Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My bona fide life: What if I told you that you could save a life for $5?

My bona fide life: What if I told you that you could save a life for $5?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bed Nets 4 Life -- EASTER NETS

March 28 
Bed Nets 4 Life - Easter Campaign
To save the lives of children 

Bed Nets 4 Life

Easter Campaign

Think Humanity (TH), along with their African directors, clinic staff, volunteers and interns decided together that it would be a great gift to give bed nets to refugees in Kyangwali Refugee Camp for Easter 2013.

It has now been several years -last time was in January 2010- since we gave out bed nets to the new arrivals and/or replaced old nets at this location. People are suffering and we are responding.

The hope is to give out 2000 bed nets. We have a way to go to meet this goal and time is short.

Next week TH will travel to the camp to get the list of names. Then on March 15th we will go to our supplier and pick up the nets and have them transported to the Think Humanity Health Center - Kyangwali.

Bed nets have been proven to have a huge impact in the fight against malaria. Visit our website to see the latest survey results.

Hope that you will be a part of this Bed Nets 4 Life Campaign.

Donate for nets - $5 each

(3 options: Network for Good, Paypal or send a check to the address on the Donate Page)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bed Net Campaign in March 2013 for Easter Nets

Visit Think Humanity (Facebook) for more information or www.thinkhumanity.org (website) and please consider donating $5 for a bed net. 

$5 for one net for Easter...giving life to as many as 4 children over the next 5 years is an awesome Easter gift. Please consider. 

Malaria Kills a child under the age of 5 yrs every 30-45 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Share the news! Bed Nets for Easter 2013. 

Nets will be given to refugees in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in western Uganda. 86% of the people there are from the Congo and 13% are from South Sudan. All have been affected by war in their homeland. Others in the camp are from Rwanda.

Donate today at this link: Easter Nets 2013

There is a blogspot ad below for decorative bed nets. Do not confuse this with a Think Humanity bed net for refugees in the fight against malaria. Our nets are treated with insecticide, last 5 years and are much cheaper...and effective against malaria.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Think Humanity Girls' Hostel

Think Humanity Girls' Hostel Celebration Day December 2012

Think Humanity Girls' Hostel

Julian's 3rd term report card. She's a great student.

A typical week

2012 schedule

During school days, the hostel girls wake up at 4 a.m. and then go for school at 6 a.m. They arrive by 7 a.m. The girls go to three different secondary schools; Bwikya, Millennium and Kitara.  They each take 10 classes. 

They return from school by 5 p.m. They clean the hostel, bathe and wash clothes until supper (6 or 6:30 p.m). After supper most of them pray for half an hour. Then the girls work on their studies until 10:00 p.m. At that time they rest. 

Some of the students attend church on Saturday mornings. On Saturday evening all of the girls participate in a debate. 

Every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., most of the girls attend church service in their main hall. This service is run and maintained by these girls and includes group readings from  the bible, discussions, singing and dancing. 

Girls attending Bwikya and Kitara spend Saturdays and Sundays studying, cleaning and resting. Millennium students also attend school on Saturdays. 

On weekends they also get a chance to play netball. 
Emily Jue photography

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wairagaza Village says thanks

How even the smallest donation can help save lives in the fight against malaria:

Bed Nets 4 Life - MaNdate in Wairagaza, Uganda

Thanks to all that contributed to this successful distribution of bed nets in Wairagaza Village in western Uganda.

Friday, January 18, 2013 

One thousand bed nets were stacked in the back of the Think Humanity Health Centre in Kyangwali. Luckily the Catholic Parish, where we were staying, just got a new lorry truck. They offered to transport the large bundles from our clinic to Wairagaza Village in Hoima District, not too far from the Kyangwali Refugee Camp.

About the People
Many of the people living in Wairagaza had migrated from Kisoro District, which is located in the southwest corner of Uganda bordering the Congo and Rwanda. Some fled from war in the Congo, others came looking for resources and  better land. In Hoima District, known also as the Bunyoro Kingdom, there is a controversy about the Bakiga (Highlanders) settling in this area. One of the issues is that people are grabbing up land due to oil exploration in nearby Lake Albert. This has been causing some unrest in the region, but on January 18th, we brought these different people together and gave them bed nets. The local police were there, but it was a very peaceful day.

The Process
Instead of our usual way of separating us off from the crowds, which was using tape or the twine off the bundles of bed nets, the people of Wairagaza were so helpful. We met at the primary school behind the marketplace. School desks and benches were removed from the building to place a border around us and the bed nets.
The previous three days we had held a workshop in Kyangwali sub-county near the Rwemisanga  Parish. Some people from Wairagaza attended our workshop. Some were appointed as representatives for TH, to go out into the deep parts of the village to train others on what they learned; Day 1: Family Planning, Day 2:  STIs and HIV/AIDS and Day 3: Malaria. We were impressed that these representatives jumped right in to help organize this MaNdate (bed net distribution).
First, as we always do, we each introduced ourselves to the community. I was surprised that most of the people spoke Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda and the Congo. That's when I found out that many of these people had migrated from the southwest corner of Uganda, many fleeing the guns of war in the Congo.
Volunteers opened the large bundles and split open the top corners of the net packaging. Our Think Humanity staff trained the crowd on how to use a bed net properly and how to prevent malaria. Also during this training, there was a demonstration on how to use the bed net, the importance of tying it up during the day and how to repair it. (see videos below) 
The crowd divided into about six different groups, all led by the local chairperson from their villages. Each group had a handwritten list of names showing how many nets go to each family. One person in each group would call off the name and the person on the list would come forward to get their net(s). The local chairman was there in each group to see that the right people got the nets before that name was marked off the list. -videos below with list of donors:

In the end, to avoid littering, we collected all packaging and destroyed it by burning it behind the primary school distribution location.

The Success
The event went very smoothly. The only thing that happened is that some pregnant women whose names were not on the list, came requesting bed nets. Emmanuel, the TH healthcare director, had somebody go and get more bed nets from the clinic and personally handed those nets to the women. 

The Solution
We thank all the people who contributed to this MaNdate. There's a long list of names - you know who you are. Be proud. You have potentially saved the lives of 4,000 people. 

The Challenge
Although we had a very successful day and many lives will be saved, we unfortunately had many cases of malaria at our clinic. Young children and babies were coming in testing positive with malaria. Babies were unable to even drink their mother's breast milk because they were so weak. Some needed to be sent to a government hospital for transfusions, yet there was no blood available. We still need funding for treatment, but according to past surveys, providing bed nets has been proven to reduce cases of malaria up to 90 percent. A survey on this location will be provided in six months. I am confident in saying, that your donation has already made a difference in reducing incidences of malaria. 

Final comment 
“The best ways to save lives is getting prevention method. If someone gets malaria, it is more expensive to treat than buying a net.” – Nsabimana Emmanuel
How you can help: I want to help in the fight against malaria in Uganda: I want to help in the fight against malaria in Uganda
Uganda is representative of the immense problem that malaria poses for African countries.
Malaria is endemic in more than 95 percent of the country, with the highest malaria transmission intensities reported in the world. 
According to a report from the World Health Organization, Uganda has the world’s highest malaria incidence, with a rate of 478 cases per 1000 population per year. 
Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Uganda.

The photo above was taken January 18, 2013 in Wairagaza, Uganda. We gave out 1,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets. 
"To help save lives and provide hope for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa by improving provisions for healthcare, clean water, education and socio-economic development."
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bed Nets 4 Life --urgent request



This Christmas and holiday season, Think Humanity has an opportunity to purchase long- lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLIN) from our supplier for less than ever before.

If we can get donations for 1,000 nets, we can purchase the nets for only $4 each and potentially save the lives of 4,000 people/children. That is only $1 each person over the next 5 years of the life of the net.


$4,000 = 1,000 bed nets


(Previously called our Meds and Nets Program)

Protect and save children with bed nets:
Approximately 3,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa — a preventable disease. Studies show that when children sleep under a bed net, which protects them from being bitten by a mosquito while they sleep, their risk of being infected with malaria drops sharply. When everyone in a community sleeps under these new long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets, malaria-carrying mosquitoes start to die off, and the incidence of malaria infection is reduced.

Together, we can work to help eliminate malaria and provide more BedNets4Life to protect refugees in camps and underdeveloped commuities in Uganda. Insecticide is woven directly into the fabric of the nets, which can protect as many as four children for up to five years. Your support will help Think Humanity purchase and provide these bed nets to families that need them most, and training on how to properly use them to prevent malaria. In different areas of Uganda, Think Humanity has already distributed about 25,000 bed nets and has seen a dramatic 86 percent decline in malaria cases.

We thank you for your support. 

Act today to help eliminate malaria:

$20 can provide 5 nets and  protect  20 children
$40 can provide 10 nets and protect 40 children
$60 can provide 15  nets and  protect 60 children 
$100 can provide 25 nets and protect 100 children and their families.

Think Humanity is grateful for your support as we work alongside communities and refugee camps in Africa to prevent malaria and save children's lives.
Donate here with
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You can also visit the website @ www.thinkhumanity.org

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Simple Solution
Malaria is a disease of the blood that is transmitted to people by an infected female mosquito. Malaria infects and destroys red blood cells (anemia) and clogs the capillaries that carry blood to the brain (cerebral malaria) or to the vital organs.

The Ugandan Ministry of Health estimates that malaria kills 320 people in Uganda every day. This is based on reported cases, yet in rural villages many cases go unreported. 90 percent of malaria related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and a child under the age of five years dies from malaria every 30 seconds.

To tackle this problem, Think Humanity began assisting refugees with bed nets in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in May 2007. Since then, Think Humanity has expanded into other refugee camps, providing healthcare, water wells, education and socio-economic development projects.

At Think Humanity, instead of having an expatriate staff who may not fully understand the local context and way of operating, they engage local African leaders. They believe in empowering them to make the changes necessary in their communities.

THIS WEEKThink Humanity is looking to add nets to their bulk order, allowing them to purchase each net for close to $5. They use nets recommended by WHO that are LLIN (Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets). They are made to last for 5 years and have insecticide for extra protection.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

My bona fide life: Machine Gun Preacher and Think Humanity

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Milele Rafiki (Forever Friend) Bangles


Your purchase of this bracelet st will help buy uniforms for the 31 girls at the Think Humanity Girl's Hostel in Uganda. Domestic uniform includes a t-shirt, skirt and dress.

These colorful bangle bracelets are called "Milele Rafiki" because you can buy one for yourself and one for your rafiki (friend.) Pronounced: Mah-lay-lay Rah-fee-kee. Included in the bangles are mixtures of different types of beads. Beads are made from recycled paper, bone, painted clay, different seeds, glass and some have charms. All bangles have a Think Humanity paper bead to identify who you are supporting. There are small silver metal beads between the larger beads. The beads are all strung on strong elastic.
Try to specify whether you have small, medium or large wrists. Anklet size is also available. All donations from sales of the Milele Rafiki bangles will go towards the purchase of domestic uniforms for the 31 girls at the Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel in Hoima, Uganda. We need to sell 24 sets to purchase the uniforms.
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Think Humanity Girls' Hostel in Hoima Uganda

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Water is Life in Uganda- Think Humanity

Well Update and  possibilities for future wells. June 30, 2012
Thanks John Bagisha, Water and Sanitation for Think Humanity. We have kept you busy!

Great news in Kanenakumbe:
Kats Construction have gone down 15 meters and found lots of water! They will continue down to about 20 meters. They use a generator to pump water out of the hole so that they can continue to go deeper.

This well was tested to provide 3,000 liters of water an hour (3.7 liters in a gallon) That’s excellent!

John said that this well is so productive that people could fetch water all day, however they will give this well a resting period (on a time table) each day. The reason is that they want to make sure it’s well taken care of and not overused.

The location is perfect. It’s will serve many that live nearby and also the Chairman lives nearby. He’s an old and respected man who will monitor the well. They will have a “Water Source Committee.” This will serve a community of 2,000 to 3,000 people.

Tomorrow or Sunday they will dig deeper. Then Monday, June 1 – Wednesday they will finish up with the cement, pump, etc. Should be done next week before we arrive.

The plaque in memory of the donors is already finished and will be laid in the cement.

There's a possibility that these donors will donate towards a well in Karwabuhire.
There are 5 to 6 boreholes in Nalweyo that need repaired. One is near an orphanage but will also serve a community. I have the photo of that broken borehole.(see below) I’m very interested in that borehole near the orphanage – can be fixed for around $900. That repaired borehole would also service 2,000 people plus children at nearby schools. We hope to visit on our next trip.

We have a list of three additional wells that will need constructed.
1) Buhimbe on the road from Hoima to Kyangwali. (will visit)
2) Butanja before you arrive to Hoima on the Kampala Rd. (will visit)
3) Near the Girls’ Hostel. The one at the bottom of the pathway. (last photo below)

We can repair all five boreholes in Nalweyo for around $4,500 total and other wells will be around $3,500 each to construct.
Water source in Buhanika before the latest well was constructed
The new well was completed in June 2012 and is located near the Moonlight Primary School in Buhanika. It will serve as many as 2,000 people from that village.
New well in Buhanika near Moonlight Primary School
Dean and Brenda Rice recently donated towards a new well in a village called Kanenakumbe. It's near Hoima Town in Uganda.
Here is the water source before the new well

The well is not completed yet but should be in a couple of weeks. The donors have provided this well in memory of Raymond and Rita Weishaar of Kansas.

The Kanenakumbe well is progressing and should be completed by mid-July
If the donors are pleased with the above well, they will donate towards a second well in Karwabuhire.
Karwabuhire location. Present water source.

This is a borehole that I am passionate about getting repaired. We can get this repaired for $900. This well serves children at the Pelagia Orphanage in Nalweyo, Kibala District western Uganda. It will help other children at nearby schools and 2,000 village people. Please help us fund this repair!
Lastly, we would like to construct a well near the Think Humanity Girls' Hostel. This child was collecting water the day I walked up the road to visit our girls.

"Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink."  John 7:37 

Think Humanity has constructed 2 wells in Kyangwali Refugee Camp, 3 wells in Kyaka II Refugee Camp, a well near the Morning Star Christian School in Hoima, a well in Buhanika, a repaired borehole in Nalweyo and now the well in Kanenakumbe which is nearly finished. Please help us provide a safe and accessible water source (pump wells) to those in need.

Beth Heckel