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September 2013

This time of year is always a busy one for The City of Refuge International. Here in the States, We have just wrapped up our 3rd annual CK5K, which was a huge success. We are gearing up to host the 4th annual donor dinner in October, and we are working hard to wrap up a new documentary in time for the event.

In Kamina, DRC, our children have just begun a new school year, complete with new uniforms, as well as books and school supplies. The second group of mothers has entered our malnourished pregnant women's project, and our youth have been busy volunteering in the agricultural development program. Three more graduates from the high school scholarship program, funded solely by redeeming recyclable bottles and cans, have brought the total number of graduates enrolled in college to five.

With Christmas around the corner, this will remain a joyful and abundant time.

Your support continues to help us expand our programs, and without the help of each one of you, our efforts would be in vain.


Richard Kitumba


Current and Upcoming Events


High School Scholarships Funded by Recycled Cans & Bottles

Our recycling program is thriving! Thanks to the generous donations of recyclable bottles and cans in the local Eugene/Springfield, we have now sent five high school scholarship recipients on to college. Their academic and career goals are noteworthy, and range from careers in medicine to legal studies.

Help keep this vital program strong.

Bring your cans to Springfield Faith Center, 6OO Hayden Bridge Way in Springfield on the first Sunday of each month between 9-1pm.

If you are interested in putting a can collection container at your business or workplace, please contact us by phone: 541-501-2850.

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Bags for Sale

This year, we are selling reusable totes with our logo on them to help raise funds for our Women's Empowerment Initiative, which has recently opened a sewing school for young women. Our totes are eco-friendly, and can be used for groceries, lunch boxes, school bags, purses, or whatever else you can think of! These bags make a great Christmas or holiday gift for loved ones.

Cost: $10 /bag + $5/shipping = $15

Click here to purchase a tote today!

Click here to view sample of logo.


Past Events

Third Annual CK5K 2013

Thank you to all who participated. Whether you walked, jogged, volunteered, or donated a prize, our race would not have been possible without you.

Click here to view race results


Second Annual CK5K

Thank you to all who participated in our Second Annual CK5K benefit walk/run!


Concert for the Congo - March 2012

A wonderful performance by local artists Kevin Sundholm, Amy Bradley, and David Parker brought a full-house to SFC. Free-will offerings at concerts held this year and last have brought in nearly $6,000 and monthly sponsorships! A huge thank you to all who performed, volunteered time, attended, and donated.

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Click here to see the flyer


"Catch the Dream" Fashion Show & Sale - January 2012

This year, we were selected as beneficiaries of a talent show. Talents of both local artist Cara Cline and young women in our Women's Empowerment Program were featured. A variety of dresses and outfits designed and sewed by the young women in the Women's Empowerment Program were featured, with all clothing now available for purchase. The sales of such outfits will benefit this program. If you see an oufit you are interested in purchasing, please call us today.

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Third Annual Donor Dinner - October 2012

Thank you to all who attended! We shared a delicious dinner, and best of all, viewed the newest documentary.

Click here to view our newest documentary!


Concert for the Congo - September 2011

We enjoyed amazing talent, and appreciated generous donations at this event. A special thank you to all of you who shared musical gifts, and to those who showed support in attendance and donation.

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Recognition by Springfield's Mayor - September 2011

Mayor Lundberg honored The City of Refuge International at a City Council Meeting. The mayor said, "Tonight, we acknowledge and thank all of you for your spirit, dedication and for bringing hope to children who had no hope. You embody the spirit and dedication we all aspire to achieve and we thank you for representing your city with honor and kindness. We are proud you are from Springfield." We appreciate the honor.










Congo Kids 5 K Run/Walk - September 2011

Thanks to all of you who participated in our first annual CK5K! With over 250 registered participants, our event was quite a success. We know this event would not have been made possible without the generous support of local businesses, individual participants, volunteers, and the talented marimba band, Shamwari.

Click here for a complete list of race results!

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Congo Trip - August 2010

August 2010, six team members traveled to Kamina, DRC. The purpose of the trip was to meet and spend time visiting with all of the children and foster families, to visit the sites of the Agricultural and Livestock Development Programs, and to distribute special gifts to needy community members, including widows. Team members also participated in the monthly food distribution.

Check out our 2010 summer season newsletter for an update and photos. Check out our video.









Newsletter Archives

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Summer 2013

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Summer 2011

February 2011

Fall 2010

June 2010


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The Register Guard

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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