How we work

- SURVIVE -

We provide emergency relief and medical aid to ensure the survival of those fleeing from war.

  • NEGLECTED PEOPLE. We go to difficult-to-reach places. Many times these are areas of heavy conflict where people have been displaced from their homes. Due to the difficulty in reaching them and poor security, they receive no help. They are extremely vulnerable, but are just as valuable as anyone else. They deserve our best.
  • "THE 5". We created "The 5" to bring a stronger focus on the diseases and conditions that are most likely to exist and cause the greatest amount of deaths among displaced populations. We strive to prevent and effectively treat these diseases. "The 5" are cholera, dysentery, malaria, pneumonia and malnutrition. 
  • MAKESHIFT CLINICS. Many times, we need a structure to create a true refuge among the people we serve. Makeshift clinics are a way for us to train and treat at the same time, while also saving lives. Building structures is expensive and unwise in insecure settings, so we commonly use tents, abandoned buildings or whatever else we can find to provide aid to the displaced right where they are. 
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- THRIVE -

Our programs empower indigenous people. We teach medical skills, disease prevention, agricultural management and provide spiritual support.

  • MEDIC TRAINING. Conflict will often displace people, and will displace anyone working with those people. GRI trains refugees themselves to use first-rate medical skills while moving with their population preventing illness and treating disease. Education cannot be taken away by bullets or bombs. 
  • HOPE AND HEALING. War has a terrible effect on the mental, physical and spiritual health of people. Understanding that, GRI integrates all three aspects into everything we do.  We have learned that without investing in complete care among displaced people, they will never truly be healthy. 

 
 
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Congo

Status: Ongoing

Location: North Kivu, DRC

Number of people served: 4,000 displaced men, women and children; many are Pygmies from deep inside the forests of Congo. 

Goal: To provide emergency health care and nutrition to a displaced Congolese population.

Results: 58 malnourished children and their mothers are becoming stronger and healthier due to our nutrition and medical programs.

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Rhino Camp Medical Clinic

Status: Ongoing

Location: Arua district, N. Uganda

Number of people served: 44,000+ treated annually plus 29 medics trained

Goal: Establish a medical clinic to meet the needs of S. Sudanese and Congolese refugees

Results: We treat a daily average of 150 patients at our clinic. We have also trained 29 medics, each of whom is responsible for the care of 1,000 fellow refugees. We have also provided 71,400 people with cholera and malaria education.

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Burma Emergency Medical Response

Status: Complete

Location: Burma

Number of people served: 63,200 plus 30 medics trained.

Goal: Provide emergency care to displaced ethnic minority groups

Results: We provided medical support to orphans, trained medics, responded to the Chin Famine, supported orphan students through nursing school, responded to Cyclone Nargis, ran clinics, built a water-filtering system, provided medical supplies, and supplied food for Karen IDPs and villagers cut off from supplies. 

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Malaria Initiative

Status: Complete

Location: Northern Uganda

Number of people served: 117,581 plus 25 medics trained.

Goal: Malaria education, prevention and treatment

Results: We trained 25 medics who were sent back to their villages and refugee groups to share life-saving medication and education. We were able to reduce the malaria burden on the population by 36.7%, at which point, we transitioned care over to the local population. 

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Syria emergency response

Status: Complete

Location: Zamalka, Syria

Number of people served: 152,000

Goal: Restore water, care for orphans, provide supplies

Results: We provided victims of conflict access to clean water and placed 520 orphans with host families. Each host family was supplied with support so no burden was incurred by taking in a child. 

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Cholera Control Program

Status: Complete

Location: Bundibugyo, Uganda

Number of people served: 65,000 plus 7 medics trained.

Goal: Prevent cholera from spreading in refugee camp and provide food and clean water

Results: We provided 65,000 refugees from DR Congo with clean water and food to combat extreme malnutrition. We also built latrines and bath houses to prevent cholera from spreading due to unsanitary conditions. 

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We turn your action into great impact around the world

 
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Volunteer Locally


If you live in the Denver metro area, you can volunteer at our thrift store, Global Thrift or our coffee shop, Global Goods & Coffee. Both of these amazing shops are run by volunteers and all of the profits fund our Global Refuge projects. 

NEEDS LIST

  • Global Thrift volunteers
  • Global Goods & Coffee volunteers
  • Maintenance worker
  • Administrative support
  • Part-time bookkeeper
  • Event planner
  • Grant writer

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Volunteer Globally


If you are interested in volunteering at one of our project sites overseas, please fill out an application. 
 

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Use a King Soopers Gift Card

WHAT IS ONE THING ALL OF US DO? GROCERY SHOP. AND CHANCES ARE THAT THERE IS A KROGER, A KING SOOPERS, OR SOME OTHER KROGER AFFILIATE STORE PRETTY CLOSE TO WHERE YOU LIVE. YOU MAY EVEN SHOP THERE ALREADY. WELL WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD BE DONATING FREE MONEY TO GLOBAL REFUGE - 5% OF WHAT YOU SPEND EVERY TIME YOU BUY YOUR GROCERIES TO BE EXACT. YOU'D BE PRETTY EXCITED, RIGHT?

Well that is exactly what happens with the new Kroger / King Soopers fundraiser that Global Refuge is in on. Here's how it works:

1. Get a gift card from Global Refuge. This gift card will be linked to our account so Kroger knows who to send the money to. We will mail the card(s) to you at the shipping address you specify.

2. Load money onto your gift card (it will come loaded with $10 already).

3. Use your gift card at any of the participating Kroger affiliate stores just like cash to buy groceries (or gas!)

4. Reload your card at your local Kroger store and repeat.

You buy the groceries and gas that you're already buying, and you save lives by supporting Global Refuge in the process!

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Purchase "My Cry"

My Cry was written by Fils Ekanga, who is originally from DR Congo. The song expresses his cry as a refugee asking "Who will save us and where will we go?" All proceeds benefit our projects in DR Congo. Once you purchase the song, we will send a link to download.

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Who is a Refugee?

"A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries."
 

Who is an IDP?

"An internally displaced person (IDP) is a person who has been forced to flee his or her home for the same reason as a refugee, but remains in his or her own country and has not crossed an international border. Unlike refugees, IDPs are not protected by international law or eligible to receive many types of aid. As the nature of war has changed in the last few decades, with more and more internal conflicts replacing wars among countries, the number of IDPs has increased significantly."

Definitions taken from USA for UNHCR, http://www.unrefugees.org/what-is-a-refugee/  

Information used from UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c11.html

Information used from UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c11.html

Many refugees want to better their situation and have no desire to remain refugees. These are a few solutions that can sometimes be used to help them. They are:

  • A returnee or voluntary repatriate is a refugee who returns home. This can only happen when the factors that caused someone to flee are no longer an issue in the country of origin. It may take place over a period of time beginning with visits to the home country. Assistance may be needed for legal issues and being reunited with family members. 
  • Resettlement is a great option, but very difficult to secure. When return to the home country is not possible, refugees may be given the opportunity to resettle in another country. They are moved from the country where they have sought asylum to another country that has agreed to admit them and grant permanent settlement. This option offers security to a refugee, however less than 1 percent of refugees around the world are submitted for resettlement. Refugees here in the United States have been legally resettled here in partnership with the government and aid organizations.
  • Integration is possible if the country where a refugee has sought asylum is willing. It is not easy to achieve and if there is a large number of refugees, it can place strain on the receiving country. However, if done properly, refugees are able to contribute to their host country rather than be a burden.

 

The need is great. This is why we serve refugees and displaced people.

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Global Thrift and Global Goods & Coffee provide a sustainable source of funds for Global Refuge. They are run by volunteers who enjoy helping out at a local business, while contributing to a global cause. We use 100% of the profit from both shops to fund our work around the world. So shop on, and know that you are making a global impact. 

 

Media Mentions

The Culture-ist

February 10, 2016

THE Arvada Press

September 18, 2015

The Denver Post

November 5, 2013

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July 16, 2013

Westword

June 25, 2013

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GRI’S CREED SERIES

We are excited to start our Creed series! The GRI Creed was launched nearly 10 years ago as a list of guiding principles. They embodied the core of our reason for existing and have been a part of our decisions from the beginning. In this series, we will be using many ways to illustrate the meaning of each statement and how they apply to our work. We hope this series is a challenge to us all personally and a reminder of why GRI exists.

Updates to each creed line will be added monthly. Click on bolded line to view post. 


 

    All lives are equally valuable.  

Serving people is a privilege. → 

We will speak on behalf of those who have been silenced.  → 

No person should suffer alone. → 

Jesus changes lives. → 

Knowledge is power.

In every disaster, lives can be restored.

Wars, borders or injustice will not deter us from our goal.

Sympathy is worthless without action.

Serving requires my sacrifice.

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Contact Us

GLOBAL REFUGE
5613 OLDE WADSWORTH BLVD
ARVADA, CO 80002

inform@globalrefuge.org

303-482-2235


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