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main building construction Jan 2020

We have come a long way in one year and we continue to keep moving forward. In 2018 at the Annual TH Women’s Leadership Summit the topic was “What is Your Life’s Blueprint? This was based on a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. to a junior high in 1967. The most notable quote from this speech was,

“If you can’t fly, run.
If you can’t run, walk.
If you can’t walk, crawl,
but by all means, keep moving forward!”

This topic was important at the time because our first group of hostel students made it through the program and a new group was there with them, together. Our program was moving forward.

These future buildings on our own land seemed so distant. Something we called “Blue Sky.” This is a term used for something strongly wished for, but only seemed to be a dream.

Now today I see this video that came in of the construction of another building at our future girls’ hostel. I thought that when we began last year that it would take at least three years to get near this point. Now today I look in amazement and all I could think of was this quote from Martin Luther King. “KEEP MOVING FORWARD.”


main building - jan 21, 2020

Right now those words “Think Humanity Secondary School” are not rolling off my tongue easily. That’s because I know that this will be a lot of work ahead and many years before it is actually a school.


We have the land and it is cleared, a brick wall is being constructed and we have blueprints…it is becoming a REALITY.

The plan is to construct a hostel with latrines. If all goes well, we construct an office and one classroom. The classroom will actually be an area to eat, study and to hold Parent Visitation Days and meetings.

Behind the office and first classroom building will be latrines.

This is what I envision today.

I have to dream more. Make more goals. Continue to believe.

But, here we are today. Further than we were yesterday. This is going to happen.

Think Humanity Secondary school



Like last year when we heard about Rachel in Kizimba Village who was not in school, we have now heard about 5 girls and 1 boy who are also not going to school. They are living in Kyaka 2 Refugee Camp, Uganda and are Congolese by nationality. This was certainly not our plan because we still have some of our Hoima students who have not been re-sponsored for 2019.
Sometimes you have to trust your intuition and be guided by love!
I received a photo of these 6 children from Kyaka 2 Camp last night. The 12 year old is only beginning Primary 3. This is because sometimes they have no opportunity to attend school. When I found out what it would cost to put these children in school I just had to post this.
Esther Mercy age 12 and Gloria Sandra age 10 both in Primary 3 are $20 each per term or $60 annually, Hope Salome age 8 will begin Primary 1 and she is $15 a term or $45 annually, Isaac Kennedy age 6, Blessing Ruth age 5 and Emilly Chimpaye age 4 will be in nursery school. They are each $10 a term or $30 annually.
I have posted a photo of the 6 children.
If you always wanted to help a disadvantaged child, but could not afford the expense, hopefully you will look at these children’s faces and see them.
In this order in the photo: Blessing Ruth, Isaac Kennedy, Gloria Sandra, Hope Salome, Emilly Chimpaye and Esther Mercy. If you are interested, please let me know so children are not double sponsored. Thank you…and bless you for seeing them.
Update on the six children from Kyaka 2 Refugee Camp: All six of them were sponsored within 4 hours for their school tuition. Uniforms were all donated through Hilary Steinberger as a gift in honor of Deana Austin’s birthday. Then a person sent a check and asked us to use it for biggest needs. We purchased three boxes of soap for the girls’ hostel, but also were able to pay for school lunches for all six of these children for term 1.

Blessing ruth, Isaac, Gloria, hope, emilly and esther.jpg

These children need to go to school


Thank you everybody for your help in putting these children through school, for providing them with uniforms and donating towards their lunches so that the mother didn’t have to bring them food every day. Team work! Thank you everybody who put in a hand to help these beautiful children.

Recently we learned about a young girl named Nancy who went through the trauma of finding her father after he committed suicide when she was 8 years old. She found him hanging from a rope from the family’s grass thatched house. She is attending School in Kyangwali Refugee Camp at Planning for Tomorrow.
Here is her story as I have condensed it.
Nancy Adyek, 11 years old currently lives in Kyangwali Refugee settlement in Uganda.
She was left an orphan in 2016.
Three years ago the father came home very drunk and started off the violence. All the children slept at the neighbor’s. Nancy loved going to school so left for home in the morning to get dressed. Nancy found her father hanging from a rope from the roof of their grass thatched house. She went to the local council one (LC1) and to the police and next was his poor burial.
“Before I was in a school where promotion was more or less automatic, imagine that I was in Primary four but I didn’t speak any English or write. I was admitted in P4T Nursery and Primary School in 2018, demoted to primary Two, I am now in Primary three, speaking good English and writing short sentences. My long-term goal is to be self-reliant. If I manage to become leader and an entrepreneur, I want to live in rural areas innovating and running social entrepreneurship benefiting women and children and I want to fully support girl child education.” Nancy dreams of attending education from Primary to university to become a leader and an entrepreneur.
If anybody wishes to donate towards Nancy’s education, please do and it will be held back for when it is most needed. This is not a sponsorship, but a humanitarian donation.
Needs: Three terms of tuition a year, school uniform, reams of paper, books, pens, school bag, plate and cup, examination, medical fee, development fee, breakfast and lunch, and maize flour and beans.
Nancy Adyek
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.
child with bed net feb 2017 close in

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.
kelline graduating

Kelline, from Kyangwali Refugee Camp, graduated from Nursery School 2017

hilltop visit

Hilltop High School students 2017

  • Three special Visitation Days for parents and guardians at the Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel Hoima.
parent day at hostel

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.

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.
damas children

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.
Hon Joy Catherine Byenkya

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




The 30 girls at the Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for the support towards their education.

“A single act does make a difference. It creates a ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away.” -Lee J. Colan

Donors, you made a huge impact in 2016

  • 15,000 mosquito nets were given to three refugee camps and four underdeveloped communities in Uganda.
  • Healthcare was provided for approximately 7,000 people and 100 ultrasounds a month to women.
  • The clinic received a $58,000 Rotary Grant for medical equipment.
  • 1,200 birthing kits were given to pregnant women in two refugee camps
  • There were four Women’s Health Days.
  • We provided education for approximately 55 children from Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and South Sudan.
  • We purchased fair trade products made in Uganda which teaches skills and develops communities.
  • 16 water wells were dedicated and constructed (two in process).
  • Three rain water storage tanks were donated to two primary schools and to the hostel.
  • A second brick classroom is being constructed for Moonlight Primary School.
  • We now have a nurse to care for all our students.
  • We moved into a new hostel where 30 girls live together and attend secondary school at a nearby high school.
  • TH constructed a study hall and furnished it at the TH Girls’ Hostel.
  • We held leadership summits…and more.

Bed Nets 4 Life Program

In 2016 mosquito nets were given out in Kyangwali Refugee Camp, Kyaka 2 Refugee Camp, Acholi Quarter Camp for Internally Displaced (IDP), villages in Kibaale and Hoima Districts and the TH Clinic. Mosquito nets are $5 each and last for five years. Four children can fit under each net and our surveys show that with the use of bed nets, cases of malaria have been reduced by 85 percent. There is no vaccine for malaria. Bed nets have been shown to be the most cost-effective prevention method against malaria.


Water is Life

Wells were constructed in Hoima and Kibaale Districts. Three rain water storage tanks were given to two primary schools and to the TH Girls’ Hostel. The well pictured was donated by the Norby/Peetz families in Kyamukunjuki Village, Uganda.


Think Humanity Girls’ Hostel

The Think Humanity girl students are beginning their 5th and 6th years of secondary school. The main hall/reading room is now finished with study tables and benches. The water storage tank was added to collect rain water, which will cut back on our water bill. The new solar, a gift from UnlockHope, is lighting up the building. Soon the tutors will be there for added coaching for the girls. The tutors were funded through a grant from Red Empress Foundation.


Individually Sponsored Students

Think Humanity had approximately 25 students from nursery to university who were sponsored by individuals.
Pictured are some of our primary school students with Bridget Alibankoha, Educational Administrator.


Think Humanity Kyangwali Health Center

Women’s Health Days, birthing kits and ultrasounds are some of the ways that we have helped with health care this past year. The Rotary International Grant benefited the clinic with new equipment and solar lighting.


Socio-economic Development

We continued our strong partnership with the women in the Acholi Quarter Camp in Uganda. They make products for Think Humanity, we purchase from them, sell the products here and send 100 percent back to programs in Uganda.
When making their own products, it brings hope, pride and dignity, because people are solving their own problems by learning a trade and skill.


Think Humanity just celebrated our ninth year as a nonprofit organization on December 27, 2016.
Special thanks to the following:
* Think Humanity Florida: Deana Austin, who held more than two dozen fundraising events; Happy Healthy Human Cafe for carrying our products; and Faith Fellowship Church for selling our Christmas ornaments in their bookstore.
* Faith Fellowship Church/Mission is Possible for donating towards a water well.
* The TH Annual Golf Tournament committee, volunteers, sponsors, and silent auction donors.
* Dallas Harris, founder of UnlockHope, for providing so many of the needs at the TH Girls’ Hostel.
* Red Empress Foundation for providing rent at the hostel.
* A grant from Foundations church which provided mosquito nets.
* Student sponsors.
* Birthing Kit Foundation Australia for birthing kits.
* Rotary Grant for solar and medical equipment for the TH Kyangwali Clinic. Special thanks to Pat Troeltzsch for many years of patience to see this dream come true.
* Central Elementary and Sharon Naimon-Norton for all the fundraising for the sister school in Uganda.
* Americans for Philanthropy grant which provided mosquito nets and wells.
* For exceptional generosity: The Norby and Bergholz families.
* The TH board of directors: Beth and Jim Heckel, Aimee Markwardt, Cindy Rauschenberger, Dr. Will Reents, Larry Hereford and Kevin Arnold.
* TH team in Uganda and Norway. Emmanuel Nsabimana, Bridget Alibankoha, Stuart Tusabege, Amini Musafiri and Jane Nabakooza.
* Abby, for being special.
* And so many more who made 2016 a year of helping those in need.


In August we received an email from a 14-year-old girl named Addy (slightly changed for privacy). She asked if she could help Think Humanity. She saw on our website under “How to Help” that we were selling Christmas ornaments for mosquito nets.
We were on our way to Uganda so I told her I would get back the first of October. I came home with pneumonia and tired and totally forgot about Addy.
Many people contact us and never follow through, so in my mind I probably thought that nothing would become of it.
On October 10th there was another email from Addy. She asked again if she could help. I told two people about this and they said that because she was only 14 that we probably should not do it, maybe contact her mom or forget it.
I asked her a few questions. “Are you on Facebook or social media?” I wanted to check her out and make sure she was sincere. She said she only had an Instagram account. I found her and sure enough, she was a 14-year-old girl.
I thought it wouldn’t hurt to take a chance and send her 10-12 ornaments to see what would happen. The day she received them, she emailed that she had already sold them all. She asked for more.
Well…maybe this Addy was after all, an ANGEL!
I sent more than 10 ornaments the next time. Once again, she responded that she had sold them all and needed more. I thought…hmm, maybe I had better ask her to send a check so that I am sure. Her mother sent a check for $348.
Just the other day we received another check for $828, but this time with a note from her mother. She told me how Addy had really gone through a tough time after she had divorced Addy’s father. Addy was defiant. She was angry. She cried at night. She didn’t understand why this had happened, although there were good reasons.
After some time her mother remarried. Addy was 9 years old and she despised this man. She would scream at night for hours and she hated everything. She threw tantrums, but her mother never gave up on her.
Then Addy stopped visiting her biological father. She hated when people spoke his name.
Her mother and step-dad took her to counseling. After about 1 1/2 years Addy grew into the most beautiful young woman. She is respected by the school for her knowledge and wisdom. She is wise beyond her years. She carries herself with such poise.
Addy is a “saver” and does not spend money easily, however when she came across UnlockHope, she was instantly intrigued. (UnlockHope)
She ordered a t-shirt that says “My life is my message” and the key necklace. This was epic because she NEVER spends money. That’s when she saw a post about Think Humanity.
Her mother said that since she has partnered with us it has given her so much hope and satisfaction. She said that I could have ignored Addy’s first email or even told her that she was too young to help, but I didn’t.
Her mother is so grateful for allowing her daughter to help our organization.
…oh and Addy is STILL selling ornaments up till Christmas.
So far she has sold enough ornaments to provide children in Uganda with 235 mosquito nets!
Thank you Addy. You have blessed me more than you could ever know.
The take-away message: You never know when you are contacted by somebody how they can change your life, how you can change their life and (in this case) change the lives of many children in Uganda.
She says she wants to become a missionary in Africa one day. We wish her the best and I have a feeling that she will help change the lives of many people in the future.

“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 Enricher
Walt 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!