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Brief 2018 Updates

Education

The big news at Think Humanity is that we have graduated our first group of ladies at the Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel. After six years of hard work we were so pleased with their exam results. They all graduated and many with impressive scores. Thank you sponsors, individual donors, grantees. Special recognition to UnlockHope.com for all the support to these students for the entire six years.
In a region with 85% unemployment, we are so pleased that most of our students found employment. Many of them were hired as teachers in both primary and secondary schools. In the refugee camp, Betty is working as a counselor with Save the Children and Napona is working with Red Cross Uganda. Think Humanity has hired Moonlight as our office administrator and Grace as our cook. (pictured Napona and Moonlight)

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TH Team Headed to Uganda in April: In April we will be holding our 6th Annual Leadership Summit and combining it with a simple graduation ceremony. We should have 100 in attendance.

Even though the majority of the first group of graduates have left us (we still have three in business school), the hostel is busy with a new group of young ladies ages 12 – 16. We thank donors on social media and Rich Kaufman for helping us with new uniforms, school supplies and a new “kitchen” because our kitchen had burned down. We also were able to get them all sponsored for 2018. As in the past, we have students from South Sudan, DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. We have several orphans and all these students need educational assistance. (not all girls shown) Others who are supporting these students: Foundations Church in Loveland, Colorado and Ron and Vicki Norby of Colorado.

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Water Wells
In April the TH USA/Uganda Team plan to dedicate eight new wells and to look for new locations for at least five more.
Pictured is our latest well in Kisalizi-Kimigi Village in Masindi District, Uganda. Once the cement is dry, the village will have clean and accessible water. This well was donated by the children of Central Elementary in Longmont, Colorado.

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Mosquito Nets in Kagoma Receiving Area Kyangwali Refugee Camp

While in Uganda we will be giving out 3,000 mosquito nets to the new arrivals in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp. These refugees are coming over on boats from the DR Congo due to tribal wars and violence. Thank you to so many who took part in our fund-raising efforts.

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Think Humanity Health Center Kyangwali
In January and February 266 babies were immunized and 246 ultrasounds were freely given. In addition more than 1,000 patients were seen. There was an outreach (Health Day) at the beginning of the year and we will hold another Health Day in April.

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Moonlight Nursery and Primary School
Moonlight Nursery and Primary School project is finally completed with three classrooms, latrines and last month the completion with the cement floors. Thank you Sharon Naimon-Norton and Central Elementary School for making this dream come true.
Pictured below is the new cement floor in one of the three new classrooms.

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Think Humanity welcomes Kristin Stephens as a Think Humanity board member. Kristin is a Fort Collins City Council Member for District 4.

Be Blessed!

Beth Heckel, Founder Think Humanity

 

Achieving means nothing without purpose
2017 in Brief – From the Executive Director
“Achieving means nothing without purpose.”
Donors, you made a huge impact in 2017
  • Four large mosquito net distributions in five different villages totaling 5,500 with another 2,660 mosquito nets ready to distribute soon.
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At the bed net distribution last February in Karujumba Village

 

  • Healthcare provided at the TH Kyangwali Health Center for approximately 7,200 people. (not counting outreach programs and health days) Cases of malaria have decreased due to our concentration of mosquito nets near the TH Kyangwali Health Center.
  • 800 birthing kits were given to pregnant women in western Uganda.
  • 1,200 ultrasounds at the Think Humanity Kyangwali Health Center.
  • Two Women’s Health Days at the clinic that helped 108 people and an outreach program that served 105 children who received medical treatment and vaccinations.
  • Education for 51 children from Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and South Sudan ranging from nursery school to university.
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Kelline, from Kyangwali Refugee Camp, graduated from Nursery School 2017

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Hilltop High School students 2017

  • Three special Visitation Days for parents and guardians at the Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel Hoima.
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Parent and Guardian Visitation Day July 2017

 

  • Fair trade products made in Uganda were purchased. The socio-economic development program teaches women a skill and helps to develop their community.
  • Six water wells were constructed and two were repaired.
  • A third brick classroom and a latrine were constructed at Moonlight Primary School.
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Moonlight Nursery and Primary School in Wagesa. Classrooms 1, 2 and 3

 

  • Trip to Uganda June-July.
  • Emergency humanitarian efforts for children after our nurse was murdered and after our past director died from unknown causes.
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Damascene’s children in Kyangwali Refugee Camp, Uganda

 

  • Our first group of girl students passed through the Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel (senior 1-6) and two have found employment before they even receive their diplomas! With 85 percent unemployment in the region, this already shows the success of our program.
  • We held our 5th Annual Leadership Summit in Hoima. The theme was “Portrait of a Hero(oine). “ We were honored to have Hon. Byenkya Catherine Joy, Minister for Health Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom as our guess speaker.
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Honorary Byenkya Catherine Joy, Minister for Health Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom

 

Miscellaneous quotes from Think Humanity Uganda:
“You got us from zero, and now we are hero!” – Nurse Jane
“You are around all the time, not like rain that comes and goes.” – Student Hellen
“Outstanding actions create a positive change.” – Student Tonny
We hope that you have a tremendous 2017 and once again, thank you for all your support.
Beth Heckel,
Founder and Executive Director
Think Humanity

Kyangwali Refugee Camp

 

 

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Think Humanity thanks our donors for saving lives through donating towards mosquito nets.
We sent funds early enough to hold a bed net distribution to benefit 1,500 families on December 31, 2017, a great way to end 2017.
In addition to the 1,500 mosquito nets, the Think Humanity volunteers gave out 53 birthing kits. The kits were donated by Birthing Kit Foundation Australia.
The village of Kihojo comprises of Alur people who come from northwest Uganda near the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Kihojo, however is in Hoima District which is further south away from the violence of those two bordering countries.
As for the day at Kihojo, this is the part of the report that we received:
“ The people were so welcoming and helpful through out from the start of name collection to the distribution day. They were so grateful, only as always many went back without nets due to the big number of people which was more than the nets. Local leaders and their people were so helpful and organised, which made it so easy for the distribution.”
The Think Humanity team spent their final day of 2017 volunteering. Those volunteer giving out mosquito nets and birthing kits were: Health care admin Stuart Tusabege, Nurse Jane Nabakooza, Finance Admin Amini Musafiri, Education Admin Alibankoha Bridget, and Think Humanity hostel students, Moonlight Phionah and Kusemererwa Flavia. (seen below)
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Jane, Moonlight, Flavia, Amini, Bridget and Stuart

As always, we demonstrated how to use the mosquito net properly by using people from the community.

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Think Humanity Nurse Jane on left makes sure that everybody knows how to use a mosquito net properly.

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Bridget is giving out a birthing kit to this pregnant woman. Pregnant women also received mosquito nets, because they are more susceptible to getting malaria.

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This is a photo showing how these people live. The kitchen is outside. This mother holds her net close to her knowing that her family will be protected from the deadly mosquito that causes malaria. Thank you donors!

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Thank you donors for providing mosquito nets to children in Kihojo Village this Christmas.

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This young boy holds on to his new mosquito net. This picture has been cropped, but it would be nice to return to this village to provide chldren with clothing.

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I can only imagine that this child is thanking the donors for this mosquito net.

Two young mothers, perhaps ages 14 or 15, are shown with babies on their backs. This is the age that Think Humanity takes in girls for our hostel (senior 1 or in USA 8th grade). We would love to make a difference and to see that young girls get an education instead of being forced into early marriages or having children before they are fully developed themselves. This is why our girl education program is so important.
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Young mother with baby strapped to her back in Kihojo Village, Uganda.

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A young girl in Kihojo receives a mosquito net to protect her and her baby from getting malaria.

More photos and details will be shared later. It is the middle of the night in Uganda and our team is tired. They will provide a report later. Thank you so much donors. I am posting a list of names below.
We will hold another distribution in April 2018. Some donations came in later and others delayed due to online sites that hold the money for 2-4 weeks. We also sold Christmas ornaments and we do not have all those funds yet. As of today we have sold 706 Christmas ornaments. Ornaments sales went towards the purchase of mosquito nets. We have enough to purchase 2,012 more mosquito nets for April 2018 to total 3,512 mosquito nets from our 7th Annual Bed Nets 4 Life Christmas Campaign. Thank you!

Derek Nichols, Yishai Statter Family, Beth and Jim Heckel, Dave and Hilda Smith, Ron and Caroline Larson, John and Constance Boose, Candis Verhey, Ann Martin, James and Jeannie Wahl, Price Elementary 5th grade class in Anaheim, California, James and Sallie Dakins, anonymous, Joyce and Robert Elder, James Reents, Eric and Cindy Beltzer, Chris and Lorry Tornow, Bob & Peggy O’Doherty, Curt and Deana Austin, Hilary Steinberger, Cynthia Peterson, Donnie Gladfelter, Matt Cozadd, John VonAllmen, Barbara McClean, Karen Williams, Joanne Schlafer, Karen Backstein, Tom Reagor, Susan Higgins, Kara Pease-Marshall, Rhonda Cronan, Jessica Morgan, Melissa Beck, Sosamma Samuel-Brunett, Kim Krattiger, Sue Wahlert, Linda Kirscht, Kerri Bevard, Jonas Nteziyaremye, Kirsta Britton, Emily Panetsos, Robyn Bartley, Melissa Obert, Sherry Wells, Don and Kelli Arnold, Meredith Bradbury, Molly Christine Patterson, York, Rick & Collete Markwardt, Beret Strong, Al and Rosemary Habenicht, Terri and Bob Stewart, Sharon Clevenger, Tim and Debbie Pico, Nikita Vanzie-Williams and She’s Mixed, Joe and Pam Bolesta, Tom Beaman, Bill Temple and Xiubo Xu, Joe and Debbie Bergholz, Steven and Tami Roskamp, Steven Meyer, Nathan and Mary Dixon, Lauren Scott Trust, Patricia Jones (in honor of KevinArnold), Ron and Nancy Schwiesow, Shirley Heckel, Carey Scott, Sandy Howell-Klepper, Laura Moore, Kathy Jennings, M’Leigha Buchanan, Kel Darnell, Michael & Shauna Newton, Cathy Henderson, Emily Mancinelli, Paul and Susan Williamson, Greg and Pam Weech, David and Jennifer Hanes, Andrew and Pam Howard, Sonya Gustafson, Prairie IT Haxtun, Colorado, Anonymous, Elva Davila, Jim and Lisa Skinner, Melissa Armour, Crate and Barrel, Anonymous, Robert Wahl, James and Sara Preston, Rich and Kay Thuesen, Joshua (Gideon), Lisa Callicott, John & Linda Palmisano, Jeff and Mara Rusciolelli, Jim Payton, Ryan and Shelley Fredricey, Jaelyn Eberle and David Taylor, David and Luan Ezra and Scott and Ruth Sprain. Also thanks to the 6th Annual Think Humanity Golf Tournament for a portion of these nets.
Those that sold ornaments: Faith Fellowship Church in Melbourne Florida, Katie Smith at Dillon Family Medicine in South Carolina, Wesche Jewelers in Melbourne, Florida, Happy Healthy Human Cafe at Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, Brown’s Shoe Fit Longmont Colorado, Red Frog Coffee in Longmont, Colorado, Lisa Connelly Richard inWashington, Abby Jones Indian, Erica Edwards Dane Delane Salon Studio, North Carolina, Colorado Coffee Company Stacy Kliner in Loveland, Colorado, Ascension Catholic Community in Melbourne, Florida, Pineda Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, Florida, Sue Giddings, Zion Lutheran Church – Loveland, Deana and Curt Austin, Connie England and Debbie Stelzer (all who held events), Dr. William Reents and Kathy, Cynthia Rauschenberger, Jim Heckel, Denise Duncan and many others who volunteered their time this Christmas season and all that made purchases on Etsy and at our fundraising events. (too many to list!) Special thanks to Margo Wilder and Allen for donating to off-set our big loss when a box from Uganda with 300 Christmas ornaments got lost in the mail. (and to this date have never been found). All these people above have helped in many special ways.

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Malaria kills more African children than any other disease. There is currently no vaccine available to prevent malaria. Due to abject poverty, most families in Uganda cannot afford to purchase a bed net or treatment.

Long-lasting Insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) have been shown to be the most cost effective prevention method against malaria.
With donations to Think Humanity, the TH team can purchase, transport and educate communities on the importance of bed nets and demonstrate how to use them properly.
It is not too late to send an end of year donation to Think Humanity. http://www.thinkhumanity.org/donate Happy New Year!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sincerely,

Beth Heckel, Founder Think Humanity

 

 

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Each year Think Humanity has a Bed Nets 4 Life Christmas Campaign.

We are always grateful for your generosity and compassion to save lives. When we purchase mosquito nets we are saving lives by fighting malaria in Uganda.

Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLIN) will last up to five years and according to the World Health Organization, they are the most cost-effective prevention method against malaria.

Even though it is preventable, hundreds of children continue to die each day because they simply cannot afford this $5 mosquito net.

Four children can fit under each mosquito net and the parents can be reassured that their children are protected as they sleep.

This year we will be fund-raising to provide mosquito nets for the Alur people in Kihojo Village. This is one of the poorest areas of Uganda.

Our goal is to purchase 3,000 mosquito nets this Christmas for our 7th Annual Bed Nets 4 Life Christmas Campaign.

Can you help help us prevent malaria this holiday season by providing children with a mosquito net?
#GivingTuesday

If you wish to purchase a Christmas ornament for a bed net, please visit our Etsy page at HopeDignity.

Beth Heckel

Founder and Executive Director

*December 27th is Think Humanity’s 10th Anniversary. Please help us celebrate by saving lives.

Four children can sleep under each mosquito net. Below are four! Only $5 to shield all these children for five years.

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When written–A Precious Life Was Saved (4 years ago). She is now 5 years old.
There I stood in the pitch black African night, holding a flashlight while a young mother fought for the life of herself and her tiny baby, in utero. Amid my tears, I had a strange feeling — an intuition.
The baby would be OK. Somehow. And we would never be able to forget her. Sometimes, in the line of humanitarian work, things happen that don’t have logical, left-brained explanations. These are the things that keep us pushing forward when the work gets grueling. These are the miracles. ***
In May 2011, we opened a health care center in Uganda: the Think Humanity Community Health Centre.
The THCHC is where the most disadvantaged (refugees and underdeveloped rural communities) can receive good, quality health care for free. We treat malaria, typhoid and many other diseases and illnesses common in this part of East Africa. These people would otherwise have nowhere to go. Many of them would die, forgotten.
I was in Uganda two months after we opened the clinic’s doors. In the middle of one night, we received an emergency call, and I decided to go along with the doctor to the clinic. What I would witness shook my heart to pieces.
A young pregnant woman was suffering terribly with malaria. She had an excruciatingly high fever and was crying out for her baby to live. The doctor tried to assure her, but the woman knew that all too many times, malaria during a pregnancy leads to miscarriage. It was pitch dark. No power. The only light was a tiny flashlight I clutched with my shaking hands. The doctor squinted into the thin beam as he inserted an IV into the back of this young woman’s hand. I looked around the room and felt tears rush to my eyes. First, out of gratitude; I felt thankful that this woman had somewhere to go, that we had opened the clinic just months before. This was a place for help, a place where hope lives. But I also felt tears of fear, for this woman and her baby’s life. I hoped that we were not too late, and that somehow this one doctor with a small needle and me and my flashlight would be enough. It had to be. I could not accept any other outcome — but life. The woman’s name was Jane. ***
Six months passed, and I returned to Uganda for more work. Several days into the trip, I saw Jane. She was round and joyful with pregnancy, and she introduced me to her husband Stuart. She patted her stomach and told me this was their firstborn. “When is the baby due?” I asked. She told me mid-February, and I laughed. Half joking, I said the baby would be born on my birthday, Feb. 19. *** Uganda is 10 hours ahead of Colorado. It was late on the night of Feb. 18 that I received a message from Stuart.
“Hi Mum & Dad! Today the 19th Feb 2012, God has made Stuart & Jane parents of Decent Heather Tusabege. Thanks for your prayer & everything. Happy BD to my daughter Decent & Mum. You are wonderful fore-teller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I do believe that things happen for a reason. To share a birthday with this baby girl would never allow me to forget that scary night in the clinic — and how I witnessed our doctor save this child’s life. Now on my birthday, I celebrate my life along with Baby Decent’s new life, and I am reminded to never give up. Baby Decent is a reminder that we must continue with our mission to save lives and provide hope, because without that hope — even as small as a shaking beam of light in the darkness — she would not be here today. I find myself in tears again, this time out of celebration. I want to shout across the world: We have made a difference. We have saved a precious life. And it brings me to my knees to know that more lives will be saved in the future.
Beauty lies in the strength, courage, joy and hope of every day, even when faced with the fear of hopelessness and sadness. There is an indescribable joy. There is always hope.
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Baby Decent. February 19, 2012

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Decent is now 4 years old and healthy. I wish all babies could survive while their mother’s are pregnant with malaria. End Malaria.

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Decent and I share the same birthday. Her mom had malaria (July 2011) during her pregnancy and got treatment at our clinic. Feb.19th, on my birthday, Decent was born – a miracle baby. 60% of the babies whose mums have malaria during pregnancy don’t make it. Help us fight malaria, please. Photo was taken July 2012 when Decent was about 5 months old.

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A BUSY MONTH AHEAD

(pictured above are three of our younger Think Humanity students)

The upcoming trip to Uganda is almost here and the Think Humanity calendar is full.

We will be interviewing young girls ages 12-13 who will be graduating Primary 7 at the end of the 2017 school year. We will continue supporting girls from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

The present group of Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel students will be graduating Advanced Level this year. Six years ago we had an idea to educate girls and it is hard to believe that the first group is closer to their dreams to become doctors, nurses, teachers and accountants.

In 2012 they came to us as shy, young girls who had left their homes for the first time.

 

They are now young women in their final steps to graduate. 
To read more on our blog “Looking Back and Looking Forward” – click here

Think Humanity will be giving out mosquito nets in Kawegaramire Village. While in Kawegaramire, we will also be dedicating a well that was constructed since our last visit. Thanks to our donors, we will also be scouting out future water well locations.

Kawegaramire Village well donated by the Bergholz and Mills families.

Moonlight Nursery and Primary School now has three brick classrooms and we are anxious to visit again. We are grateful to their sister-school, Central Elementary School in Longmont, Colorado.

Moonlight School in Buhanika, Uganda. 
Photos courtesy of Megan McDaniel

This was the school BEFORE the new brick classrooms.

There is a new rain water storage tank at Community Nursery and Primary School in Katikara. Along with visiting the school to see the water tank, we will also be giving out school supplies.

The children show their appreciation. Thank you donors Rich Kaufmann and Ann Martin.

6th Annual Think Humanity Golf Tournament

A very important item on our minds while we are away is the 6th Annual Think Humanity Golf Tournament. This is Think Humanity’s largest annual fund-raising event. It is held on August 14 at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor, Colorado. Our hope is to construct five water wells and to provide children with 1,000 mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

You can register a foursome by clicking the flyer photo above (or here) or you can visit http://www.ThinkHumanity.org. We are still looking for hole sponsors and silent auction items too. You can contact Duane at duanebauman@gmail.com or 970-290-6465.

Today is World Refugee Day
Protecting children from malaria, providing them with clean water and education, and supporting community development are the most concrete ways we can lift refugees out of poverty and to give them hope. Please consider giving them this chance.

Be blessed!

Beth Heckel
Founder and Executive Director

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Bahati Aimee. Born June 24, 2006.

My daughter had just left the Kyangwali Refugee Camp. She was contacted by email a few days later saying that a child was born and named Aimee, after her.

My Aimee had just spent a couple of weeks in a refugee camp in Uganda and met a Congolese family who had fled war. They ended up in Uganda in a UNHCR camp, just over the border from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The woman was pregnant with her second child.

Tradition has it that a child is named after the last visitor. The parents decision, if a boy it would have been named James (a visitor in the camp) and if it was a girl the baby would be named Aimee. “Bahati” means, by luck or by chance. …well because, this was a situation of chance.

For years this child was known to us as “Baby Aimee.”

Aimee’s first year was plagued with sicknesses and disease. She had malaria three times and even had to have a blood transfusion due to a serious case of malaria. Each time we prayed and paid doctor bills.

We helped Bahati Aimee with school from age 2 up to age 10. From Primary 1 up to 2016 she was in boarding school in Uganda, about 50 miles outside of the refugee camp.

This month Bahati Aimee will be 11 years old. She is a resettled refugee now and living in Tampa, Florida in the 6th grade. Life has changed for Aimee and her family of 9, which also includes two orphans that they brought with them.

The reason that I stated in the title: “The refugee child that started everything” is because this child’s birth and name brought us closer to Kyangwali Refugee Camp, learning about malaria (to-date we have provided 80,000 mosquito nets in Uganda) and realizing the need for education for refugee children.

The story is actually much bigger than this, but we wish to say “Happy Birthday Baby Aimee!” Your life began in such a challenging way – living in a mud hut, dirt floor, no running water, malaria and struggling for food. A child could only hope to make it to age 5 years without surrendering to death by mosquito bite. BUT you made it!

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Kyangwali Refugee Camp. Valentino, Christine (pregnant with Baby Aimee) and Amani Jean-Paul. Only a couple of days later, Aimee was born.

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Alice holding Aimee and brother Valentino. June 2006 Kyangwali Refugee Camp, Uganda

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My first visit when Aimee had just turned 1-year-old. When we left she got malaria

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Aimee in 2009 when she was in nursery school in the camp.

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Bahati Aimee 2016 in Kyangwali Refugee Camp

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Aimee bottom right with her sisters and brother in Tampa, Florida where they have been resettled through the IOM Program. #Aimeeiswelcomehere