Refuge International

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

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Doctors from Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview in GuatemalaOn March 9, four internal medicine residency doctors and a dietitian from Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview arrived in southern Guatemala to treat patients whom one of the travelers called among the poorest of the poor.

The patients came from homes with no electricity, no access to clean water and virtually no access to the level of health care technology that North Americans take for granted — but they expressed a happiness and compassion that the residents say pierced them professionally and personally.

Read more at the Longview News-Journal

We asked volunteers from our 2018 mission trips to submit photos that they felt best captured the perfect moments during their service week and we were so inspired by the entries we received. We’re excited to announce the contest winners:

  • First place: Anita Royal (CRNA), San Raymundo, August
  • Second place: Anita Royal (CRNA), San Raymundo, August
  • Third place: Patty Stephens (PA Student), Sarstun, March

Refuge International is excited to announce the appointment of Tiffany Egbe, MD and Jose Sanchez, JD, MPA to the Refuge International Board of Directors.

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image001Refuge International is excited to announce the appointment of Carroll Greenwaldt as president to the Board of Directors. Carroll has actively served on the Board for over 3 years and is a longtime member of the Refuge International family. He has been instrumental in building upon our work in the Petén region helping build a collaborative relationship between Refuge, Rotary International and the National Hospital in San Benito.

“From my earliest trip to Sarstún in 2008, I have been “hooked.” I know that we will grow and strengthen Refuge, building on the solid foundation that Deborah Bell and so many others have laid,” Carroll commented to the Board.

Pediatric hospital roomOne of the ways Refuge International works to improve healthcare in Guatemala is by bridging relationships between local providers and other organizations looking to provide resources and support in developing countries.

Last year, a Refuge International team went to the Petén, and with them went Dee Bandel and JoAnn Parkman, members of the Paris United Rotary Club. During a tour of the national hospital, they noted that the Pediatric Medicine area was one large, hot room shared by all the sick children and their parents. Those with bacterial infections were infecting those with viral infections.

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.

Kimberly JohnsonRefuge International is excited to welcome Kimberly Johnson as our full-time, in-country team leader. Kimberly will be based in San Raymundo, Guatemala and will manage all Refuge International mission teams, volunteer communications and clinic inventories, as well as aiding with our fund development initiatives and marketing efforts.