Refuge International hopes to make a difference through collaborative and sustainable programs in areas of the world where there is a need. For now, our efforts are concentrated in Guatemala and focused primarily on basic healthcare, adequate nutrition, clean water and education. We also serve the homeless population here in Longview by providing a monthly healthcare clinic.
Our volunteers and donors have changed the lives of thousands. From regular check-ups and preventative medicines to performing life-saving surgeries, our medical teams have given new hope to the people of Guatemala. We've brought dentists, chiropractors and technicians to their communities. We've built schools, trained nurses and local practitioners, dug water wells and distributed water filters. Not to mention treating millions of children for worms and parasites. But our work is just getting started. The need is great and our passion even greater. Join us and together we can make a real difference in the lives of others.
Medical Mission Trips
Refuge International works with local organizations to provide basic medical and surgical care where needed. In Guatemala, Refuge International holds clinics in three hospitals, providing medical and surgical care to many thousands of people considered to be some of the poorest of the poor globally.
Through the development of safe and adequate water supplies, our organization hopes to improve the health of people in Guatemala. These water wells are sustainable by local residents, so there will be clean water even after we are gone.
Adios Lombrices! (Goodbye Worms!)
Refuge International's goal of deworming children will benefit the overall health of those treated. Intestinal worms flourish in malnourished children and these parasites prevent the absorption of nutrients children need to grow up strong and healthy. By ridding children of parasites, the food they are given can be more readily utilized to grow and fight off childhood illnesses.
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 United States for life-changing surgeries.
Hiway 80 Rescue Mission
Close to home, Refuge volunteers regularly offer health care services to homeless residents of Longview.
In Guatemala, 50% of children under the age of 5 suffer stunted growth due to improper nutrition. Malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and parasitic worms all contribute to this major health burden in Guatemala. Refuge is working to combat this issue through our feeding and vitamin programs.
Guatemala has the highest illiteracy rate in all the Americas. Through support of existing education programs, Refuge hopes to improve the level of education in Guatemala. By supporting schools and teaching staff and collecting and shipping much-needed school supplies to the remote areas we serve, more children are able to obtain their education closer to home.