Refuge International

Improving lives through healthcare, nutrition, clean water, and education.

Save the Dates!

Auction gavelFarm & Ranch Equipment Auction Fundraiser
Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20, 2018

golf ball15th Annual Refuge Roundup Golf Tournament
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bike silhouetted against the sun7th Annual Chainge the World Bike Ride
Saturday, September 15, 2018

About Refuge International

Volunteers making hearts with their handsRefuge International makes a difference through collaborative and sustainable programs. Our projects focus primarily on basic healthcare, adequate nutrition, clean water, and education.

How You Can Help

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Latest News

Introducing a New Board Member: Leslie Goudarzi

Leslie GoudarziRefuge International is excited to welcome Leslie Goudarzi, MS, RD, LD, CNSC to our board of directors.

Leslie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1993 and 1995 respectively.

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A New Leg for Abner

Abner CordovaMeet Abner Cordova of Santa Cruz El Chol, Guatemala – a bright 7-year-old boy with an infectious smile!

Abner lost his left leg to osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. Oral chemotherapy has kept the cancer at bay, but a prosthetic leg is a financial impossibility for the Cordova family.

We need your help to give this clever, energetic little boy a new lease on life!

Learn more...

Upcoming Trips

July 7-14, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission
Designated flight

July 28-August 4, 2018 (student slots full)
San Raymundo Medical Mission
Designated flight

August 11-18, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission

October 20-27, 2018 (student slots full)
San Raymundo Medical Mission

November 10-17, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission

December 8-15, 2018 (student slots full)
Sarstun Medical Mission

February 16-23, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

March 9-16, 2019
Chocola Medical Mission

March 23-30, 2019 (student slots full)

Sarstun Medical Mission

April 6-13, 2019
Petén Medical Mission

Women’s Health Jornada
May 11-18, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

Orthopedic Team
May 19-25, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

July 13-20, 2019
Chocola Medical Mission

August 3-10, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

August 24-31, 2019
Sarstun Medical Mission

October 19-26, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

November 9-16, 2019
Chocola Medical Mission

December 7-14, 2019
Sarstun Medical Mission

Change is not something to simply wish or wait for. Real change requires intent and action.

Refuge International is an organization comprised of dedicated, compassionate volunteers committed to making real change happen in the lives of those who need it most. Through lifesaving medical mission trips, supporting schools and educational programs and vital clean water projects we are turning the tide on poverty for people living in rural Guatemala villages. And, right here in East Texas, our volunteers provide medical assistance to homeless individuals at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. Join us in our mission to help build a brighter future for others.

A Lesson In Change

Among hundreds of people waiting to visit with Mahatma Gandhi in the 1930's were a mother and her young son. When it was their turn, the woman asked Gandhi to speak with her son about the excessive amounts of sugar the boy ate. Gandhi asked her to return with her son in two weeks and he would talk to the boy then. Unsure as to why Gandhi didn't just speak to the boy at that moment, she nodded and complied with his request. In two weeks, the mother returned with her son. After waiting a few hours to meet with him again, she repeated her initial request. Gandhi immediately spoke with the boy, who agreed to begin working to eliminate sweets. After thanking Gandhi for his wise and compassionate words, the mother asked him why he didn't just offer his advice the first time. Gandhi replied, "Upon your visit two weeks ago, I too was eating sugar." He explained that he could not speak of, or teach, her son to not eat sugar if he had not taken that journey himself.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”