Carl Daikeler, a Board member of The Beachbody Foundation contributed $500,000 to the Lakota Tribe as part of the Lakota Pine Ride Project.
The Lakota Tribe in South Dakota suffers from rampant health issues — including obesity, depression, diabetes, high suicide rates, and alcoholism — in large part due to the contaminated ground water in their area. This donation is part of Beachbody’s mission to help people achieve their goals and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
The donation is in partnership with Mark Armfield of Armfield Design. The donation allows Armfield and his team to provide:
- Protective structures on existing homes, insulating, and sheltering existing homes from harsh elements
- Sustainable water by adding roof overhangs and large covered decks with rainwater harvesting ability.
- Sustainable community gardens to improve the Tribe’s health, irrigated with sustainable and clean water.
- Training and tools for the Lakota people to sustain and repeat the water harvesting solution, giving them a trade and allowing them to support themselves and their community.
Through this project the Lakota Tribe will be given a significant upgrade to their infrastructure and help the people obtain the tools and skills to be self-sufficient.