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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Local fundraiser is building schools and dorms in poverty-stricken Uganda

Local fundraiser is building schools and dorms in poverty-stricken Uganda

Thibodaux, La. – One of the area’s most anticipated holiday events, the Refuge 127 Tour of Homes, is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, December 13 in Thibodaux.

The event will feature four of the Thibodaux-area’s most gracious homes with each decorated in a unique and special Christmas theme that is certain to put all who visit in the most festive of holiday spirits.

Each of the stops on the tour will also feature gourmet selections from some of the area’s finest restaurants as well as opportunities to go home with exciting door prizes.

It’s all to support the construction of schools and dormitories in the central West African nation of Uganda, a country of some 35 million persons, many of whom suffer greatly from isolation and poverty.

According to Refuge 127 director, Mandy Holloway, “We are often asked, why Uganda or why now? Our answer is always the same, because we can make a difference and have made a difference by affecting the one thing that changes lives no matter where you are – education. But rather than have children squatting on the ground trying to learn, we are able to construct simple yet effective school buildings where these children can learn as well as dormitories where these precious children can sleep. More than six of these buildings are there now due to the incredible generosity of this community and by God’s grace, more will stand soon due to this fund raising event.”

Refuge 127 is a Thibodaux-based not-for-profit that is inspired by the biblical principle to look afterorphans and widowsin their distress. Its members are local young professionals who formed and operate the organization and have made an incredible impact in a nation a world away.

Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $30 per person and can be purchased online at or at Lynn’s Little Feet, 311 North Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux, or by calling 985-446-0206.