not be more excited for the journey that lies before me.