Refuge International

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


Ways to Help

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

Since 2003, Refuge International has been serving in Guatemala, and while so much has been done, there is still much to do.

We are dedicated, compassionate and committed. Each year, the Refuge International community is grateful to those that give of their time and resources to make our mission possible.

Please consider joining an upcoming trip or making a valuable financial contribution so that we may continue changing the lives of so many others.

Support a Specific Mission Trip

We ask our mission trip volunteers to help raise funds to defray the costs of supplies, medications, vitamins, education, and other needs. You can donate toward an upcoming trip here - you'll have a chance to list the name of a volunteer as the honoree of your donation.

Current Project Fundraising Goals

ProjectAnnual Goal
Adiós Lombrices $45,000
The Saul Project $10,000
Clean Water $40,000
Sarstún Clinic $60,000
Sarstún Teaching Staff $12,000
Meli Scholarship $10,000

Recurring Donations

A little goes a long way. Consider setting up a recurring donation of $5 per month and in just one year you would provide enough money to deworm 600 children in Guatemala. Think of it this way: one less designer coffee each month, and kids in Guatemala grow healthier and taller!

Corporate Gift Matching

Many companies today will “match” any charitable contribution made by employees doubling the impact of your initial donation amount. Ask your company if they offer gift matching. If they don’t, perhaps they will start a program. If they do, the company should provide you with a matching gift form to send to Refuge along with your donation. Rules and conditions vary by company.

Gift Giving Ideas

The next time you’re trying to think of what to get that friend or family member that “has everything,” consider making a donation to Refuge in their name instead. Rather than yet another trinket, tell them you provided clean water and a brighter future to someone in Guatemala. It’s a gift that is sure to brighten their day, as well as yours and a village in Guatemala too. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

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Donate Medical and Educational Equipment and Supplies

Refuge International relies on donations of medical equipment and supplies for the work that is done by volunteer health care providers and others working in Guatemala. Some supplies are sent by ship and some are hand-carried in by volunteers working in each area. Without the donations, the work would not get done.

When it comes to education in Guatemala, many children are unable to go to school because they have no money to buy pencils, paper or other learning supplies. Donations by Refuge contributors help ensure these kids have a chance to get the education they deserve.

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Refuge International is a US registered 501(c)(3) organization.