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Simple BeginningsIn 1987, Sergio and Kathy Scataglini finished their studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and moved to Argentina with a mission to establish an orphanage and school. Just a few months after their arrival, their dreams became reality when someone loaned them a house to take in children and they were granted guardianship by the Juvenile Court of the first three children. The children's home had begun.

Since then, three very nice houses have been constructed. The King's Refuge Homes now function under the direction of leadership of Eduardo Scataglini. The homes continue to take in children placed there by the court system.


The need to care for abandoned and abused children was enormous. The King's Refuge continued to receive calls from the Court and were given several more children who needed care. They have received children who had been living in a ditch and abandoned warehouses. Others came with physical signs of the abuse. All came with the baggage of rejection from their past.

The King's Refuge offers these children love, acceptance, and a safe environment where they can grow. In addition, they are under the care of a Christian social worker and Psychologist who visit weekly. From those small beginnings, they have now established three homes (with a total of 33 children). The children attend a public school. There is a permanent staff of 9 and several volunteers who help with cooking, laundry, tutoring, and other tasks. The houses were built with donations from the US and Switzerland. The furniture was provided thru a donation from the Governor's wife of the province of Buenos Aires.


The three homes of The King's Refuge have a monthly budget of $7,000 USD. Half of that budget is covered by the government of Argentina, leaving a need of $3,750.00 per month. This money is used to pay the small salaries of the staff, to buy food, pay utilities and to cover expenses for clothing, transportation, and school supplies for the children as well. They also supplement their income by cultivating a garden, getting milk and some meat from their own cows, and raising rabbits both to sell and eat.
• WHERE IS THE HOME LOCATED?
The King's Refuge complex, which now consists of three houses, a playground, garden and space for animals, is located in Berisso, Argentina, just outside of the large city of LaPlata. The Homes are built on an 81 acre property.

• HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE IN THE HOME?
At present there are 33, which consist of children 4-20 years of age, some adolescents and some young ladies.

• HOW DOES LIVING AT THE KING'S REFUGE HOME EFFECT THE CHILDREN?
Many times, the children arrive at the Home malnourished, and with fears and bitterness. Many of them are illiterate. King's Refuge has seen dramatic changes in the lives of these children within a short period time. Soon after a child arrives at the home, they see a change in their physical state (they begin to eat well), and in their emotional health. They soon learn the joy of living and knowing their heavenly Father.

• HOW ARE THESE CHILDREN EDUCATED?
The children who come to the King's Refuge Homes receive a secular education as well as a spiritual education. The children attend public schools, just like any other child. Some have graduated from High School. Besides their regular classes in school, they receive music classes and voice lessons from a private teacher that comes to the Homes. The girls learn to do crafts, as well as classes in cake decorating, cooking and beautician skills. The boys are trained to take care of the garden, raise rabbits and milk the cows. Two of the boys are currently pursuing an education in agriculture.



• WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE CHILDREN WHEN THEY ARE ADULTS?

Three of the children raised in the home have gotten married and moved out to establish their own homes. Others have gone one to work in churches. Others go on to college. One of the most frequent comments we receive from those who graduate from the home is that the best thing that ever happened to them was coming to live in The King's Refuge. Some have even asked to return to the Home to help with the other children.