Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jewelry for Jenipher - second annual

Second Annual Jewelry for Jenipher fundraising event to be held at the same location as 2009 - Holiday Inn Express in Loveland off I-25 near the Budweiser Event Center and Resurrection Fellowship Church at 6092 E. Crossroads Blvd. We will be selling jewelry, purses and handmade baskets all made in Uganda by Acholi women in the Acholi Quarter Camp for Internally Displaced Persons. The proceeds will go towards funding teenage refugee girl education. Visit the Girls' Hoima Hostel Project on our website to learn more.

In memory of the late Jenipher Barega who died November 17, 2009 from complications with malaria and typhoid. These are preventable and treatable diseases. Visit our website to see what we are doing to make a positive change.

Jenipher was the president of our girls' hostel and her dream was to help girls to get an education and to help orphans. Her father was burned in his hut by rebels when she was six year old. In Africa, you ...are considered an orphan when you have lost a parent. Our leader Jenipher had big dreams, but left us much too early. Let's keep her legacy and dreams alive.

Think Humanity will be selling handmade items made by refugee women in Africa. Items for sale are recycled paper beaded jewelry, baskets, artwork and sling purses. We will be raising money to pay one year's rent for 55 teenage girls living at a hostel so that they can get an education. Girls make up nearly 60 percent of the children out of school in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where only one in five girls gets any education at all. Think Humanity wants to change that statistic.

Also it is our desire to encourage women to start their own businesses and to learn a trade so that they can become self-reliant. When we purchase the handmade items from the Acholi women, they can afford to educate their children and to buy food.

Think Humanity has distributed bed nets to their entire community and also provided them with several treadle sewing machines so that teenage mothers can learn a trade.

This cycle benefits everybody! 1) We buy from the Acholi women to help them educate and feed their children. 2) We sell the products in the USA to raise money for TH projects. 3) When you buy the products you can give them as gifts. 4) We send 100% of the money back to help refugees with healthcare, education and self-sustaining projects.

This event is in honor of the late Jenipher. Won't you help us educate and empower girls? Thanks. Beth Heckel, Executive Director

You can also purchase items on anytime at

Making clean water more accessible to women and children by building more wells

"In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities." - Charity Water

In October 2010 Think Humanity built their first well in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda. This was possible by a grant from Global Healing. More than 1,000 refugees will benefit. Before people would wait hours for the water to come from the small spring. Animals used the same water and it was unclean.  During the day the lines were long so many times people would go to fetch water in the night and sleep near the site with their gerry cans.

Now there is enough water to provide refugees with water for drinking, cooking, showering and to wash their clothes.
The community was so grateful. They are going to maintain the area and keep it clean.
Thank you Global Healing for the well in the Kinyakeitaka Village.

NOW --we want to build a second well in the Muninsa Village. This will provide water for more than 1,000 people at about $3 each person for the life of the well.
Help us build this second well in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in western Uganda.

To donate towards the Maji ni Uzima water project you can visit this link: