Meet the Doppenbergs!
The DIG began with a family, the Doppenberg Family, Geoff, Rita, Zack, Luke and Gabe many years ago. Following their hearts, they began their foray into humanitarianism many years ago by aiding in the rebuilding of Gulfport, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina for 5 years. Later they found themselves in Kenai, Alaska with Habitat for Humanity as well as many local outreach programs run through various Churches and the local municipality of the Niagara Region of Canada. Nothing seemed to ﬁt with them until they went to Guatemala 4 years ago.
Previously they owned a successful contracting company in Canada for over 15 years. Geoff grew up in an agricultural family and has extensive knowledge not only in the areas of construction and contracting but also managerial issues that surround running a successful organization. Rita is a Holistic Nutritionist with a background in ﬁnance and agriculture as well. The DIG hosts volunteers of all ages and skills-sets and to date the mission in Guatemala has hosted over 200 volunteers in the past 3 years. They employ no staff and their mission is run totally on a volunteer basis, completely funded by donations.
The DIG is run by the Doppenberg Family under the umbrella of ‘Commission to Every Nation’, a Canada/ USA nonproﬁt sending organization. (Note: Commission to Every Nation is a sending organization, formed in 1994, that allows humanitarians the ability to ‘go and do’ rather than worry about the responsibilities involved with starting their own labour non-proﬁt. We stand by, support, audit and facilitate sub-organizations like the DIG, run by the Doppenberg Family to allow them to do what they need and give donors piece of mind that money is going where there is need.)
The DIG, alongside volunteers from both North America and Guatemala serve the people of Guatemala, more specifically the Indigenous Mayans, with a direct focus upon nutrition, health, personal empowerment and sustainability
Our mission is two-fold: To work toward abolishing malnourishment in Guatemala by addressing immediate need and then helping people become self-sustaining through education and empowerment. To work together with people in North America to empower their hearts & minds for service in developing nations so together we can make this world a better place.
We were also honoured to be recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.