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Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Humanity for Children is committed to improving the quality of life of children in remote areas of East Africa through community-based, sustainable initiatives that empower individuals and positively affect health, education, safety, and economic conditions.

Programs: Medical Clinics - Humanity for Children is committed to providing basic health care such as vaccines, examinations, and medicines to children around the world that do not have access to basic medical needs. Humanity for Children has projects in the areas of health care, microfinance, community partnerships, and more.

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76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be invited to join a group of women traveling to Rwanda & Tanzania as representatives for Humanity for Children. Our January 2018 trip gave me the opportunity to see HFC’s good works firsthand. In Rwanda, HFC has given grants which provided a women’s group with sewing machines so they can produce vital school uniforms, 5th graders with solar lights so they can study at night, women in a joyous “dancing village” in Gahima with livestock, and women of Tumenyane with a financial grant so they could form a cooperative which supports individual economic ventures for self-sustainment. We didn’t just visit these ongoing projects, but we also had the chance to talk to these women & students. We heard stories of struggles & hardships, but today, because of HFC, these stories are ones of hope & change, but, most of all, empowerment. HFC’s grants have made these women stronger, more financially secure and afforded them equal respect among the men in the villages. The students are so hopeful, full of sheer joy & an unparalleled enthusiasm for learning. They have all been empowered by HFC to reach their potential, to be their best selves. It was beautiful to see. Likewise, the women of the Maasai Village in Longido Tanzania have gained respect from their husbands & equal footing in the village because they are producing jewelry & crafts which yield financial gains. HFC has changed lives. It may be small, but it is mighty. It vets all projects before approving funding & carefully monitors results. I am proud to support this charity. It is a great nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited several of Humanity for Children's (HFC) Projects in Rwanda in January, 2018. HFC is unique in that it gives grants (not loans) to community associations, thus making the people in the association responsible to eachother. I saw first hand how successful this approach is. We visited two craft associations and two agricultural associations. HFC provides money for sewing machines and knitting machines, for example, and the association can then make clothes and other things for sale. HFC provides funding for beans, pigs, and chickens to the agricultural associations and they are then able to become a sustainable business. We went as a group of 6 women on a "woman to woman" trip to talk to the recipients of the grants about how their lives have changed since receiving the grants. Most of the messages were similar; that now that they are bringing an income home, their husbands respect them more and they have more of a voice at home. Through its grants, HFC is empowering women and helping them support their families. They reported that they can now send their children to school because they can afford to purchase uniforms and they are able to buy health insurance for their families. It was amazing to talk with these women and hear about how they support eachother inter-personally as well as through their shared endeavors. We also visited a primary school where HFC gives solar lamps to all students the year before they take their national exams (grade 6) so that they can study at home. The students have no electricity and these lamps have had a wonderful impact. It was reported to us that ever since HFC has been providing the solar lamps, the students' scores on the national exam have increased. It is hard to put into words the impact that visiting these HFC projects impressed and inspired me. The baskets that I purchased from two of the craft cooperatives are a beautiful reminder of my trip. Everything we visited and everyone we met was viewed in the context of the 1994 genocide, which impacted everyone we met in some way.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania two times with Humanity for Children. My first trip in 2011 was with a group of four students from Westminster College in Fulton along with two other adults. The second journey was a “Women to Women” trip in January of 2018 with the mission of connecting with women and children in various villages and associations. In both cases, I experienced an intimate and powerful interaction with the joyful people of East Africa. There was singing and dancing, reporting of progress on projects, and sharing of our needs as women raising families.

Because of the language barrier, we had an interpreter with us at all times. This person not only helped with the language, but also gave us critical information about customs and about the projects (Bright Light, Craft Association sewing machines, livestock projects, etc.). Our guides quickly became our good friends and teachers. HfC prepared us before the trip and that preparation continued on the ground through our guides and the people we met.

The Humanity for Children organization LIVES its mission of respect for the culture and support for sustainable projects. Volunteers run the organization with only a few paid staff in the African villages to oversee the ongoing projects. Humanity for Children is a small organization with a big heart for helping children in East Africa. It is truly making a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you hear the words "life changing", it is difficult to imagine what it really means. For me, it occurred on my Humanity for Children trip to Africa. To intimately interact with children, mothers and community leaders left me feeling differently about all things and yet struck by how much all people want the same things - stability, good food, education, dignity and joy. Humanity for Children impacts thousands of lives with improved health, education and appreciation for other cultures. I cannot thank HFC enough for allowing me to travel to Rwanda and Tanzania with a committed group of volunteers with big hearts and infectious humor. Thanks for changing my life - for the better.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In January 2018, I had the fortunate opportunity to join a small group of women who travelled from Columbia and St. Louis, Missouri to East Africa as ambassadors and volunteers with Humanity for Children (HfC). We visited many of HfC’s projects and local partners throughout the villages of Rwanda and Northern Tanzania.

Upon arrival at each project, we were greeted with celebration, singing, and great gratitude for what Humanity for Children has helped them to accomplish. We sat with the members of the projects /associations and listened to them report on how they have used the funds, helped each other and even helped other villages. They told us about their challenges and their success and sometimes proposed ideas for additional ways to sustain and grow their business. Bright Lights - the solar light program has helped 5th grade students study at home to pass their National Examination which is required in order to proceed to the next grade. Funding for a goat generates more goats and leads the way to a sustainable income that can be used to put windows on a house, buy equipment or school uniforms or start a hair salon. HfC has supported the Maasai tribal women in their beautiful beadwork, which results in an income and empowers their voices and abilities in the family.

One of the many things that impresses me about this organization is their
commitment to economic empowerment and sustainability. Since 2006, they have taken the time to develop relationships with individuals, organizations, village and government leaders in order to understand the needs, challenges and successes of each area. HfC stays focused on their projects, which allows for a greater impact in the health, education and economy of each community. They partner with local representatives and organizations to ensure effective monitoring, development and sustainability.

HfC’s Kathryn Morgan and Bob Hansen have cultivated relationships with a variety people throughout the U.S. such as college students, soccer teams, church groups, Rotary Clubs and other charitable organizations, in order to bring volunteers for HFC’s projects and sustain financial support.

I am so grateful to have gotten involved with HfC and to have had this experience with my Missouri friends. We look forward to sharing the stories we heard and to expanding the support for the efforts of Humanity For Children.
Maybe another trip is in my future ??

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Delaney Loprieno. I am a Women's Soccer Player at Northern Illinois University. Some of the players on our team along with the men's team, have been working with Humanity for Children (HFC) since August 2017. We are part of a group that HFC has just started to use soccer as a way to help keep the children of Rwanda in school. We collected large amounts of gear, sent videos and created a plan to use the sport that we love to give hope and determination to these young children. This past May (2018) we got the opportunity to travel with Bob to Rwanda and meet the children we had been working with. We taught soccer clinics and visited many schools in the different villages spreading joy and sharing our love for soccer. On this trip we also learned about the history of Rwanda and their culture. The trip was an incredible/ eye opening experience that I will take with me forever. Bob has such great relationships with the Rwandan men and women that we visited. Humanity for Children is helping and supporting so many local businesses to help the lifestyle in these villages. Bob and HFC make it very clear that the money and items that they give to these people is used for good and to better the lives of as many people as possible. It was very clear that the work Humanity for Children does has made an impact on these people and I am grateful to be apart of it and cannot wait to see what other experiences I can have with this organization.
Thanks Humanity for Children!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

Since 2012, I have seen HFC transforming lives of many families in villages of Ngoma District in Rwanda. Humanity for children has been to to my knowledge one of the prominent non profits making a great difference to the betterment of lives bringing about emotional, social and financial transformation among many East African families.
I have always loved collaboration with HFC volunteers coming along. The HFC really brings about people with human heart with cheerful smile and resilience to penetrate into remote areas in order to meet those inn need.
Dieudonne

Client Served

Rating: 5


Moringe Laizer
I would like to take this time to acknowledge HFC in my community. I met with HFC four years ago, when our small local CBO known as loiborsiret sustainable education Forum send letter of partnering with them. Short time after that they visited us and saw many challenge that our community facing. Currently HFC and Local CBO implementing a project known as Traditional birth attendants in two marginalised maasai Villages (Loiborsiret and kimotorok) which have a population of 10 thousand resident. My community was experiencing about 70-80% mother and new born mortality rate due to lack of hospital and birth facilities. Our community lives about 150km from big cities with hospitals and facilities which are very difficulties as an outcome of bad roads and transport facility. Since HFC engaged in our community and implementing traditional birth attendant project the community experiencing the big differences by trained 60 traditional birth attendant from two villages and equipped them with full health facility like safe birth kit, solar lamps and basics of health care’s education. We experiencing many success stories in our community by helping delivery mothers and newly born to be safe during that process.
My heart fail to believe that our community get such an amazing support from HFC because they have enough to provide but hope that their ending less spirit and strong heart to bring differences in marginalised Communities like ours.
Now HFC fixed big tanks in school and small dispensary as their motives of solving the water problem in Kimotorok Villages while they are still working closely with the community to find better ways of obtaining clean and safe water in the entire Community. Since 100 years of life in Kimotorok our people consume very unsafe water from small wells together with their herds. I see like this a miracle to us and hope our community will be in better life in the near future with the support from our loved friends HFC.
Personaly,I have nothing to provide to you but I know and I believe in the end of this life Our God will crown you internal life because you provide to the need people like ours.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I appreciate what the HFC does in my community because it is a community oriented organization which aims at women's empowerment, gender equality, and promotion of basic human rights. my favorite projects are health centers in rural and remote places and futbol academy. I mostly recommend a futbol (football academy) academy because it helps our children to build their cultural values and to prepare their bright future. I wish that the HFC would be able to start the similar projects in the different parts of East African countries. Please a donation of $5 to the HFC can save many lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 3

Dear friends of Humanity for Children organization,
HFC helped the community of Ngoma district to connect and share experience with people from different cultures (cross-cultural experience) through sport activities and other social activities and through different skills which were not yet available in our community. Through this partnership, one health post was built in Gashanda Sector which is a remote area in Ngoma district and it is only health center ever existed in that big area. This Health center rescued people who used to walk more than ten miles to get medical services. Imagine if a woman travels that far after the labor starts; and also one Karama health center is under construction which will serve more than 80 000 people once it is completed.
In economic development, HFC supported many micro projects of both men and women in many parts of Ngoma district. There are groups of women who buy, keep, and sell food products when they are needed; there is bee-keepers project, many people benefit from livestock’s project initiated and supported by HFC. In brief, through different projects such commercial projects or economic activities, livestock’s projects, and agricultural projects, HFC transforms life of Ngoma Community to the extent that homeless people have bought their own homes, they send their children to school, they buy medical insurance for their families, and above all they have food to eat. As I write now, each family has at least a pig or got, even some of families bought cows for milk.

In education, I would like to highlight solar lamps’ project and school library. This project impacted the people in Gashanda who need lights in night. Providing a solar study lamp to students in Primary 6 grade they increase their joy and skills in reading before they take their national exam at the end of the year. The statistics are positive that the students’ scores and interest in reading are improved. These lamps help children improve their education, because they can do their homework, read while at home; and it also helped the local people to start a new Rotary Club—Mount Gisaka.

I would like to take this opportunity to honor and acknowledge the great changes Ngoma district has been experiencing in all areas of life since the presence of Humanity for Children in Eastern Rwanda where Ngoma district is located. I appreciate the time, resources, and skills that Humanity for Children is using to develop my community. HFC has challenged me with its dedication and courage which I have ever seen in my life.





ntibimenya

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Emmanuel NTIBIMENYA from Rwanda, Eastern province, Ngoma District , i'm a coordinator of Kazo soccer academy which is the project of focusing on keeping children to school, Giving good education about HIV/AIDS, conflicts resolution , Gender based violence,...in youth to help them prepare their future and building a good society and good relationship in societies through sport of youth.

I first worked with Humanity For Children in 2014,where they completely improved the life of children and their families via helping them to make the funds for small projects (hand craft makers, bee keepers,cultivators and formers ,youth soccer sport,....) to help the families getting the money to pay for school fees, heath insurence and food for children.

The best thing is that since i started to work as volunteer with this Organiztion of Humanity For Children no one payed them ,all activities,support and funds they do everything for only their love, they come in Africa every year to meet with the project members and other people in general and no one pay them ,it's all about love.

I thanks so much the board members and leaders of this organization HFC for thier commitment and i request then to keep up their good job of funding, supporting and care to the life lives of children and thier families.
Thank you so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm Ntibimenya Emmanuel (Emmy) from Rwanda, i was very excited and lucky to meet Humanity For Children four years ago, i have been experienced how HFC improved and saved the lives of children and their families in Kenya,Tanzania especially in Rwanda. HFC improve the life of many families in the way of helping and funding the small projects of groups or cooperatives in agriculture ( buy and selling products) ,HFC help the association members to get goats and pigs which help the families to get money for health insurance, pay school fees for their children and improve lives of children in everyday life, i was very appreciate for health post which can provide service of healthcare to hundred of people live in GASHANDA sector region, the solar lamps given to student in order to improve their performance to school where they live in the region whithout electric power ,those solar lamps help them to study at night time, i was also excited to talented women groups in hand craft makers helped by HFC to get a big market of their products there in US.
The very special and amazed thing is that in HFC no one payed for their hard work ,it's only for the love .
About my owner part, i'm a volunteer director of youth soccer academy in Rwanda,Eastern province ,NGOMA district ,KAZO sector,we use football in the way of putting together the hundred of youth both girls and boys to keep them in schools,education about conflict resolution in communities ,no gender based violence,fighting against drugs and alcohol ,HIV/AIDS,health,.... , before HFC we hadn't any direction because we hadn't even two balls to play in number of more than 100 children, after HFC we started new life with good direction with many programs in academy like providing school materials for children, health care ,sport materials ,...HFC changed the shape of youth in whole village by funding the programs of academy .
A huge thanks to HFC especially Dr.Bob ( member of board ) who travel and meet with the different associations in East Africa face to face every year.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very fortunate to be able to travel with other Humanity for Children volunteers on a trip to some of their funded partners in Rwanda and Tanzania in January, 2018 and experienced first hand the warmth, hospitality, and good will extended by these partners as they engage in community-building projects that empower women to improve the lives of their families. I heard personal testimonies from many women who spoke about how their participation in the projects funded by Humanity for Children had transformed their lives by providing them a means of income not previously available - and this income had allowed them to better fund their children's' education, secure stable housing, and strengthen their agency within their marriages.

In brief, HFC provides small-scale grants to community associations who bring forward projects that will be sustainable (in 5 years) and improve the lives of women and children. By way of example, some of these economic empowerment projects have included livestock projects, beekeeping projects, and the provision of sewing machines for producing school uniforms. HFC has also funded health related projects including the constructing regional health clinics, engineering safe water supplies, and training traditional birth attendants in safer birth practices. In each case, HFC works to help realize vision of local stakeholders who want to to build stronger communities by empowering women.

Witnessing this first had was an amazing, uplifting experience that is beyond anything I've ever experienced - and I'm retired from a very satisfying career as a physician. I can't say enough about the good work of HFC!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In last seven years i get to know Humanity for Children, an amazing humanitarian organization that is offering humanitarian helps to the marginalized communities of East Africa( Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania) in the way that i have never imagine, HFC current is implementing a life saving project in Maasai local communities of North Tanzania, that aim to reduce mother and new born mortality rate in this part of the country, through providing health education and placement of basic health facilities to local people. HFC trained 60 traditional birth attendant from the really needy and unprivileged communities and provide them with safe birthing kits, solar lumps and other birthing assist requirements, that is to ensure poor a mother or a newborn are saved in time.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HFC came to our community as a catalyst of local development through micro projects of both men and women in many parts of Ngoma district. What strikes me is how HFC is community oriented organization, it works with least people in the community such people who buy, keep, and sell food products when they are needed; bee-keepers , and many other people who benefit from livestock’s project. In another words, what fascinated me is different commercial projects or economic activities, livestock’s projects, and agricultural projects that HFC uses to transforms life of Ngoma Community holistically--homeless people have bought their own homes, they send their children to school, they buy medical insurance for their families, and above all they have food to eat. As I write now, each family has at least a pig or got.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children helps and empowers women in Ngoma district through small generating income projects. I appreciate how women's projects transformed their families and the community in general. Now one can tell a big difference between periods before and after the arrival of the HFC in the area. May God bless HFC

Claire Marie

1 Matthew C. R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the Spouse of someone deeply involved with this particular nonprofit, I can confidently describe what they do as nothing short of amazing. The time and effort spent to enrich the lives of others is phenomenal. My perspective is unique in the way that I hear and see things form the inside...a perspective that many don't get. I'm really proud to have a nonprofit like Humanity for Children here locally, and even more proud my amazing Wife is as involved as she is. It's truly awe inspiring.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm continually amazed at the quality of volunteers that give up their time, talents, and treasures to HFC. Nurses, midwives, doctors, teachers, students, professors/teachers, business people....and so many more. I'm proud to be part of this organization and look forward to meeting new volunteers and contributors. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to make a difference for this organization and for the people of East Africa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be working with Humanity for Children. Most people don't realize that nobody in the organization's leadership gets paid for their time and that all of us pay our own expenses when we travel to Africa. The only paid staff are three on-the-ground workers in East Africa.

When asked about our administrative overhead, we can be very truthful when we say that almost 100% of our contributions go directly to projects in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. We are a lean and transparent organization that is always seeking to improve.

On behalf of our board of directors, I want to thank our Executive Director, Kathryn Morgan, for her efforts and commitment to our work, and to all of our volunteers who serve the organization with great passion and enthusiasm.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dear friends of Humanity for Children organization,
HFC helped the community of Ngoma district to connect and share experience with people from different cultures (cross-cultural experience) through sport activities and other social activities and through different skills which were not yet available in our community. Through this partnership, one health post was built in Gashanda Sector which is a remote area in Ngoma district and it is only health center ever existed in that big area. This Health center rescued people who used to walk more than ten miles to get medical services. Imagine if a woman travels that far after the labor starts; and also one Karama health center is under construction which will serve more than 80 000 people once it is completed.
In economic development, HFC supported many micro projects of both men and women in many parts of Ngoma district. There are groups of women who buy, keep, and sell food products when they are needed; there is bee-keepers project, many people benefit from livestock’s project initiated and supported by HFC. In brief, through different projects such commercial projects or economic activities, livestock’s projects, and agricultural projects, HFC transforms life of Ngoma Community to the extent that homeless people have bought their own homes, they send their children to school, they buy medical insurance for their families, and above all they have food to eat. As I write now, each family has at least a pig or got, even some of families bought cows for milk.

In education, I would like to highlight solar lamps’ project and school library. This project impacted the people in Gashanda who need lights in night. Providing a solar study lamp to students in Primary 6 grade they increase their joy and skills in reading before they take their national exam at the end of the year. The statistics are positive that the students’ scores and interest in reading are improved. These lamps help children improve their education, because they can do their homework, read while at home; and it also helped the local people to start a new Rotary Club—Mount Gisaka.

I would like to take this opportunity to honor and acknowledge the great changes Ngoma district has been experiencing in all areas of life since the presence of Humanity for Children in Eastern Rwanda where Ngoma district is located. I appreciate the time, resources, and skills that Humanity for Children is using to develop my community. HFC has challenged me with its dedication and courage which I have ever seen in my life.





Sireen T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Humanity for Children (HFC) and researched on the Safe Birthing Kit initiative that HFC is doing. Throughout the research process, I learned a lot about safe birthing kits, clinical training, maternal and child health and the important role organizations like HFC has been playing in the lives of people in remote communities. HFC also focuses on what the community really needs rather than just implementing a project that may not necessarily be impactful. They also make sure that their projects are sustainable and can be led by the locals. I really loved working for Humanity for Children as it made me feel good that I was contributing to such a great organization that truly cares. I hope I can join HFC in the future to visit the remote communities.

Roewe13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania this past summer (June 2017) with Humanity for Children. It was a rewarding, unforgettable experience. I was given the opportunity to learn and experience a new culture and it exceeded my expectations. Humanity for Children not only helps improve the lives of children and families in remote areas, they create a strong, continuing connection and relationship with the communities they visit. Humanity for Children truly knows the people in the communities and their families. The sustainable projects they have created are successful. People can provide health insurance for their families, and children have solar lamps so they can read at night which has shown to improve the children's grades and increase their passion to stay in school. I am very blessed to have been able to experience first hand such a great organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my most favorite organization! I have volunteered for other ngo's working in Africa but this organization is by far one I am happy to have been affiliated with and work for. HFC does not have its own agenda, rather it responds to requests for assistance and education and problem solving. Leadership carefully evaluates any aid requests for direct response to their mission, for sustainability, and most impressive and important, they are there, on sight several times a year to follow up, evaluate, advise and LISTEN. They realize that basics like health care (I was involved in training the traditional birth attendants), clean water, educational support, youth services, and micro loans impact the children in these often forgotten village populations, and their elders are then able to make changes for their well being. It's about relationship, community and hands on response to self identified needs. HFC is a loving, realistic, and responsive non profit staffed by volunteers who willingly give of their time, resources, and many talents. Their success and longevity speaks volumes. This is a really great organization (and I know because I have seen so many others try and not meet the mark) that people can be sure their donations are 100% on target. Volunteer with them for the experience of a lifetime.

1 Jakob S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Bob on the back end of things has been a great and rewarding experience. The most important part is the love and care that HFC gives, and that the donations 100% go to help those in need. I really like how we don't assume the needs of those we help, but we ask them what they need or want.