Saturday, October 31, 2009

Improving Basic Human Rights for Girl Refugees In Africa | World Pulse

Improving Basic Human Rights for Girl Refugees In Africa World Pulse

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Think Humanity, "a positive change for refugees in Africa" | The News is

Think Humanity, "a positive change for refugees in Africa" The News is

Three Types of People in the World - Be a "Life Enhancer!"

Three Types of People in the World – Be a “Life Enhancer!”
“There are three kinds of people in the world today,” Disney said. “There are ‘well poisoners,’ who discourage you and stomp on your creativity and tell you what you can’t do. There are ‘lawn mowers’ – people who are well- intentioned but self-absorbed; they tend to their own needs, mow their own lawns and never leave their yards to help another person. Finally, there are ‘life enrichers’ – people who reach out to enrich the lives of others, to lift them up and inspire them. We need to be life enrichers, and we need to surround ourselves with life enrichers.”A Life EnricherWalt Disney once wrote that there are three kinds of people:”well-poisoners,” “lawnmowers,” and “life-enhancers.”He said “well-poisoners” are the negative types who put other people down and try to discourage them from achieving their dreams. They’re people who should be avoided and whose advice should be ignored. “Lawnmowers” are good citizens who keep up their own yards but seldom venture beyond their back fence. They go to work each day, pay their bills and taxes, obey the laws, and maintain their property but seldom volunteer or get involved in their community.Then there are “life-enhancers”. These are the people who really make life worth living. They go out of their way to enhance the lives of others with encouraging words and deeds.I share a similar mission in life: to be a person I refer to as a “life-enricher,” an encourager, someone who motivates people to always have hope. All of us have opportunities every day to be life-enrichers. It’s as simple as offering a word of encouragement; volunteering our time, talents and treasure to enrich our schools, churches, government or community; or writing a note of thanks to a teacher, a pastor, a public servant or volunteer.God calls us to be life-enrichers. “Well-poisoners” try to build themselves up by tearing others down but never achieve relief from their misery. Many “lawnmowers” may achieve material success and even respect in this world. But people who serve others will be first in God’s kingdom.We all need to spend time mowing our lawns. But take some time from mowing to get out of your own yard and take a few simple steps to be a life-enricher. Thank your child’s teacher, let your children know you’re proud of them, lend your neighbor a hand, volunteer at your church, be a mentor, help with a fund-raiser, put your talents to work for a charity, give blood, invite somebody to dinner, write a note of congratulations to a friend or relative who has achieved something special.You’ll be amazed at how your word of encouragement or giving a helping hand can have a dramatic impact on enriching another’s life – and your own!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

One Net - Four Children - Five Dollars

Photo credit to Stacey Frumm.

Today is World Poverty Day. The main mission of Think Humanity is: “Joining in the fight against malaria by providing refugees with resources and manpower.” We have provided more than 8,000 mosquito nets (LLIN) to refugees in Africa. WHY CONNECT MALARIA AND POVERTY? UN economists identified malaria as one of the top four causes of poverty. Every year it kills millions of people and is estimated to cost the African economy $30 billion per year (more than 500 million per year get malaria). Professor Jeffrey Sachs (read the End of Poverty) believes ending malaria is the most important priority in lifting Africa out of poverty. PLEASE DONATE $5 to buy a net and protect four children from malaria for five years! That’s only 1.25 per child.100% of the funds specified towards mosquito nets will be used to buy nets for MaNdate 7 Christmas 2009.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

E3 Day Empower. Educate. Effect!

The BQC is proud to announce EDay to Empower, Educate, and Effect the lives of women around the globe.All Day: We will be hosting Think Humanity's artisan sales. Think Humanity is changing lives of women by providing refugee girls with an education, rent, food and medication; therefore encouraging advancement, empowerment, confidence, self-reliance and roles in leadership positions. Through education it will change the cultures misconception that women are inferior to men. Our girls have been able to recognize their rights and freedoms within the African society and therefore eventually advancing women and ending gender bias and discrimination.

Also Jeanne Ratzloff of PeopleWeaver,, will be selling baskets made by refugee women. She is the founder of the Kyangwali Women's Microcredit Business Loans Project.9am-9:55am: Yoga for Survivors. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and whether or not it's happened to you, you've probably felt its effects. Hollie's is designing a special class filled with poses to help you release your fear and embrace your power. She will also be collecting donations for the Safehouse so please support this important event.4pm to 6pm: Protect Yourself :: Ladies Night. This free event is open to women interested in learning how to protect themselves in uncertain times. Scalable responses for real-world applicability in defeating larger attackers, de-escalating potential violence, and getting home safely. 3rd degree black belt Mary Casey teaches this powerful seminar drawing on her years as a rape and family violence crisis volunteer, her adventures in scary locations throughout the world, and her twelve years exploring the secret arts of the ninja. Invite your friends and make this the best girl's night out! No martial experience needed--just the desire to know more about protecting yourself and your loved ones.

Contact:Mary Casey, President

Boulder Quest Center

1200 Yarmouth AveBoulder, CO 80304

(303) 440-3647

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Girl's Hoima Hostel

Girl’s Hoima Hostel, COBURWAS Club and Think Humanity. A partnership to help girls with their education.
•When and why formed: Think Humanity, a positive change for refugees in Africa was formed as a 501c3 in December, 2007. The Girl’s Hoima Hostel project is a project to help girl refugees get an education. The idea was organized in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp through the great leadership of the COBURWAS Club. The mission of COBURWAS Club is to unite, transform and develop communities in Africa through education, social entrepreneurship, volunteerism and humanitarianism. In 2008 the hostel consisted of 17 girls and 10 boys, but in February 2009 they separated males and females and this hostel is now 65 girls. Girls hold all leadership positions. The boys now have a separate hostel project. The girl’s project was formed because in the African culture girls are mistreated and their educational rights are abused. Twelve years and 80,000 refugees in the camp and no girls had ever finished A level (senior 5 and 6). The hostel was created to improve the lives of girl refugees so that they can get an education, start speaking for themselves, empower them and to give women emancipation. •Mission: The mission is that our girls will attend the best schools in Hoima District. By getting an education it will change the lives of girl refugees who have in the past only married, had children and labored hard by digging/farming.
•Accomplishments: 1) 65 girls are going to the best schools in the district. 2) Girls have been able to recognize their rights and freedoms. 3) the girls are the best students in their schools, even competing with Ugandan nationals. Mahoro Tisia is the top student at Kitara Secondary School out of 600 students. 4) Our girls are learning about leadership and management. President Jenipher Barega was chosen at her school to work with the school administration. These girls are also becoming great speakers in the refugee camp and also at their schools and other organizations, such as Coburwas Club and Think Humanity. 5) They are learning spiritual guidance and counseling. 5) They are competing in sports such as football (soccer).
•Main activities: Some of the activities that these girls are involved in are sports. They run as a group every Saturday morning. They do community work such as visiting orphans and people with HIV/AIDS. The girls wash clothing and take them food. They visit hospitals to comfort others. They use drama, debate and acting as a way to teach, train and educate about issues such as HIV/AIDS and the importance of educational roles for women. All girl students must attend school. They have a strict schedule which requires them to study every night between 7:30-10:30. They get up at 4:30 a.m. to study before school and eat breakfast. They go to school at 7:00 a.m. Every Saturday the girls have to clean their bedding, clothing and uniforms. They have chapel every evening after supper between 6:30 and 7:30. It is required to attend all activities.
•Top priorities in the next year and importance: Rent is the top priority because without rent there can be no education. The girls need a place to stay while living in the nearest town to the refugee settlement. Otherwise, in the settlement camp there are no quality secondary schools where they can get their education. Tuition, transport, food and medication are also high priorities. Think Humanity is committed to helping the Girl’s Hoima Hostel in partnership with COBURWAS Club. We deeply miss the leadership, great volunteerism and dedication of James Kazini who was recently resettled in Canada to help his aunt and her three girls.The hostel is in good hands with Jenipher, Tamari, Sarah and Consolatrice, to name a few. These are also leaders in the COBURWAS Club, a great organization that is changing the face of Africa through great service to others.Sincerely,Beth HeckelThink Humanity

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Water Project in memory of Rabecca

In memory of , Rabecca, Think Humanity is donating all September general donations and fundraising donations towards a water project at the Coburwas Learning Centre.

Americans For Philanthropy donations will help us purchase two 8,000 liter water tanks, but we will also need cement, bricks, sand, piping, labor and transport. Right now the borehole near our school is broken and clean water is not available. With our project, piping will be placed on the tin sheet roofing allowing rain water to drain into the water storage tanks.

If you wish to donate to the Rabecca Clean Water Project in her memory, you can do so by visiting this link DONATE. Help us provide quality water to the children at CLC. This will reduce cholera, typhoid and parasites in children. No donation is too small—100% of your donation will go towards this project.

Think Humanity-Acholi Women partner to raise money for refugees

Think Humanity has partnered with a group of women from Uganda that live in the Acholi Quarter Camp for Internally Displaced Persons. Parents of night commuter children in Gulu, known in the USA as the “Invisible Children," are making beads to help earn family income and sustain a community financed food-aid program for their children. We purchase the jewelry from them and they benefit, but then we sell in the USA at a reasonable profit. 100% of the money then goes back to help with Think Humanity projects. It will then benefit those refugees displaced from war-affected countries living in Uganda in refugee settlement camps.We not only are help to build a small economy in Uganda, but at the same time help our own self-sustainable projects in refugee camps.