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. Beth and Jim Heckel founded the organization and today there are seven 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 their 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 their 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.
If you are interested in traveling with Think Humanity to Uganda, please contact us. Our travel times vary throughout the year.
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 click "people" above.)
Think Humanity is a registered nonprofit organization in the USA and a community based organization and company by guarantee in Uganda.
Address in USA:
2880 Spring Mountain Dr., Loveland, Colorado 80537
Address in Uganda:
Think Humanity Coordination Office
P.O. Box 219, Hoima Main Street
Muganwa Centre 3rd floor, Plot 30
Old Tooro Road
0752170643 or 0773410638
(calling from USA 011 256 752170643 or 011 256 773410638)
Think Humanity intern dissertations:Unified or Divided? The Effect of Uganda's Refugee Settlement Situation on Refugee Identity and Group Relations - Sean Darby, University of York