Refuge International

Non-registered organization or association

Refuge International is a US-based non-profit organization focused on improving lives in rural communities by improving access to healthcare, education, nutrition and clean water, and also provides opportunities for mentoring of students who wish to become involved in humanitarian efforts.

Women, Men, Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Elderly, Disabled
Education, Health
Guatemala (San Raymundo), Izabal (Sarstún), Petén (Flores)

Organizational contacts & locations

Contacts
Ginia Northcutt
Executive Director
(903) 234-8660
Dr. Ken Eveland
Medical Director
(903) 234-8660
Carroll Greenwaldt
Board of Directors President
(903) 234-8660

Mission, vision & values

Mission

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 health care, 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.

Vision

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.

Values
We value access to healthcare and education, Service to others, and compassion.

Products, services, and programs

Services

Refuge International provides health exams, medications and vital surgeries at regular intervals at our service sites, providing our patients with reliable continuity of care.

Programs

We have a mid-wife training program and provide supplies.

Organizational detail

Founded: 
2013
Number of employees: 
0-10
Funding: 
Private donations, Fundraising
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

Access to healthcare including general consults, support of chronic health conditions, women's health, malnutrition, General/GYN surgeries, etc.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

Because we are growing organically a lot of our impact is gathered by word of mouth but to date we have no official statistics.

Impact measuring

We are setting up a data collection process, where we will track and record our medicine distributions, diagnoses, monitor changes etc.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure, Key offerings, Location, Target population
Organizational adaptation details

Size and/or structure / Location

Medical missions expanded to four locations (3x annually).

Key offerings

We have added to our offerings a orthopaedic surgery; a dedicated women's health schedule; staff for a clinic with 24-7 nurse availability and ambulance boat transport; underwriting teachers to improve education in villages; and university programs for further training and mentoring opportunities.

Short term objectives

Due to the pandemic, our growth/expansion plans are on hold. We have overhauled inventory, volunteer/donor databases and clinic reporting processes to streamline communications and data tracking. We are researching electronic medical record systems as well as a telehealth model for between mission-trip support and consult access.