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Monthly Archives / March 2014

March Moments

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March has brought so many blessings for Refuge127 and the children of Hope Refuge School

Zumba Love 

Zumba Love was a huge success.  Our goal was $4000 to pour the cement for the 5th building.  At Zumba Love, we raised $3000 and an anonymous donor walked in during the event and made up for the rest!  What a blessing!  We can now pour the cement and move on to the 6th building – a dormitory!

If you would like to get a Zumba Love “I Will Go” T-shirt, please email us at 

Financial Blessing

During the month of March, we received a total of $9000 in one time donations to help finish the school!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  You are supporting God’s mission!

Medical Mission Trip

We are in the process of planning our first ever Medical Mission trip to the orphanage this summer.  We have teamed up with a group of health care professionals in our area to immunize the children at the orphanage.  We will also be educating the villagers and teachers about things such as first aid, hygiene, and how to prevent certain types of illnesses.  Please pray that this trip will be blessed and that the children can finally begin to live healthier lives due to this medical trip.

Tour of Homes

We’ve picked a date!!  Mark your calendars.  Tour of Homes 2014 will be December 6th, 2014!

Upcoming Events

Grace Doll Workshop
April 12, 2014
9:00am – Noon
Peltier Park Recreation Center

What is a Grace Doll?
The Grace Doll is a handmade doll which represents the orphan. Volunteers get together at these workshops to cut out patterns, sew buttons, and stuff dolls.  When complete, these dolls will be available to people for a donation to Refuge127.  If you would like to know more about the Grace Doll project, please email us at

If you would like to become a monthly sponsor of Refuge127, please click on the link below.  You can donate any amount you wish.  All donations are tax deductible.

Zumba Love Pics and Update

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We want to thank all of you who supported Zumba Love last Sunday night. Everyone had an amazing time. Our goal was to raise $4000 so that we could pour the cement floors for the 5th building.  We raised $3000!!!! At the end of the night, an anonymous donor gave $1000 which allowed us to reach our goal!!!

We want to thank you again for doing your part to build a home for these children.

We had visiting Rotarians from Australia join in on the fun!

Emily Rini with 409 Fitness Studio teaching Zumba

The girls from To the Pointe Dance Studio came out and danced their hearts out.

Refuge volunteers with Colonel Nutrition (sponsor)

Refuge volunteers with Dana Diez with Thirty One Gifts and Plexus (Sponsor)

Refuge volunteers with Thibodaux Gynecology & Obstetrics (Sponsor)

Even our little joined in on the fun!
Thanks to NEAT for all that you did for the event.

We would like to thank our wonderful Zumba Love Sponsors and our volunteers who came out to help and NEAT (Nicholls Education Association of Teachers).

Emily Rini with 409 Fitness Studio 
Lloyd Duplatis with Lloyd’s Remedies

Kristen Plaisance with Atchafalaya Gynecology and Obstetrics

Toby Keating with NW Trucking and Disposal 

Stephanie Domingue with ShoeShi 

Debby Nezat with Mary Kay

James Cloutier with NVI

Jenica Walker – Polar Watch

Maria Towns with Colonel Nutrition

Connie Sirois with Reset Focus 

 Toby Lafont with DL Wealth Management
Charlet Brignac with Three Stitches

Dana Talbot Diez with Plexus 
Riviere Insurance
Travis Plaisance with Pro Lawn Care

Zumba Love: Let’s Pour Some Cement!!!

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March 16th will be our 4th Annual Zumba Love.  Mrs. Emily Rini from 409 Studio in Thibodaux will teach an hour and a half Zumba class to African music.  During the event, you will get the opportunity to see pictures of the children you are helping that were taken on our last trip to Uganda.

The event will be held in Nicholls State University Ballroom.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm.  Registration fee is $25 which will include an “I Will Go” t-shirt.  Bring the little ones too!  There will be a special class for them where they will learn Zumba and do arts and crafts with the students from NEAT!

Our goal for Zumba is to raise $4000 to pour cement in the 5th building at the orphanage.  In the classrooms that the children currently go to school in, they sit on dirt floors. Our goal is for every building at Hope Refuge School to have cement floors so that these children can go to school in a cleaner environment.  If you can not attend Zumba Love, you may still make a donation through our website by clicking here.  If each person who follows us on Facebook would give $10, we would reach our goal and we can pour that cement!!!

You can also become a monthly sponsor by clicking on the same link above.

If you have any questions, please contact us at