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Thank you for your donation to Refugio Rafael 


Refugio Rafael is an official partner on the Global Giving platform and Benevity. Join our current fundraising campaign to provide an education to over 300 students this academic year by donating on Global Giving or engage in our Corporate Matching Program on Benevity!


As many indigenous families move from the Andes Mountains to cities, improving the access and quality of education is vital. However, many students quickly surpass their parents' education levels. Without academic support or access, students may seek economic opportunities rather than completing their education. This continues the poverty cycle.


Refugio Rafael’s after-school program aims to keep students enrolled in school and provide academic support services. Students receive tutoring and homework assistance services and build self-confidence and resilience skills. Our program further builds entrepreneurship and technical skills to break the poverty cycle for students and their families.


All donations, once and recurring, continue supporting and providing programs to Refugio Rafael students. We ask for your support, especially through recurring donations to better leverage our matching dollars, and to achieve our fundraising goal. Thank you for your support.

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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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