About Us

Think Humanity began assisting refugees with bed nets in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in May 2007 and Think Humanity became a registered nonprofit organization in December 2007.

The genesis of Think Humanity began in 2006, when Aimee Heckel traveled to Uganda as a Boulder Daily Camera journalist on assignment.

She visited the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in the most rural region of western Uganda near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This trip brought light to the devastating conditions refugees were facing. Lack of education, underdevelopment, rampant malaria and other diseases were leaving the refugees in a state of hopelessness.

Soon others heard her story and began to help and that is when Think Humanity began.

Beth Heckel is the founder of the organization and Jim Heckel is the president. Today there are eight board of directors.

Think Humanity began raising money for malaria medication and mosquito nets because every 30 seconds a child in sub-Saharan Africa dies from malaria. That is 3,000 deaths every day. Yet malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, in not only treatable, but it is also preventable.

Think Humanity targeted its assistance to refugees because they are often located in higher risk areas where there is inadequate health services, malnutrition, lack of clean water and sanitation issues.

Think Humanity expanded its services to the Kyaka 11 Refugee Settlement Camp and a camp for internally displaced persons' camp (IDP) also known as the Acholi Quarter Camp in Kireka. Think Humanity also began assisting the local population of Uganda, because while refugees are often badly off, the local population faces many of the same struggles.

Think Humanity grew from a small organization supplying mosquito nets to one that also provides healthcare, water wells, education and socio-economic development projects.

Please visit our Missions page for more information about each program.

At Think Humanity, instead of having an expatriate staff who may not fully understand the local context and way of operating, we engage our local African leaders. We believe in empowering them to make the changes necessary in their communities. (See photos by clicking "People" above.)

Think Humanity is a registered nonprofit organization in the USA and a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Uganda.

Anti-discrimination Statement: Think Humanity shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, activities and operations of the organization. These activities include, but are not limited to, volunteering and provision of services.

Address in USA:

2880 Spring Mountain Dr., Loveland, Colorado 80537

(970) 667-9335
Email Think Humanity or here.

Address in Uganda:

Think Humanity Coordination Office

 P.O. Box 219

Kalyabuhiire Road

200M from Kalyabuhiire Trading Centre

Hoima, Uganda

07050 541999 or 0771 983808 or 0784 411015

(calling from USA 011 256 750 541999 or 011 256 771 983808 or 011 256 784 411015)

Think Humanity intern dissertations:

Barriers to Maternal Healthcare in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement - Victoria Walker, University of Edinburgh

From Settlement to Self-Settled: The Dynamics of movement between Kyangwali Refugee Settlement and Hoima Town - Elizabeth Olsen, University of Edinburgh

Unified or Divided? The Effect of Uganda's Refugee Settlement Situation on Refugee Identity and Group Relations - Sean Darby, University of York