The McNeely family started Global Refuge in 2001 as a “reaction to all of us being shocked by what was happening overseas” stated Jaden McNeely, executive director of operations. McNeely, along with his father and sister, went on a trip to Burma in the late ’90s to help refugees get basic medical care after being displaced due to conflict in the country. They soon realized they had to do more to help. McNeely and his family found that bigger nonprofits took weeks to get to these places since they are such remote, dangerous areas. Shortly after, they all decided to dedicate their lives to help make others’ lives better by traveling to war-torn countries to teach displaced civilians basic medical care.