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Commuity Health and Wellness

Approximately 60% of Bolivians live in poverty; the percentage is higher for indigenous people, especially women and children. They often lack basic needs such as access to adequate housing, clean water and sanitation, health care, and health education.


When completed, the medical/dental clinic at Refugio Rafael will offer basic medical consultation and care to members of the local community. The clinic room is complete, but furnishings and equipment are needed. 


Individuals with medical needs are helped on an individual basis by providing medication and transportation to medical facilities.


The after school program includes health and wellness education on topics such as nutrition, healthy emotional development and proper dental care.


An on-site organic garden provides opportunities for healthy snacks. Chickens are raised for egg production.

Wish List

Monetary and In-kind Gifts

  Money for operational expenses

  Medical supplies

  Clinic furnishings

  Tooth brushes and paste

  Health and wellness literature in Spanish

  Healthy snacks for the after-school program

  Dentist chair


Volunteer Help


  Grant writing

  On-site medical/dental assistance

  On-site educational program leaders



Refugio Rafael

is located in the heart of a Quechua community outside the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. People in this Andes Mountain agricultural area provide for their families through roadside markets and day labor. Living conditions in the villages are simple and electricity is limited. There may be no indoor plumbing and clothes may be washed by hand. Small vegetable gardens and chickens provide food. Meals are prepared on small propane burners. 

The Refugio is a unique  community support facility, staffed by local people and assisted by international partners. We provide supplemental education, economic development, medical assistance, and a secure home for families.


After School Program

The Community Center classrooms and dedicated educators provide over 100  children with homework help, tutoring,  mentorship, creative play, and storytelling.


Economic Development 

The refuge provides work space and mentors for artisans to develop handcrafts and goods for local and international markets.


Health and Wellness

A health and wellness program provides education and support for community members. The Health Clinic will provide  medical/dental consultation.



A Secure Home

Housing units and staff provide a place where families at risk can be supported in a traditional home setting. Families receive housing, food assistance, medical, and social services. 

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