Hey Guys! Sorry I missed last month. It’s been a busy month for all of us with school beginning so here’s a two-for-one 🙂
I hope you all had a great 4th of July.
This month, Refuge is asking for help to meet two needs:
Homes for Tour of Homes
If you are interested in having your home be on this year’s Tour and would like more information, please contact. This is a great event and our biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s a night to have fun with friends, eat great food, and support a wonderful cause all while visiting beautifully decorated homes in the Thibodaux area. Let us know if you would like to participate or if you have a friend who would like to volunteer their home to be on the Tour.
$10, $20, $50, $100…whatever you feel in your heart to give. We are looking for people to partner with us monthly. If you would like to become a monthly sponsor, click here to donate. If you’re not quite ready to be a monthly sponsor but would like to give a one time donation, you can do that as well. All donations are tax deductible.
Again, we thank you for supporting the children of Hope Refuge School.
This year is flying by so fast. Before you know it we will be back on a plane to Uganda!
Here is an update about what’s going on with Refuge.
Grace Doll Workshop
There will be a Grace Doll workshop held on June 21st from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Peltier Park recreation center. If you would like more information, please contact us. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers who show up to make these dolls. Special thanks to Mrs. Ann Buission, Mrs. Monica Stock, and Ms. Jackie Plaisance for leading this project.
Until our Refuge online store is finished, we have posted all of our merchandise online on Facebook and through our website at www.refuge127.org. For a donation, you can get a t-shirt or hat and let everyone know what you do to help the orphan in Uganda. We can ship them to you if you’d like. Please take a look and email us if you are interested in purchasing one or more of our items.
Medical Mission Trip
Unfortunately, we did not have enough volunteers to go in August for the medical mission trip. However, we have set dates for our next one: June 2015. This will give everyone enough time to start planning to take off of work and to start saving/fundraising for the trip. If you are in the medical profession and are interested in going, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Shay visited Dr. Sydney’s clinic in October, the roof of the clinic was leaking pretty bad. (Dr. Sydney is the doctor who is helping us treat the children at the orphanage.) Refuge was able to help him seal the roof so that patients wouldn’t have to deal with falling water while they were sick. Here are a few pictures from beginning to end of the process.
We appreciate everyone of you who pray for this organization, volunteer, raise money, and keep up with what God is doing in Uganda. Stay tuned to more news from Refuge.
Medical Mission Trip
Well, it’s official! We will be leaving in August for our first medical mission trip to the orphanage. We are so excited to see what God will do through the nurses and medical professionals that will be joining us on the trip. Our plan is to vaccinate, deworm, and complete some tests while we are there. This trip will give us an opportunity to plan for the future health care needs of the children.
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!
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!
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.
We’ve picked a date!! Mark your calendars. Tour of Homes 2014 will be December 6th, 2014!
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 email@example.com.
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).
Toby Lafont with DL Wealth Management
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Refuge127 has teamed up with Dr. Sydney Nsubuga, a doctor and Rotarian from Mbale, Uganda, who has volunteered his services to help the children of Hope Refuge School. He has been a tremendous help assisting us with learning the needs of the children.
In December, he came to the orphanage with us and administered de-worming medication to 550 children. Dr. Sydney was responsible for doing the leg work to obtain the medication so that it was available when we arrived.
We were also able to deliver 12 suitcases of medical supplies and equipment donated by local organizations and individuals to Dr. Sydney to help him in his community clinic as well as at the orphanage.
Our first medical mission trip will be held this summer, and Dr. Sydney has been instrumental in organizing the logistics of vaccinations, medical records, and assistance that we will need when we arrive. We will be working along side Ugandan doctors and nurses in immunizing, educating, and screening the children. We are very excited for this to happen!
To learn more about what Dr. Sydney is doing, please click on the following link:
So much has been happening with Refuge127 and we want to share a few updates, pictures, and a video with you.
Tour of Homes
Tour of Homes 2013 was a great success! We had so much fun and the homes were beautiful. Special thanks to our homeowners, caterors, bakers, door prize donors, and volunteers for making this year wonderful!
This trip was a very productive trip. Here are a few pics of the progress of Hope Refuge School and what we were able to accomplish.
1. When we were there in Dec/Jan, one of the buildings had walls but no roof. Since we have left, the roof has been complete! We’re ready to begin building another building!!