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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.”

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kelsperry's picture

brava!

This is wonderful. I just helped develop a university class on refugee health, and I spent a lot of time reviewing the situation of women and girls in conflict. The work you're doing is so crucial! My hat is off to you :).
Regards,
Kelsey

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Thank you Kelsey. Many people

Thank you Kelsey. Many people are not even aware about these situations. Before my daughter (journalist) traveled to Uganda in 2006, I was not aware either. We have a pre-med student going over at the beginning of the year to teach the women a class on healthy and safe births. We got a grant from the Australian Birthing Kit Foundation and are waiting to receive the kits in time for her to bring them with her for her training. Any advice or help you have in your paper would be appreciated. Charity (the student) will be in Uganda and Rwanada for 6 months and hopefully she can hold a few seminars on refugee health. Thanks also for your interest in women refugees. Beth

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Ugandan connections

Beth,

I wanted to introduce you to some of our Ugandan members whom perhaps Charity would like to connect with when she's over there.

Winnie Kiwalabye
Executive director, Mama Africa International Ministries Uganda
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/2814

Dr. Edonna
Senior Researcher, Marcus Garvey Pan Afrikan Institute
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/1857

Nalubega Teddy
Project coordinator, Uganda SPACE Organisation
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/1656

Olivia
IF Child Help
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/653

Moreen Nakalinzi
Women Empowerment Project Cordinator , Uganda Rural Fund
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/1468

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Thank you. I passed the email

Thank you. I passed the email on to Charity and asked her to join World Pulse. We are still waiting for the birthing kits to arrive so she can hand carry them back to the refugee camp. I hope to meet with her as soon as possible and lso ask her if she can find time to meet up with other women that would be able to help or to give advice. Beth

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joining pulsewire

Beth,

Great! We would love to have Charity on PulseWire. I wish her all the best in her travels and important work at the refugee camps in Uganda! These women that I mentioned are all doing great things and could possibly be a great resource for her. Thank you for continuing to utilize the PulseWire community to share the important work of Think Humanity!

Cheers,
Jade

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President of girl's hostel

Unfortunately we lost the president of our hostel November 14. She was Jenipher Barega age 17. We were treating her for malaria. After three days at our partner clinic she was feeling better. She even went to the hospital On the 13th she said she wanted to leave Hoima and return to her mother in the refugee camp. She seemd to be better. She had a meal with Emmanuel, the manager of Meds and Nets. He saw her off on the bus. One of the girls at the hostel excorted her home. She was with her mother when she died. They said that her head was hurting so badly. Although they say it was malaria, we believe it may have also been typhoid. Think Humanity will be going to visit the girls in January to encourage and regroup. It is a huge loss. Jenipher was an amazing young leader. At age 17 years old she was in charge of 64 girls. She will be missed.

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