Refuge International hopes to make a difference through collaborative and sustainable programs in whatever areas of the world there is a need. Our projects are focused primarily on basic healthcare, adequate nutrition, clean water and education.
Refuge International is a compassionate 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated to the goal of improving the lives of families and individuals through the collaborative development of sustainable programs in areas where healthcare, adequate nutrition, clean water and education are lacking or non-existent. Refuge International also provides opportunities for mentoring of students who wish to become involved in humanitarian efforts.
We believe all of humanity is of equal worth and should have their essential needs met without regard to culture, ideology or religion. When people reach out to meet a need, those who choose to help benefit as do those who are in need. Working within these basic tenets, we hope to improve the lives of all.
"Adios Lombrices!" project began March 7, 2007 in Guatemala. A project spearheaded by Refuge International volunteers aimed at ridding the children of worms in Guatemala.
For two pennies a dose, over 600,000 children received the first dose of medication. The overall cost of treating 4.5 million children, six different times is $800,000.00.
Guatemala has the highest illiteracy rate in all the Americas. Refuge International is working to improve the opportunity for learning.
Refuge International is currently working in remote areas of Guatemala where many of the people are subsistence farmers or fishermen and have little or no source of income. One of the ways we hope to help the people in these villages is by the purchase of items that the people can make using local materials.
Sarstun is located on the river between Belize and Guatemala. The "neighborhood road" is the river and the "highway" is the Gulf of Honduras. The nearest healthcare is two hours away by boat on the Gulf of Honduras. Refuge International has worked with other organizations to build a clinic so there is on-going preventative healthcare in Sarstun. This clinic will serve approximately 12,000 indigenous people in the area which includes portions of Guatemala and Belize. Refuge fully funds the hospital in Sarstun. About $3000 a month provides full time health care coverage year round.
The Saul (Asked) Project
As Refuge volunteers have worked throughout Guatemala, they have found many children who need extensive orthopedic surgery that cannot be performed in Guatemala due to lack of expertise.
Refuge International founded the Saul Project to work with the various governmental agencies and the specialists at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas to bring these children to the US for life-changing surgeries.
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