By Karrie Mattia
on October 10, 2019

Refuge 127 Ministries History

About Page of Refuge 127 Website

Refuge127 Ministries began as a desire to fulfill the call of James 1:27 – “to visit and help and care for the orphan”. In January 2008, Mandy and Shay Holloway and Lacey Melancon began to work with the children living at the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux, Louisiana. These children were living here due to severe abuse and neglect from their caregivers. It is here that God truly birthed in our hearts the cry of James 1:27. As we showed these orphaned children the love of God, we realized the power of the love of Jesus Christ flowing to a hurting soul.

For the next four years, God trained us and developed us to take on an even bigger work. A friend of ours, Josh Wilson, was helping a Pastor build an orphanage in the village of Kachomo in Uganda, Africa. In October of 2011, Mandy and Shay Holloway were invited to go to Africa with Josh during their January 2012 trip and the vision of this school expanded.

To honor Refuge127’s efforts in supporting the vision, the Pastor over the orphanage, Bishop John Wayabire, asked to name the school in honor of our organization and Hope Refuge School was established.

We officially became a non-profit organization in February of 2012 during the time that Refuge127’s outreach to the Juvenile Justice Facility was coming to a close. God was transitioning us into a new work in Uganda.

Since Mandy and Shay’s trip, God has multiplied our vision for Hope Refuge School, and Refuge127 is committed to providing the children of Kachomo, Uganda suitable living quarters, proper medical care, nutritious food, and an excellent education for years to come.

What We Do

Hope Refuge School is located in a small village called Kachomo, Uganda. It is home to more than 550 at-risk children. We are committed to helping in four
 different areas:


Currently, we have 7 completed school houses with cement floors, doors & windows, and plastered walls. We will need beds and for each child when all dormitories are completed.

The cost of one building is approximately $25,000-28,000 USD. This includes cement floors, doors, shutters for the windows, a sidewalk around the building, and plaster on the brick walls adds an additional $6,000 USD to the cost.

We are committed to help build the following: dormitories with beds and mosquito netting, a kitchen, a church, a medical Facility stocked supplies, food storage, restrooms, and classrooms with adequate desks for each child.

Farming will enable the orphanage to be self-sufficient. As of now, food is being purchased to feed the children daily. Each child gets one bowl of rice and beans daily. At times, there isn’t enough food to feed all of them so the older children will give up their meal for the younger children.

We currently have purchased 2 ½ acres of farmland around the orphanage. The farming techniques taught by Farming God’s Way (link to their website at ) will be implemented to yield a more abundant crop. Eventually, we would like to purchase livestock to help supplement their diet.

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