Girl refugees need the resources and help to rise above abject poverty and into basic self-sufficiency.
•Think Humanity, a positive change for refugees in Africa was formed as a 501c3 in December, 2007. Our goal and mission is to provide a positive change to refugees in Africa. Our projects include providing mosquito nets and medication to refugees in Africa and assisting orphaned children. The Girls Hoima Hostel project is a project to help orphaned girl refugees get an education. It was organized by the Coburwas Club in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in western Uganda and they requested Think Humanity to fund this education project at its conception, February 2008. In 2008 it consisted of 17 girls, but since February 2009 has grown to 65 girls. This project was formed because in the African culture girls are mistreated and their educational rights are abused. Twelve years and 80,000 refugees in the camp and no girls had ever finished A level. •All of our girls are either refugees or orphans. All are vulnerables, or people who do not have basic needs. They are refugees from the Kyangwali Settlement Camp approximately 50 miles from Hoima. Most are Congolese refugees from the North Kivu area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. North Kivu is the “most blood-soaked region in the world.” More than six million in this region have been killed in the past ten years. Many of our girls have seen their family members slaughtered, raped and tortured by rebels. Many of our girls have been victims of rape and violence.
Goals and Objectives:
•The goal is that our girls will attend the best schools in Hoima District. By getting an education it will change the lives of girl refugees who have been deprived basic rights due to cultural traditions, poverty and the pressure to get married.
Outcomes and Accomplishments:
•65 girls are going to the best schools in the district. 2) Girls have been able to recognize their rights and freedoms. 3) Our girls are the best students in their schools, even competing with Ugandan nationals. Mahoro Tisia is the top student at Kitara Secondary School out of 600 students. 4) Our girls are learning about leadership and management. (see website for leadership positions). President Jenipher Barega was chosen at her school to work with the school administration. These girls are also becoming great speakers in the refugee camp and also at their schools and other organizations, such as Coburwas Club and Think Humanity. 5) They are learning spiritual guidance and counseling. 6) They are competing in sports such as football (soccer). 7) To quote our Project Meds and Nets manager, “At the girl’s hostel four girls almost died. They were taken to the clinic and now they are studying very well. Think Humanity is saving lives.”