Every child needs a safe place.

Mi Refugio Es Jesus ministers to the needs of "at risk" children living in and around the Guatemala City garbage dump and in the villages surrounding San Pedro, Sacatepequez.


Children of the Fourth World

Having spent over ten years documenting her story for the documentary film “Children of The Fourth World” I can honestly say that Kari is a living saint! I thank you in advance for any contribution you may be able to provide.

– John Biffar, Film Producer

Our Ministry

Mi Refugio Es Jesus is a non denominational, Christian ministry which shares the love of Jesus by providing education (pre-school through high school), food, clothing, medical and dental assistance to these children and their families.

Children in Guatemala - Feed the Hungry
Kari with the kids

Our Team

Mi Refugio has been accredited by the Guatemalan government, and all of the teachers are graduates from Guatemalan schools with teaching credentials. Kari Engen is the Executive Director of the ministry, living full time in San Pedro Sacatepequez.

How You Can Help

Please help us keep Kari’s mission alive so she can continue to not only provide an education for the children who call the Guatemala city dump home but also provide them with daily nutrition and spiritual guidance. One hundred percent of all funds we raise will go directly to Kari.