Sunday, March 18, 2012

MaNdate 12 Bed Net Distribution in Uganda

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FEED JUST ONE - by purchasing socially responsible clothing

Exciting news! As of March 1st we have adopted the food program at a girl's hostel in Hoima, Uganda! There are 30 young girls that live there and attend school. Their diet currently consists of posho - a paste made of maize flour.
We will be upgrading their meals to include fruits, veggies, eggs, and dairy. Every shirt we sell provides 30 meals so every time you buy a shirt it will allow all 30 girls to sit down to a nice balanced meal. If we can sell just 90 shirts a month this will mean 3 decent meals every day and no more posho!
Over the next month you will meet all 30 girls.
Here is a picture of the posho - can't wait to show you the new and improved meals in April!
FEED JUST ONE - join on Facebook and provide one meal.

Photo from the Think Humanity Girls' Hostel in Hoima Uganda. Posho is a pasty-like food made from maize flour and water. The girls need to add fruits, vegetables and other products to their diet. When you purchase a product from Feed Just One, you have provided 30 nutritional meals to our children.

Feed Just One was born out of the desire of one person who wanted desperately to stop world hunger but felt that just one person couldn’t possibly make a difference. That is, until its founder came across a simple yet profound quote from Mother Theresa that said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” It was at that moment that he decided that even if he couldn’t solve the entire problem he had absolutely no excuse for doing nothing at all. He would “Feed Just One”. And thus the socially responsible clothing organization was started, with the goal of helping others to Feed Just One person – today and every day.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

"Being a Leader is Great - I love my job."

Christine's intro by Charity Watson, TH Board Member in Uganda.

Madame Christine is our hostel matron. Her strength and ability to influence these girls inspires me daily. The girls listen to her, respect her, love her, and fear her. She truly is such a big part of this project and I am happy to call her my sister. These are her words….

Since I become a leader, it changed my life and my behavior. I love my job which is being a matron to keep young girls at Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel in Hoima. I love staying with young girls because I can teach them many things like how a girl child must behave, because teaching a girl child is to promote the nation.

I love Think Humanity girls because they listen to me joke, love my advice, play with me netball every weekend at Kitara Secondary School in Hoima and they like it so much because am a mother to them since they left their parents at home to come to school. I become a mother but I also have to play with them and that’s assign of love becouse I love them so much.

Some people say that girls are bad because they steal their husbands. But I say no because once they are taught how to behave, then they become good leaders of tomorrow. Look at Uganda today: women are so important because they are being elected to be representatives in communities, councils, and parliament.

Staying with young girls changed my life. I respect my life such that I can be an example to the rest. When you find same one in need you can help because you will get blessing from our lord and you can have the ever-lasting life upon that. Therefore, members lets join hands and support young girls.

My mother used to stop me from having groups but I could tell that mummy this is my time but then which time is that? Because I could see other girls going to public places I had to sit down and ask my uncle’s wife, but Abwooli does my mother love me? She said yes and that is why she is stopping you from having groups they are bad and it will not help you any more. After getting that from her I told her that am not going to ashame you. I have to be a leader anywhere so long as I lead young girls such that they can get a bright future.

Share what you have: Command them to do good, good needs, and to generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for them selves as a firm foundation for the coming age. So that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

ADVICE: I do advise my girls about many things in this world as a girl child:
■The way they should behave in the community.

■Acquire a positive, prosperity mindset.

■Work harder, wisely and smartly more especially in education.

■Set and work on spiritual, social and career goals.

■Maintain your integrity, virginity in all you do people will continue respecting you.

■Look after your self and families as well e.g. by helping your mother cooking digging and other work were necessary. Soon than later, you will be a prosperous girl/woman.

COURAGE: The other ingredient of prosperity is courage. In life, one is often confronted with a situation where one is to take a risk. Here I mean that going out for discos, videos, night cinemas as a young girl. To take risks and unknown is by going out with bad groups.

PROSPERITY: Since whatever is inside a person’s life, behavior, and achievements of anyone are determined by the inside self, someone with prosperity will become prosperous.

GOALS: The first and the most important step for any successful life are to set goals. With goals, a person looks for what he or she knows and moves towards a known destination. You know what you are looking for you are likely to find it.

MEANWHILE: Before you achieve your goals to live in abundance, learn from your teachers what they teach you. They are very important lessons.

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances, I know what it is to be in need, I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether we are fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in wants. “I can do every thing through him who gives me strength’’ yes do every thing through him and the rest will follow and that is our Lord.

Written by Nyandera Christine (ateenyi)
Please feel free to contact Christine with any questions regarding one of the girls that you have sponsored.
Tel: 0788833681

Christine, TH matron at the THGH

Christine and Jonas with the girl hostel leaders
Girls are studying on the floor (we need tables and chairs) as Christine irons in the corner

LET THERE BE LIGHT!...and there is light!

Solar panel update!

It was said today, "I will not complain about not having light again."

The wires are connected, the panels are in place and we should have pictures by Monday! Thank you to all that donated towards this back-up light source for my birthday. 

We are still working on getting the solar fridge, which is very important (and we are getting closer), BUT one step at a time, because NOW there will be light, LET THERE BE LIGHT! the TH Health Centre in Hoima, Uganda.

Many, many thanks to Amy Evancheck who helped us to raise a large part of the initial funds -she got us off to a running start. I will say it over and over again "She gave birth to this great achievement and SO, THIS IS HER BABY!

Special thanks to Jennifer Campbell and Heather Kholif who held a fund-raiser at Applebee's to also make this possible, to all of the volunteers that day and all of the people who came out to support TH.

Thanks to all of you -- nurses will no longer be treating our patients in the dark.

Individuals to thank that donated through Amy Evancheck (nurse who came with us to Uganda), who saw a problem and pushed us to the solution -
Bridgett Perez, Len Wheeler, Kimberly Holty, Rosemary Novak, Marilyn Naper, Phyllis Gilbertson, Judi Hoback, Paul Krueger, Charlotte Havey, Mrs. John Krueger, Karyn Holz, Lauren Kraus, Michelle Stone Kaus, Susan Ryan, Ellen Evancheck, Patricia Coe-Withington, Rebecca J. Beshore, Barbara Masoner and Mary Ann Evancheck...and of course Amy, who not only fund-raised, but she donated as well.

You can easily see the results of your donations through TH, no matter how big or how small.

Mungu iko!