Our STory

In every disaster, lives can be restored

In the summer of 2001, a group of 25 people consisting of students, our family, doctors, nurses, a pilot, and an accountant, all armed with medical supplies and hearts to serve, headed off to Thailand in hopes of finding our way into Burma. It is amazing to see the hope you can bring when you show up in a conflict area with medicine and food and work alongside victims who, to no fault of their own, are sick, desperate, lonely, and forgotten.

The down side of all this is that once you see the effects of war on a population, and tools of war too despicable to even discuss, you then have the responsibility to make a decision: to either be a part of the solution, or ignore what you've seen and harden your heart towards the desperation. Regardless of which decision you make, your life will never be the same.

As a result, Global Refuge was born.                        

- Brian McNeely, GRI Founder