Feeding Families During The Pandemic
You can still help the people of Guatemala and let them know you care.
Food insecurity has increased significantly throughout Guatemala due to the Coronavirus pandemic. When the country shutdown in mid-March 2020 (when the first COVID-19 case was reported in Guatemala) regular commerce and movement were immediately shutdown by the Guatemalan Government in an effort to reduce community spread of the virus. As a result, simply overnight, many people found themselves without work and unable to feed their family. Keep reading …
Mission Trip Updates
Our 2021 mission team calendar has been set!
Now, more than ever, the people of Guatemala need healthcare teams to return but we will be doing so with protocols and processes in place to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
MISSION TEAM & EVENT CALENDAR
February 20 – 27 San Raymundo (clinic only)
March 13 – 20 Sarstún
March 28 – April 4
July 31 – Aug 7 San Raymundo
August 14 – 21 Sarstún
October 16 – 23 San Raymundo
December 4 – 11 Sarstún
Refuge International volunteers and supporters make a difference by building collaborative and sustainable programs among four important tenets.
Providing quality healthcare to
Breaking the cycle of poverty
through improved education.
Bringing sustainable, clean drinking
water to rural communities.
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AGENTS OF CHANGE
Refuge International volunteers are dedicated, compassionate and committed people.
We are grateful to those that give of their time and resources to make our mission possible.
Sue Gillette, RN
In 2018, Refuge International was fortunate to meet Sue Gillette, RN from Denver, CO. She attended a medical mission trip to Sarstun and traveled with a medical bag of supplies from our office. She inquired how we get these supplies and how she could help out, and she became our traveling nurse, picking up donated supplies...
Sue has helped Refuge not only by getting free medical supplies from facilities, but also by delivering them to our office in Longview, Texas. She has put many miles on her vehicle.
When we asked why she would travel from Denver to Grand Junction to East Texas, Sue replied: “The waste in our country is a treasure for the people of Guatemala! The need is great, and if you can save money and time procuring the equipment and supplies needed for a medical mission trip, you are helping these amazing people!”
Amanda Judd, NP
Amanda Judd, a nurse practitioner from Colorado, did not always intend to go into the field of medicine. While living in Mexico, pursuing an education in anthropology and sociology, she visited a Mayan village to interview its president. Upon hearing that he had a headache, she casually suggested he take some aspirin ...
to which he said, “we don’t have medicine in this town”. This came as a shock to Amanda, and after learning about and seeing more disparity in health services in the world, she soon knew she wanted to pivot her life’s path. She enrolled in nursing school in order to be able to provide the help she saw as dire in places around the world. Eventually became the nurse practitioner that she is today. She currently works in Kiowa, Colorado in a community health center, a job which gives her time... read more
Dr. Ben Mack
Dr. Ben Mack has volunteered with Refuge International on at least a dozen trips over the past few years. A dynamic and committed surgeon, Dr. Mack makes a significant difference in the livesof people in Longview and Guatemala. It is evident in casual conversation that he has a passion for service and a strong drive to make...
the world a better place through medicine and volunteering. As a family he, his wife, Julie, and their three children, Samuel, Samantha, and Madeline share these values.
Dr. Mack lives in Longview, Texas and has been a general surgeon for over twenty-eight years. He first began looking into service work after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He described it as a life changing experience to be among absolute poverty and destruction allowing him to... read more