Sunday, December 18, 2011

Get Girls Into School - Think Humanity


Shown are girls from the Kyangwali Refugee Camp that have benefited from the hostel/education in 2011
 The Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel begins a new year in January 2012 and will bring 30 new girls from refugee and underdeveloped communities together under one roof, where they will have access to secondary education.
Without the opportunity to study further, these children are likely to get married at a young age, earn low incomes, have large families they cannot support, and thus continue the cycle of poverty and under-development.

This project attempts to break that cycle. The children will not only gain access to secondary education, but they will be supported through additional tutoring, educational seminars, entrepreneurship skills training, leadership development, physical activities/sports, access to health care, and peace-building activities.
Our goal is not simply to give girls an education, but to give them the skills and tools necessary to succeed in life and give back to their communities. After all, they know their communities and the problems better than we do.

Of course, a project like this takes money. Education is a long term investment that requires initial capital – but the outcome is worth it. Education, and particularly female education, is a proven way for countries to develop and reduce poverty.

Please help us to educate young girls. We will have a link up soon where you can meet all our girls. Most of them are orphans, some have one parent, but all are waiting for this opportunity of a lifetime. -Charity Watson, Project Sponsor

What it will cost to sponsor a girl in 2012.
2012 Girl Education Cost Breakdown

Rent $75.00

Health Care $30.00

Transportation $25.00

Uniform $15.00

Firewood/Water/Electricity $10.00

Food Support $25.00

Books/School Supplies $20.00

Total for 2012 $200.00
Think Humanity will cover other expenses such as toiletries, IDs, cook, initial expenses such as beds, cooking utensils, furniture for study room and library and any overages/unforeseen expenses.

Funding for a student can be made in one payment or in installments.

Visit this fundraising link to Donate to "Get Girls Into School",

or Think Humanity, 2880 Spring Mountain Dr. Loveland, CO 80537

"The world may be better because you made a difference in the life of a child."

"Education for girls has been identified as one of the best solutions to reversing the relentless trend of poverty and disease." - UN Chronicle

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What Bono Taught Me About AIDS and Justice (World AIDS Day)

What Bono Taught Me About HIV/AIDS and Justice

In 2006 I had the opportunity to attend a Global Leadership Summit that was hosted by the Willow Creek Association.

Bill Hybels, founding pastor at Willow Creek Community Church interviewed Bono. Bono, an Irish rockstar? This combination seemed interestingly odd, yet ended up being a life-changing experience for me; an eye-opener to poverty and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

He commented on how the church had been inexcusably late to the game at fighting poverty and treatable diseases, adding that people are judgmental about the AIDS virus. Bono gave an example: If you came up to a car accident and the injured driver was drunk, do you help him or judge him and let him die? No, we have to act!

Bono said, “Love thy neighbor is not advice. It’s a command. In a global community, the poor and the disadvantaged in Africa are our neighbors." He quoted Matthew 25:45: “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."

He added, "Our purpose is to bring Heaven to Earth. The world is not a happy place for most people living on it." Bono wrapped it up with this statement: "Your charity is important, but your passion for justice is needed. I'm asking for your voice and for you to give permission to fix these problems that are fixable. It's not a burden, it's an's an adventure."

Within a year, Think Humanity became a nonprofit organization and our adventure began!

Think Humanity has done what little we can with our resources to help with AIDS sufferers in Uganda, but we can do more. Other clinics in Hoima charge $6 for a lab testing strip, but we provide this service free to those who cannot pay. When we do charge, it is only equal to the manufacturer's price of $2.

Think Humanity has held special meetings in Kyangwali Refugee Camp with the people that are suffering with HIV/AIDS. Some of the things we have done is to listen to their problems, which gives them hope and encouragement. We also give them items such as mosquito nets, soap and salt.

If you wish to help make a difference on World AIDS Day
1) learn more facts,
2) volunteer to help with a local organization (In Northern Colorado there is NCAP) or
3) a small donation to Think Humanity for test strips, bed nets or soap.
4) or to organizations, such as Global Fund.
Enjoy this day of remembrance and awareness, but know that beyond this day, any hope for a better world is to work towards compassion, love and fairness for all people regardless of where they live, what they do and who they are. - Beth Heckel, Think Humanity Founder

You ARE your brother's keeper and "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The above photo was taken in Kyangwali Refugee Camp during a day of hope for HIV/AIDS sufferers.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Think Humanity Morning Star Well


Another Think Humanity well is under construction. This well is near the Morning Star Secondary School in Hoima. This is the first well that Think Humanity has constructed outside of a refugee settlement camp.
The importance of this well is due to all the children coming to our clinic with typhoid. The water situation was unfavorable in this location; the results was illnesses and disease.
The well is not too far from the Think Humanity Health Centre. When we were treating our sponsored students for typhoid, the decision was made to have this well constructed to prevent more cases. Thank you to the donors who helped provide this well.

Bob and Pat Troeltzsch
Namaqua Universalist Unitarian Congregation
Kent and Patty Mills
and Albertha Moorlag

Shown with the beginning steps of the well is Amani Nkoma Jean-Paul, Think Humanity Program Director. JP said that the only challenge in construction has been too much water due to their rainy season.

The well was dug without hitting rock. This well should produce plenty of water for the students and surrounding community. Ideally we would like 4,000 liters per day, would provide enough drinking water for 2,000 people per day.
If you are interested in helping Think Humanity to construct another well, you can do so by visiting this link:
or visit our website at
Thank you to AFP for the event "It's a Small World" held in Diablo, CA in October. We are so grateful for your donation.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Women's Health Day

“I see their humanity”

-Charity Watson, Think Humanity

On Thursday October 27, 2011, Think Humanity its first Women’s Health Day. We brought 21 women from Kyangwali Refugee Settlement to be treated at our clinic. Well, we thought 21 were coming, but of course nothing is ever as planned in Africa – or in life… with 2 extra plus 4 children, our total was 27, with 3 men in the mix. We had worked with a local pastor in the refugee settlement to bring those who really needed treatment – and all those who came, women and men, were badly off.

You see, yes, the refugee settlement has a clinic, but they can receive upwards of 200 patients a day. They are not adequately staffed and equipped for those numbers. And they don’t give people the treatment they need. They don’t LISTEN to what is wrong. The clinical officers start writing before the patient can even explain – fever, chills, aches – Next. So, the patients get malaria meds and panadol (painkillers) and are sent home. No one ever investigates what is actually going on. So they go home and let the diseases and problems fester a little longer. Get a little more complicated. Maybe get a few more to add to the mix. And the patients all too often cannot do anything. They have children, homes – they dig in the garden every day so they can at least make some money – But not enough money to pay the transport to the nearest town, much less pay for treatment at a clinic there.

So that’s what we’re trying to do. Find out what is ACTUALLY wrong and then treat it – to listen to the patients- To get the lab tests that need to be done. But, it takes time. It takes time to translate back and forth and forth and back. I cannot translate. I cannot treat. I help where I can. I talk to people about preventative health – you can treat someone for a disease, but they must be EDUCATED, otherwise they return home and get it again. But how can I educate when people are in pain? When first, they just need treatment.

Typhoid. Brucellosis. Syphilis. Malaria. STIs. UTIs. Infected Wounds. Swelling. Cysts. Possible cancer….

Most with a combination of 3 or 4. Literally people’s bodies breeding grounds for disease. I can’t help but want to wash my hands every 5 minutes. To bathe in hand sanitizer.

But when I look into someone’s eyes – ah the eyes truly are the windows to the soul. I see their pain. I see their humanity. I see that they are no different than I. That we are on this earth together. So I do what I can. I use the Kinyabwisha/Kinyarwanda that I know – because at least they can laugh at me butchering the language. I carry a baby on my back. I get water – food – for otherwise they’ll just go the whole day without eating and drinking. I drive patients to get ultrasound and x-ray (Not sure I will EVER drive here again).

But for the true work done I am so grateful…the doctors – the nurses - everyone who helped to translate – they worked so hard to make sure these people got actual treatment. And they are still working hard, as treatment continues for many of the patients. But, there is always hope. People are getting better, gahoro gahoro.

There will always be hope as long as we see each other. We don’t all have to love everyone, we don’t have to go to far away countries – we just need to see one another. To see someone’s eyes. To see the humanity in them.

Women's Health Day

Think Humanity USA
2880 Spring Mountain Dr.
Loveland, CO 80537 USA (970) 667-9335/214-1299
Isaka Kijungu –Military Rd.
P.O. Box 219
Hoima, Uganda 0782170643 or 0790910221

Think Humanity is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our federal tax identification number is 26-1635429

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Water is Essential to Life

This is where the people were getting water previous to the new well being built in SweSwe Village, Kyaka II Refugee Camp in western Uganda.

As we started down the hill towards the new well we were greeted by many women and children going up the hill carrying full gerry cans on their heads.

Think Humanity donations made it possible to build this well in SweSwe, a village in Kyaka II refugee camp that was so desperate for water. Smiles!!


Nothing is Richer than Hope

Think Humanity “a positive change to refugees and communities in Africa.”

A special thanks to all that donated towards bed nets for the villages of Katikara and Nalweyo in Uganda.

The event was the most organized and successful one we have ever had and this is our eleventh one!

The leader in Nalweyo said that malaria is the most sensitive issue that concerns life and asked us to give more nets to people that were not registered on our distribution list. He also asked that we give nets to those in the village with HIV/AIDS so 60 nets were set aside for those people. The people all clapped in gratitude. He thanked us on behalf of the government because it helps to reduce the problem of malaria. They said they will let the communities know what Think Humanity is and that they are all now agents of TH.  He said, “This is not the government but a helping NGO. Thank you donors who did not let us down. Our community is very cooperative”

He ended by saying, “Nothing is richer than hope."
Special thanks to the donors of MaNdate 11.

Joe and Deb Bergholz
Will and Cathy Reents
Dunn Elementary, Fort Collins, CO
Katie and Grayson Smith
Rotary Club of Roseville, CA
Eric and Kim Paulsen
Westside Christian School
Bill Temple
Jim Heckel
Karen Sawdy
Linda Kirscht
…and others

Please continue saving lives!

 Thank you volunteers for MaNdate 11

Emmanuel, Jean-Paul, Jonas, Bagisha
Jimmy, Joe, Jim, Beth, Doreen
Robinah, Moses, Asolomon
Benjamin, Godwin, Job, Baraka
Joseph, Stuart, Danus and Oliver.

Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa

 Think Humanity USA
2880 Spring Mountain Dr.
Loveland, CO 80537 USA   (970) 667-9335/214-1299

Sunday, June 26, 2011

10% off Etsy Store, now until July 2 with Coupon Code "Summer"

Visit our Etsy Store at between now and July 2 to get your 10% off and also take advantage of our great sales!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New(er) Mission Statement - updated after more than 3 years

"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 developement."

Uganda Recycled Paper Bead Bracelet Africa Fair Trade
Acholi Bracelet Band, recycled paper

Check out ebay for jewelry sales. Hope to sell all ten of these before we leave for Uganda. It's difficult when we are away because we lose money that we could be earning to pay for medication, doctors, nurses and lab technicians.

Acholi Bracelet Band, recycled paper
Acholi Bracelet Band, recycled paper
Acholi Bracelet Band, recycled paper
Acholi Bracelet Band, recycled paper
Picture credits to Sam Rogers and Iman Woods.
Each multi-colored band bracelet is uniquely made and no two beads are the same. The bracelets pictured may be slightly different than what you receive.The size varies, so please specify whether your wrist is small, medium or large. The band bracelet is made from recycled paper beads with blue, red or black glass beads between the paper beads. Visit the website for more information at
Note: It is best to keep your beaded jewelry from getting wet. They are water resistant, but not water-proof, which means that splashing when washing will not hurt them, but dipping into water over a period of time can cause them to become sticky. If your items breaks, please let us know and we will make it right. We cannot fix your jewelry because they are made in Uganda, but we will do our best to replace it with something similar.

Think Humanity has partnered with a group of women from Uganda that live in the Acholi Quarter Camp for Internally Displaced Persons. We personally know these women. We are not simply purchasing jewelry in local shops or at the airport like many do. These women 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 are helping to build a small economy in Uganda, but at the same time helping our own self-sustainable projects in refugee camps.


The jewelry is made out of tightly rolled colored recycled paper. For example, the women receive donated outdated corporate calendars to use for their paper beads.
By purchasing Acholi products you are helping refugees in IDP and UNHCR camps.

How Think Humanity identifies Fair Trade:

1) Fighting poverty;
2) Building sustainable businesses;
3) Empowering women;
4)Supporting education; and
5) Helping the environment by recycling.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Health and Healing in Africa


According to the stituation of the climate change that has brought the problem of global warming, it has brought in very many diseases to breakout where by very many diseases have taken lives of many Africans and in the world at large.

As for as solving the root cause and finding the possible solution to above mentioned problems; by creating a Think Humanity Nursing School (nurse education)  in a region can simply solve both physical, ecconomical and spiritually, plus mental problems that are currently in local societies. This project will  empower and train young generations to be part of the solution through gaining knowledge and skills to solve to save and to serve the community.
Please cast a vote for Jonas' project by going to the ChangeMakers link and clicking the "like" button. Thank you, Beth Heckel. 

Nteziyaremye Jonas

Thursday, June 2, 2011

On the Ground in Africa, by Africans, for Africans.

Yes, it's good news and all done on the ground in Africa, by Africans, for Africans. It took a couple years to get to this point, but it was well planned out.

It first started with helping refugee students with healthcare. Students were getting malaria, typhoid and other illnesses. It didn't cost much to treat these diseases, only students and their families just didn't have the money.
First we sent the students to the Azur Christian Clinic, which really helped so much. Then we had a volunteer RN who worked out of her little room to help students. We would purchase the medication and she would prescribe and treat.
Finally, we opened a health center that is licensed and open 24 hours a day to help treat refugee students studying 50 miles from the camp, young children and women from Kyangwali Refugee Camp and now we even give treatment to the community.
I am very proud of the African Team for making this dream a reality.
Emmanuel, Jean-Paul, John and Jonas. Thank you so much for all your dedication to see a vision and make it happen.
God will bless you for all you have done to help your community.
Good news in Africa!! A positive change - made possible by strong, motivated and very dedicated Africans. Empowerment by working as a team.

Jonas, John, Jean-Paul and Emmanuel

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day Specials on Etsy - Free shipping word "Mother."

Think Humanity is observing Mother's Day with specials on our Etsy Store. For all the mothers around the world who have sacrificed for their children. Please check out the specials - some buy one get one free, discounts and free shipping with the code "MOTHER." This special last through Mother's Day.

Think Humanity has been assisting refugees since May 2007 and we became an established non-profit in December 2007.

Think Humanity was created to provide relief, support and hope for a promising future to refugees in Africa.
Our mission is threefold:

- Joining in the fight against malaria

- Providing love, comfort and security to orphaned children

- Creating an overall positive change for refugees

In sub-Saharan Africa, a child under the age of 5 dies from malaria every 30 seconds.

Think Humanity helped fund the construction of a school in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp, a livestock project and garden through donations and fund-raising.

Think Humanity also provides rent, utilities, medication and school supplies to teenage girl refugees by renting a hostel 50 miles away from the refugee camp.

Think Humanity has also provided other services in refugee camps such as; distributing birthing kits to expectant mothers, giving shoes to refugee children, helping individual secondary students with their education, mosquito nets distributions and medical treatment at our Health Centre in Hoima, Uganda.

Think Humanity has a clean water project called Maji Ni Uzima (Water is Life) and we are building wells in refugee camps in Uganda.

We are a registered NGO in Uganda. Think Humanity Health Centre has just opened in Hoima District in Uganda where we help with anti-malarials, typhoid, STDs and many other illnesses and diseases.
Your purchase helps us with these projects.

The Acholi women that made our jewelry, purses and baskets are also refugees in the Acholi Quarter Camp in Uganda. They are internally displaced due to war in their country. We support the women of Life in Africa who are working to become self-sustainable to provide for their children.
Refugees are 80 percent women and children and spend an average of 17 years displaced.
Please read about our projects on the Think Humanity website.

Dying Slowly; how life goes in a refugee camp. Kyaka II Refugee Camp

An article on Kyaka II Refugee Camp, a camp where Think Humanity has been working to improve conditions for refugees. In 2011 we have built two clean water wells, distributed bed nets, gave birthing kits, shoes and school supplies. To help us in Kyaka II, please visit the website and donate. Specify where you would like your donation to go.
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Kampala (Uganda), August 2009. Kyaka II refugee settlement lays on a vast area amidst the lush and green-painted hills of western Uganda. This is home to roughly 16,000 refugees, mostly coming form the DRC, Sudan and Rwanda. These people are part of the 31 million under the formal responsibility of the UNHCR: the size of an average European country, a country without borders and without official representatives.

Young refugees - Kyaka II Refugee camp, Uganda

Joseph has been living in Kyaka II for nine years, his degree has no recognition in Uganda so he cannot work. He sleeps under a hut that he made himself with wood and mud and covered with a piece of white plastic provided by the United Nations, just like any other hut around the camp. The United Nations also give him a monthly ration of maize flour and rice, which is only enough for the first three weeks. Joseph manages to find the rest by digging the small maize field he was assigned, the economy here is exclusively rural. I ask him how he arrived in Kyaka II: he escaped on foot for 500 Kilometers through the Congolese forest; half of his family was taken away by war and he lost contact with the other half after a fire destroyed the hut he lived before, burning his address book and mobile phone. Joseph tells his story calmly, as if he is talking about someone else.

Central-Eastern Africa has been hit by two of the most violent conflicts in the recent history of the continent: the Rwandese 1994 genocide and the Second Congo War, which, not surprisingly, is best known as Africa’s World War. As a result, Kyaka II, like other camps in the area, is melting pot of people from different backgrounds, languages and cultures. It is a potentially explosive mix of victims and murderers, rapists and innocents. The overall community does not seem to decrease, as recent fights in the North Kivu and in Kenya following the 2007 elections are securing fresh inflows of refugees. Since most of the people inside the camp lost their family ties and bonds, traditional networks of support are being replaced by fragile and shaky newly-built household networks. This is a reason why social cohesion is not strong enough to provide support to everybody and prevent conflicts.
Many refugees, especially women, are nevertheless trying to work together and see themselves as being all on the same boat, helped by humanitarian projects carried on in the camp. For instance, a group of two dozens of women is making sanitary pads in a small factory funded by the UNHCR. Unfortunately, such kind of projects are too few and uncoordinated to effectively help the whole community.

What strikes me more about refugees’ life is the extreme shakiness they are forced into. In one of the tiny villages of the settlement live some Rwandese families, their kids are scratching about at the time they are supposed to be at a camp school, in one of those classrooms with one teacher and one hundred pupils. I ask their parents about it, and their answer, faultless and logic, sounds something like: “We are waiting to be repatriated, it makes no sense to pay the school fees if we are going back to Rwanda soon.” The problem is that none of them was told the day of repatriation, it could be a matter of two months or two years. Hence, for two months or for two years, their kids are not going to school.

Refugee woman, Kyaka II Refugee camp, Uganda

The existence of refugees entirely depends on the intermittent and unpredictable repatriation arrangements between the government of their home country, the Ugandan officials and the United Nations. Planning a future in Uganda is impossible for them: finding a job outside the camp (the necessary condition to exit from it) is too hard, not to talk about achieving the Ugandan citizenship. So, most of them remain inside the settlement, where at least they have their food ration. Unfortunately, for many of them, life inside the camp can turn into a hell.

Patrick, for instance, is a 32 years old man who escaped from the North Kivu. As he reached the Ugandan border, he was put on a UNHCR vehicle and taken to Kyangwale refugee camp, where he found the very persons that killed his parents and burnt his house back in the Congo. They threatened him to death and they burnt his hut, forcing him to sleep every night in a different place. After months, he succeeded to be transferred to another camp: he is now in Kyaka II. However, Patrick is not feeling safe even here, he wishes he could escape to a new country. His voice trembles as he tells me that he is trying not to reveal his origin to anyone, but such a discretion is impracticable here, and intrinsically dodgy. Anyway, between one escape and the other, he found the time to get a wife, but it didn’t work out for the best: he chose a woman from a different ethnic group, which made him lose the support of his companions.

Safety problems like the ones of Patrick are quite common inside the camp, together with rapes, robberies and arsons. For this reason, the settlement administration was recently entrusted to a military commandant, who gets his wage from both the Ugandan government and the UNHCR. No accident, then, that all Ugandan refugee settlements are built next to military bases.

Outside the commandant office I meet Baunda, a Congolese man from the South Kivu who has been living in Kyaka II for a whole fifteen years. The camp, he tells me, is like a prison without locks and gates, where life is in a state of oblivion. I dare to ask him to compare his life in the Congo with the one in the camp. This is his answer: “I had to make a choice: staying in the Congo and dying suddenly or escaping and dying slowly. I chose to die slowly.”

Dying slowly: how life goes in a refugee camp

In Africa, Migration on January 11, 2010 by admin Tagged: Africa's world war, Kyaka II, North Kivu, refugee camp, Uganda, United Nations

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Malaria: Baby Aimee | You and Me Magazine

Malaria: Baby Aimee You and Me Magazine

When she sees my white skin, she presses her fat face into her mother's breasts and shakes her head. She hides and waits. But I do not go away.

She does not sense a threat, but I look strange and it startles her.
She waits a few breaths longer, and then her tiny shoulders relax and her head creaks to the right, allowing one eye to look while protecting the second.
It is as if I can hear this 1-year-old child's thoughts: "I was named after a 'Mzungu,' a white person? This is Aimee?"
I answer her thoughts with a smile.
She was born last year, when I visited the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in western Uganda to write a news article about humanitarian aid. Her mother, who I had interviewed, went into labor as my taxi pulled away. When I found out through e-mail they named her after me, I promised to return for her first birthday.
She is in my arms now, on my lap facing away from me. Her tight, tiny black braids stick out like spiders from her head. She is sucking on her dirty baby fingers, wearing a pink gingham dress my mother picked out at Target back home. Baby Aimee is humming, or maybe crying a little because she is suffering from malaria, again.
Her body is heavy with fever, and it makes my heart heavy, too. I know back at the camp in my backpack I have an envelope of $50, emergency cash I brought on my trip. Back home, the money could buy me new shoes, or pay my long overdue electric bill. But here, it could save my goddaughter's life, again and again. This small amount of money makes me feel like a superhero. I look malaria in the face and scoff arrogantly. This stupid mosquito-borne disease is not only treatable, but preventable. Yet it takes an estimated one child's life every 30 seconds in Africa. Inexcusable deaths. I feel movement over my left shoulder. My eyes leave Baby Aimee for a moment, and they skip over a crowd of faces staring at me in curious silence. Bodies of dirty refugee children push through the glassless window. My eyes stop on the eerie yellow eyes of one boy: he has malaria, too. I notice another set of malaria eyes. And another. Suddenly, I feel like I am spinning.
I jerk back to look at the baby on my lap. She plucks one sticky finger out of her mouth and waves it distractedly through the air, like she is conducting the galaxy of mosquitoes and red dust particles in the classroom where we sit. Without the finger plugs, her hum is a little louder. She leans back gently against my chest and I pull her tighter. I can see her sweaty dark cheeks from above, and how her forehead sticks out farther than her chin. Her lashes sweep through the air like black birds. This silly baby, this sticky, sweaty, sick human humming and sucking on her fingers is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
I ignore the other eyes drilling through the back of my head. I have to.
"I will protect you, baby. Nothing will ever hurt you."
Then I start to cry.

Bahati Aimee, age 1 year

Monday, April 11, 2011

World Malaria Day - Get the coupon code for free shipping on Etsy Store

This young girl, with a child tied to her back, is grateful for a mosquito net. (photo credits Stacey Frumm, Think Humanity net distribution in Rwenyawawa Village, Kyangwali Refugee Camp, Uganda)

Think Humanity is preparing for World Malaria Day

April 25, 2011 and celebrating the many lives that have been saved from malaria!

15,000 bed nets have been given out so far, but many more are still needed.

On April 25, Think Humanity is observing World Malaria Day. This is also a chance for you to make a difference. Think Humanity has made progress on malaria prevention since 2007, but there is much more to do to stop the spread of this preventable and curable disease.

In the refugee camps where we have provided bed nets, the incidences of malaria have been reduced up to 93 percent! We still have many villages begging for nets. Our goal before July 2011 is to provide 3,000 nets to the community of Kitakara in Uganda. These people were displaced from the National Parks.

“A $5 donation will provide a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net to a refugee child in Africa. The net will last up to five years and two or more children can share the net. These children will be protected from the mosquito carrying the disease that kills a child in sub-Saharan Africa every 30 seconds. Won’t you please lend a hand by donating a insecticide-treated bed net to a child today.”—Beth Heckel, Executive Director

Another way to help Think Humanity provide more bed nets is to join us on our Etsy Store for a World Malaria Day special. Use this coupon code between today and April 25 and receive free shipping. The code is “MALARIA.” In addition, we also have two bangles for the price of one. Check out our Etsy Store.

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A refugee child smiles when receiving a net from Think Humanity!
“Every 30 seconds a child under the age of five years old dies from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa”.-World Health Organization

“To help others should be a blessing not a burden. Be blessed!” – Beth

Protecting refugees from malaria, providing clean water and education are a few of the most concrete things we can do to lift refugees out of poverty. Please consider giving them this chance.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Think Humanity Etsy Store purchasing from refugees selling for refugees

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Second Think Humanity Well in Kyangwali

     Think Humanity was created to provide relief, support       and hope for a promising future to refugees in Africa.

       A Second Think Humanity Well was Constructed in Kyangwali 

Photo dated 1/ 2011, taken by Jim Heckel, Think Humanity

Before the well (below) was constructed, the children were fetching dirty water from this location above. The well was built just a few feet away.
The second well has been completed in Kyangwali Refugee Camp on 2/6/2011. Thank you Americans for Philanthropy for your donation to make this possible.
A third well is now being constructed in Kyaka II Refugee Camp in Uganda with the Christmas money donated by Think Humanity individual donors and we are ready to build a fourth well as soon as we get funding. To donate to the “Water is Life” project please visit this link:     

Think Humanity Request for Humanitarian Help
Nine year old Kanana sits at the ruins after a fire destroys his home.
Photo taken by Nteziyaremye Jonas, Think Humanity. 3/2011
Think Humanity is requesting your help for a Congolese family of eight who lost their home due to a fire in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda. Already losing everything due to war and having to resettle to a refugee camp is hard enough, but then to lose everything again is even more devastating. One witness said, “They didn’t have time to remove anything from the house but themselves.”

They lost all their belonging, including the beans and maize (corn) that they recently harvested. Their mud hut can be rebuilt for approximately $300. If you are able to help Kanana please place a donation by clicking the link below.

For another $650 the family can replace all their belongings.

“To help others should be a blessing not a burden. Be blessed!” - Beth

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Children at the CLC in Kyangwali still need our support in 2011

If you are a donor for a young child at the CLC and have not yet paid for your child’s first term ($50) please do so soon so that your child can get their new uniform, shoes and pay for their tuition. Also, ask us how you can help support the education of a teen girl. Thank you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Clean Water Project - Water is LIfe - Maji ni Uzima

Clean Water Project - Water is Life

Maji Ni Uzima - Water is Life!

Pictured above is the dirty spring where villagers were fetching their water before TH built the well. Below and above are the after photos.

October 2010
 UNHCR Refugee Camps need access to clean water sources. Refugee Camps where we work have thousands of refugees who make their daily walk to many polluted water sources. This routine is generally done by women and children. They travel about two miles one way and they carry containers weighing up to 40 pounds on their heads. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. While some may boil the water, many thirsty and unknowing children and adults simply drink it directly from open swamps which can result in diseases such as typhoid, cholera and worm parasites.

Think Humanity built a well next to this spring in February 2011 so that we could provide clean water to 1,000 refugees. This photo was taken one month before our second well was completed. (after photo to come)
The good news is that we are changing all this by providing wells. The wells we are building are located in the villages where water is most needed.

Think Humanity completed their first well in October 2010. The well was constructed in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in the village of Kinakyeitaka. A second well was constructed in Kyangwali in February 2011. Together both wells will provide clean water for thousands of people.

A third well is being constructed in Kyaka II Refugee Camp in Uganda. Kyaka II needs several more wells so please help support clean water for refugees. For $3 Think Humanity can provide one refugee with safe drinking water for more than 20 years. Each hand-dug water well with hand pump costs between $3,000-$4,000 to build.

We are building our first well in Kyaka II, but a second well is also needed there. Kyaka II Camp has more than 16,000 people. They share only five boreholes that were constructed by the UNHCR. Everyday people walk from far distances to get water and when they arrive they wait in long lines. When it is difficult to walk long distances, people are getting water from nearby springs where they share water with animals.

The first well in Mukondo Village will provide water to 2,500 people. This well will also serve Mukondo Primary School. Presently the only way to get water to this school is by car tanks. The second well location will be in Sweswe Kitonzi where there is a population of 1,500 people. The existing well in this location is a long walk for people to travel and when they reach that well they have to wait for almost an hour to get water. It is difficult for pregnant women and those who are sick to get water at this location. These people are suffering and are exposed to many diseases. By providing these new wells Think Humanity will save these people from diseases. (Emmanuel Nsabimana Ntamwete, Meds and Nets Manager)

Please help us raise money for a second well in Kyaka II Refugee Camp.