Raised of $2,459 goal.






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This campaign ended on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

What the situation is, and why it's important

Since the year 2000, over 2500 people have died while crossing the Arizona-Mexico border. Most of these deaths are caused by dehydration and exposure to the harsh desert environment. These people are crossing into the United States for an array of reasons. Some are fleeing violence & persecution, some are seeking economic opportunities, while others are just trying to reunite with family members.

A handful of humanitarian aid groups such as No More Deaths, Tucson Samaritans, and Humane Borders have organized to alleviate this death and suffering, but it's still not enough. 

Who we are

We are a group of students who have come together as part of a course taught by Dr. Scott Warren, who has extensive experience along the Arizona-Mexico border. The course explores the humanitarian crisis of the death and suffering of undocumented border-crossers.

What we're doing

We are traveling to the Arizona-Mexico border to provide humanitarian aid in the form of food, water, medical care, and other life-saving supplies. Not only will this directly impact the lives of people crossing the desert along the border, but it will also provide invaluable hands-on experience for all involved.   

The final stretch! 

  Published on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at 05:55 PM (MST)

Hello to team members and all our supporters,

We're happy to report that we have reached 116% of our fundraising goal! Again, thank you so much for your support of our efforts. We're putting our funds to work purchasing medical supplies, water, food, socks and other critical humanitarian aid supplies. We leave Friday for Ajo, where we will spend 4 consecutive days doing patrols in the desert. The days will be long and difficult, but your support bolsters our confidence and spirits while out on the trail.

Our fundraising campaign ends tomorrow night (Wednesday, Oct. 5), so any additional money we raise today and tomorrow goes to providing even more life-saving aid.

In service,

Desert Aid Crew, 2016

Gearing up for the desert! 

  Published on Friday, Sep. 30, 2016 at 10:39 PM (MST)

To all our supporters,

Your donations so far have put us above 70% of our fundraising goal! This puts us right on schedule to reach our goal by Wednesday. But there is still much work to be done.

Our class is now busy running logistics for the expedition, purchasing first aid supplies, water, and food, and assembling our first aid and vehicle kits for patrols. Several students have completed their Wilderness First Aid training, and this weekend we travel to Tucson to complete the Samaritans/No More Deaths humanitarian aid worker training. After this weekend our training will be complete, and then it's off to the border for several days of difficult work in the desert.

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our campaign and shared our project with your friends, family, and social networks. Please continue to help us reach our fundraising goal, raise awareness, and get water out to the people who need it most.

Desert Aid Crew, 2016

Our campaign is now live! 

  Published on Friday, Sep. 23, 2016 at 03:05 PM (MST)

Hello to our team and supporters!

Today we begin raising funds for our October humanitarian aid action on the border. Last year, we distributed close to 600 gallons of water, and our crew this year is planning to do the same. The number of people who attempt the crossing increases this time of year, but the weather remains hot and dry through October.

Watch our campaign video, check back for updates, and help spread the word about our work to your friends, family, and social networks.

Most importantly, though, please support our efforts to distribute life-saving humanitarian aid with a donation to our campaign.


Desert aid crew 2016

The Hilary Clinton Foundation

Gave $6.00

Julia Colbert

Gave $7.00

Ana Sanchez

Gave $10.00

The Donald Trump Foundation

Gave $10.00

Chris Wilson

Gave $10.00

Marsha and Kevin Casey

Gave $66.00

Marian Salutz

Gave $25.00

Dawn Ighodaro

Gave $20.00

Elizabeth Tellman

Gave $100.00

Henrik Nielsen

Gave $50.00

Ana Lopez

Gave $107.00

Ricky Singh

Gave $66.00

Ben Graff

Gave $50.00

Sanford Cipinko

Gave $107.00

Isabel Lopez

Gave $50.00

Anselma Castillo

Gave $25.00

Julie Ripplinger

Gave $100.00

Heather Tennant

Gave $50.00

Elizabeth Ridder

Gave $24.00

Susannah Brown

Gave $50.00

Nathan Colbert

Gave $10.00

Thomasina Dinehdeal

Gave $5.00

Katie Bellezza

Gave $107.00

Mark Klett

Gave $24.00

Ramanuj Mitra

Gave $50.00

Suzanne Ruggles

Gave $50.00

Kari Stupans

Gave $250.00

Derek Duran

Gave $12.00

Abbey Hawthorne

Gave $24.00

Kevin Evans

Gave $25.00

Jordan Smith

Gave $10.00

Victoria Wilson

Gave $66.00

Susan Mahalov

Gave $50.00

John Hess

Gave $50.00

Michael Kuby

Gave $24.00

David Hondula

Gave $107.00

marybeth anderson

Gave $107.00

Brandon Forman

Gave $100.00

Ashley Grill

Gave $10.00

Jeff Hruska

Gave $30.00

Alex Mosnick

Gave $40.00

Betsy Hanger

Gave $100.00

Melody Bechberger

Gave $100.00

Melissa Warren

Gave $100.00

Vivian Colbert

Gave $100.00

Mimi Bai

Gave $7.00

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Make an Impact

Care packages for 4 people

Give $24

A gift of 24 dollars could provide 4 life-saving care packages that include essentials like food, water, and socks.

Survival blankets

Give $66

A gift of $66 could provide 10 survival blankets to help people survive cold desert nights.

Pallet of water

Give $107

A gift of $107 could provide one pallet of water containing 180 gallons of crucial, life-saving water.