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How We Work

Project Refuge promotes change by developing sustainable projects for marginalized communities. We provide support through various avenues including food security, water & hygiene, education, health, and economic opportunities. We bring about lasting change by connecting vulnerable people to the resources they need to pull themselves out of poverty.

Poverty is a complex issue, but we believe it is solvable. Our process begins with a focus on communities suffering from extreme poverty. Side by side, Project Refuge helps by working with these communities and addressing their most urgent needs. We do this by raising funds and implementing community initiatives based on empowerment and practical solutions.

What We Do

Food Security & Economic Opportunity

Worldwide, billions of people lack the key nutrition and economic opportunities to live productive, healthy lives. Nutritious fruits and vegetables in many countries are simply too expensive or not available at all, leaving many to be undernourished.

Vulnerable communities are thus stuck in a brutal cycle of hunger, unable to provide for themselves and their families. Children often suffer the greatest effects, dealing with lifelong challenges (such as developmental delays, health issues, and disease) that rob them of rewarding lives in adulthood.

The hunger crisis is huge, but it can be defeated. Project Refuge helps by working side by side with local communities to implement agriculture projects, such as small-scale poultry farms, to create viable sources of income. We also provide vocational training to empower women with self-sufficiency and economic independence.

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Coffee beans

Education

All children deserve a quality education, but many never have the opportunity because of poverty. Hunger and malnutrition rob eager learners, which leads to lowered mental capacity and lifetime earning power. Girls in particular miss out on schooling due to household duties, lack of menstruation education, and early marriage.

We combat this by making sure children have access to safe learning environments by building classrooms, training teachers, and ensuring they have the necessary resources to learn. In Uganda, we constructed a primary school that educates about 300 children. The school provides education at little to no cost, and the fees help to support the local orphanage.

Education is transformative, instilling confidence and hope in children where there was once despair. Project Refuge helps by connecting education with health and nutrition services in order to address the full scope of children’s needs and provides them with the life-changing power of learning.

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Two children at a desk in school

Water

Water is vital to life. Yet about a third of the world’s population lacks access to clean water. Every day, women and children carry the burden of trekking to collect water for bathing, washing, drinking, and cooking.

Project Refuge has witnessed the consequences of not having a safe, localized source of water. Children from Uganda, for example, walk two miles after school to collect water. When lines are long, they resort to filling up at nearby swamps, placing their village at great risk for waterborne diseases. Worldwide, these diseases are a leading cause of death.

Every human deserves access to clean water. Project Refuge helps by working with local community members to drill boreholes that provide fresh and drinkable water. This greatly reduces the effort required to collect water, freeing up time for school and economic opportunities. More importantly, communities experience significantly better outcomes and are able to thrive.

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Toddler with water
Children filling up jugs of water
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Health

Every day, people in developing countries die from malnutrition, diarrhea, and malaria. These deaths are completely preventable. Thousands of children who needlessly perish could be saved by affordable treatments – including vaccinations, clean water, antibiotics, and nutritious food.

The vicious cycle of poverty is perpetuated by the lack of access to and high costs of healthcare and medicine. Oftentimes, people who live in remote areas simply do not have the ability or financial wherewithal to travel for medical treatment or afford it in the first place.

Project Refuge helps marginalized communities implement localized initiatives that promote health, prevent disease, and greatly improve well being. We provide holistic solutions that empower vulnerable people to develop healthy habits and happy lives.

Female Empowerment

We aim to provide school aged girls with feminine hygiene products in order to reduce school dropout rates. Girls with little to no education are more susceptible to sex trafficking, becoming young brides and experiencing high rates of poverty.

Women and girls around the world lack resources to purchase “luxury” items such as feminine hygiene products. When women and girls lack access to sanitary products, they are more likely to suffer from health issues such as vaginal and urinary infections.

In addition to health risks, young girls are forced to end educational pursuits due to monthly menstruation cycles. Many girls avoid school due to being ashamed of this natural process. Misinformation can lead to societal superstitions, which may cause young girls to be ostracized. In a male dominated society, menstruation is often a taboo topic in many countries across the world.

When we prioritize the welfare of women and girls, they are able to gain control of their bodies, education, and lives. Project Refuge helps through educating and empowering girls to help them avoid and combat child marriage, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and HIV.

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