Our Programs


With your help we are providing care, education, and lifelong empowerment to orphaned children. Each child receives food, clothing, education, immunizations and mosquito nets, and general medical care. Our children live in permanent foster families and have regular contact with each other. Also, foster families participate in training seminars on a biannual basis. Our hope is to continue to expand the number of children under our care, and that is where your help is needed. Monthly sponsorship funds make a difference!

Cost for monthly sponsorship is $70, or $35 for a half sponsorship.

Find a Child To Sponsor Today!

Project 35

Project 35 is a program that specifically targets children living on and/or soliciting food on the streets of Kamina. These vulnerable children go undernourished and are at high risk physically and emotionally. Through Project 35, we cook a delicious and nutritious meal three times a week to help decrease the incidence of malnourishment.

Cost for monthly sponsorship is $35, but higher monthly pledges are welcome.

One-time donation of $100 and up.

High School

The City of Refuge International is committed to providing children with access to education. Not only do our children attend school, but they graduate with solid academic outcomes and commitments to social justice. Many of our college graduates are devoting their lives to service. Donating to our programs ensures equitable access to quality education, and plenty of opportunities for character development and community service.

Each scholar receives clothing, shoes, immunizations, uniforms and school tuition and fees. Funds come from generous donors and the recycling of cans and bottles in the Eugene/Springfield (Oregon) area. Thanks to these efforts, we have successfully sustained this program.

Bring your cans to Springfield Faith Center, 6OO Hayden Bridge Way in Springfield, Oregon, 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.

Suggested Monthly Donation: $50 

One-time donation of $100 and up

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is the most practical path for obtaining readily employable skills. Furthermore, VET programs are a vital tool that contribute to a community’s social and economic development. Through our Vocational Education and Training program, people have access to job skill development. Skill training is a key step toward ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Children in our programs can complement their traditional education with hands-on job training.

Carpentry Shop

The carpentry program provides career training, entrepreneurial skills, teamwork, mentorship opportunities, and constructive afterschool activities. Young boys attend the workshops to learn woodworking skills such as planning, measuring, squaring and cutting a board, driving nails and screws, using clamps and other basic carpentry tools. Eventually, participants learn how to build and repair furniture, such as tables, chairs, and beds.

Donations will be used to cover ongoing maintenance and supply costs.

Suggested Monthly Donation: $50

One-time donation of $100 and up

Sewing Shop

Most of the teenage girls in our Child Sponsorship Program come to the VET Sewing Shop after school to learn how to sew. Additionally, other women in the community regularly attend our workshops to learn seamstress skills, and many have already sewn full outfits.

We are continuing to collect funds to help purchase additional sewing machines for young women in our program.


Manual sewing machine $222

Electric sewing machines vary from $300 to $600. Please call 541-501-2850 for more details.

Live Well: Water Well Program

The need for clean water is paramount throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the United Nation, half of Congo’s 80 million people have no access to safe drinking water. Deaths attributed to waterborne illness including cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. At any given time, 1 in 5 children is sick with a deadly waterborne illness.

Our Live Well: Water Well Program provides safe and accessible water to people who desperately need it to survive.

To date, we have installed a total of 31 water wells. On average, each well produces 4 cubic meters of water, equaling 4,000 liters of water daily. That’s enough water for 2,000 people per well per day.

A donation of $2,135 provides for the purchase, installation and follow-up maintenance of a water well. The name of your choice will be inscribed on the well’s plaque.

Pregnant Women

In the city of Kamina 7 out of 10 pregnant women are severely malnourished. The lack of adequate nutrients during pregnancy leads to a multitude of complications, including high rates of mother and infant mortality. Maternal death strains families and communities.

In an effort to thwart the rising number of orphaned infants in Kamina, The City of Refuge International is partnering with local pregnant women and women’s healthcare providers. A 30-day pilot project conducted by our organization showed that women receiving food and prenatal vitamin and mineral supplements made dramatic gains in overall quality of health.

At this point, our fifth group of 30 women has entered the program and about half of them have already delivered healthy babies.

Our desire is to partner with foundations, businesses, and individuals committed to women’s health and empowerment, and to the prevention of orphaned infants. Please contact us today if you would like to be involved.

Suggested Monthly Donation: $50  

One-time donation of $100 and up

Community Farming Program

Through our Community Farming Program, we empower families to have enough to eat both today and tomorrow. We’re fighting hunger by providing local communities with farming tools, seeds, and water, providing training on sustainable farming practices, and advocating for safer communities.  In addition, we have opened a Public Agricultural Tool library where people check out tools at no charge.

Basic farming equipment is key in helping communities maximize productivity. We have recently received a donation of $10,000 toward an agricultural tractor, prompting us to launch a $40,000 fundraising campaign for the purchase of the tractor. We will use the tractor to increase the quantity of food cultivated locally for consumption by participants in our many other programs and for families involved in our Community Farming Program.     

Suggested donation for one share of the tractor $100

Suggested donation for the community Farming Program - $35


Donations allow for the purchase of goats, which are then given to pre-screened families in the community. In exchange, the families must give one offspring back to the CORI within one year. Offspring will then be passed on to other families. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this fund. Over 80 families have already benefited from this great program.

Cost for one female goat is $78.


As in many developing countries, women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo often carry a heavy burden. We are committed to empowering women by funding various grassroots and small business initiatives. Through our Women’s Empowerment Program, we provide access to job training and support with small business development.

Our program allows for women entrepreneurs to request business items and funds to help get their businesses started. To ensure sustainability over time, participants become part of a supportive entrepreneurial community. Small businesses launched have included retail operations of food, clothing, or other household goods, and alterations and textile shops.

Suggested Monthly Donation: $50

One-time donation of $150 and up