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Thinkhumanity Inc

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Causes: Economic Development, Health, Health (General & Financing), Human Services

Mission: Our mission: To help save lives and provide hope for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa by improving provisions for healthcare, clean water, education and socio-economic development.

Results: see above We have given out approximately 110,000 mosquito nets, constructed more than 90 wells, the health center has assisted more than 50,000 patients, we have educated hundreds of children, and recently fed nearly 900 families totaling more than 30 tons of food.

Target demographics: We give out mosquito nets, educate children, provide healthcare and construct water wells. We also support socio-economic development.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2020 we had to deal with lockdowns. We were able to feed families and gave out more than 26 tons of food. In addition, we constructed ten wells and gave out thousands of mosquito nets. Before the lockdown and when allowed, we had children in school. We continued to purchase products from the Acholi women in Uganda, although fundraising was a challenge. We continued construction at the future Think Humanity school. Up to today we have a hostel, kitchen, latrines, office, main hall and classroom block. We are ready as soon as COVID-19 leaves Uganda!

Geographic areas served: Refugee Camps, IDP Camp and villages in Uganda. The people that we serve are Ugandans, Congolese, Sudanese and Rwandans.

Programs: Bed Nets 4 Life (mosquito nets to fight malaria )

Clean Water Project

Think Humanity Girls' Hostel project

Education (individual sponsored children) Socio-economic Development During COVID-19 we have been providing food to widows and orphans.

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26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Aimee M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Authentic, caring, a proven track record. This nonprofit has made major differences among the neediest people in the world.

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ThinkHumanity 08/03/2021

Thank you Aimee!! It would never had been possible without your first trip to Uganda and all that you have done to make this what it is today.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Think Humanity is one of the rare nonprofits with no overhead or admin costs, meaning it donates 100% of the money it raises to directly help people in need. This is nearly unheard of. This is a nonprofit with a ton of heart and accountability, working closely (face to face) with African leaders. Not to mention it has made a huge impact.

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ThinkHumanity 08/06/2020

Aimee, because of you all this is possible. The ripple effect...and it is no longer just a ripple, but a wave.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are blessed to support Think Humanity financially. The work they do to feed, educate, and secure impoverished people is important and vital. May God's blessing and grace rest on this nonprofit, their people, and the work they do.

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ThinkHumanity 07/12/2021

Thank you John and Linda for the kind words. Yes! the work is important and we also have the same prayer. Blessings to you both. Beth

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think Humanity is by far one of the best nonprofits I have ever worked with. They are down to earth and personable and really care about their volunteers and the people they are helping in the US and Uganda. They have helped countless African refugees through education, health assistance, malaria prevention, clean water wells, fair trade economic opportunities, and much more. They are my favorite humanitarian non-profit organization who runs completely on volunteer power. This model allows the majority of the funding to go straight to empowering refugees in Uganda to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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ThinkHumanity 07/03/2021

Thank you Sharon! Think Humanity (and my family) appreciates all that you do. Selling products for girl education has been so helpful. Recently you have donated toward feeding orphans. You have done so much to help others. You helped to educate our #1 guy in Think Humanity and we cannot thank you enough for that - it has been such a great investment. He is a shining example of that. Thank you also for your kind review. Many thanks to you always! --Beth

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with many nonprofits over the years but I have stayed with Think Humanity for 13 years because of the great work that they do for people in need in Uganda. Beth & Jim Heckel have dedicated their lives to helping refugees and under served communities in Uganda by empowering them with quality education, healthcare, food/nutrition, clean water, shelter, employment, job skills, dignity & hope. Since everyone involved with Think Humanity is a volunteer all proceeds go directly to much needed projects including clean water wells, life saving mosquito bed nets, birthing kits for expectant mothers, and school supplies & teachers for young minds ready to break the cycle of poverty.
My young daughter linked her elementary school in Colorado to a school in Uganda which helped build a cross cultural relationship between 2 schools across the world. Through Think Humanity her school was able to raise money for a well and a new safe school building for these African children. What a wonderful reality for the children in both countries to experience! Think Humanity is not just a nonprofit, its a family who loves and cares for the people they work with locally and in Africa. Along with helping many individuals, villages, families, and schools, Think Humanity gives special attention to marginalized Africans such as struggling refugees needing hope and guidance and young girls wanting to attend school. I am proud to be involved with the wonderful and life changing work Think Humanity helps create in the lives of so many people in need. The world could use many more nonprofits like Think Humanity to help heal & support the human race.

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ThinkHumanity 08/06/2020

Thank you Sharon. We are grateful to have you in the Think Humanity family. You have held a big part and have worked diligently for 13 years to see that the people who are served through Think Humanity are helped. You have changed many lives.

3 Sarah Boydstun R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and contributing to Thinkhumanity Inc. for almost ten years now. It was my honor to help put one young girl through their girl's school. She has now attended college and is pursuing classes to become an attorney. I held a fundraiser for Thinkhumanity recently and was able to raise enough money to provide a single mother and her three daughters and two grandchildren with a new house and much-needed basic provisions in a refugee camp. It is truly an awesome thing to see all that they have accomplished through their mission work in Uganda. Their accountability to their donors and sponsors is impeccable. I constantly encourage others to become involved. I know that every penny I give to them blesses someone's life.

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ThinkHumanity 07/03/2021

Thank you Sarah! You have helped us to reach ten reviews for 2021. We appreciate all that you have done over the years. Educating your student has made an amazing impact for her life. She is now able to find ways to make a living as well as helping in her own community. In addition, helping Alivera has made a difference in her life and the lives of her children and grandchildren. The strong roof over their head was something I am sure she never could have imagined. We all loved to see her joy (dancing and singing) in thanks to you. You have helped with mosquito nets and so many things - in fact, you have made a difference in the world for so many. Thank you and many blessings to you!! -Beth

2 CurtisF

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you find a transparent nonprofit that gives 100% of their money to the mission, you know you found a treasure. My husband and I support T.H. girl education for one student. We also spend time volunteering by selling African Handmade Products at local events. The bed net distributions, clean water wells, and health care are all offered to disadvantaged communities for free. It is easy to see how donations are used by following Think Humanity on social media, plus there is constant communication to the donors.
For a small, grass roots organization, the impact is huge. Curt and Deana A

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ThinkHumanity 07/02/2021

...and what would Think Humanity do without YOU!! There's a reason that you and Curt are called Think Humanity Florida! Thank you -- God bless you both.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled to Uganda with Think Humanity twice and look forward to returning. This is a grass roots nonprofit that proves that you can make a difference. Since everyone involved is a volunteer and there is no overhead, Think Humanity is able to make event the smallest donations go far. I have participated in bed net distributions and well dedications deep into the bush. To see the contaminated water these people were drinking is heartbreaking. They are so grateful for fresh water wells. They are grateful in a way we who live in the USA can't comprehend. The education program is remarkable. The young ladies who are living at the Hostel have hope because they are receiving an education. Getting to know refugee and Ugandan people has been life changing for me. God led me to this purpose, volunteering and supporting this organization is the most rewarding work I have ever done.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Think Humanity is responsible for the awakening of many to the plight of the people in Uganda, which has changed all our lives for the better. It is through Think Humanity we have been blessed to help widows and orphans with food and housing along with educating young women so that they can go on to change a nation. As a donor, I can attest to the complete transparency that is provided concerning how, when and what our donations are used for. This organization is meticulous in providing details of how the people are being helped and what new projects are planned for the future. We are proud to be a part of Think Humanity and continue to pray for their future and the future of Uganda.

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ThinkHumanity 07/02/2021

Thank you Kim. This is how we hope to always run Think Humanity. We try to keep it personal so that the donor know who is being helped and how they are helped. Quotes from the people who benefit are important too, because we always want to know how they feel. Your words are important to us and we do appreciate all that you have done for so many people. You and Mike have helped so many girls with their education, helped build the school, donated towards wells, and helped feed many during the pandemic lockdown. Thank you! --Beth

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Donor

Rating: 5

ThinkHumanity is my favorite nonprofit because I know that every dollar raised and/or donated goes to help the women and children in need. But it's not just charity, it is providing a quality education to disadvantaged children living in extreme poverty. Education is a gift that lasts a lifetime, and benefits many many more than the individual being educated, by its ripple effect. And it's not just education, it is also food for hungry orphans and widows, and clean drinking water, as well as medical care. These are all basic needs that, when provided, enable the recipients to continue improving the state of their own lives, and the lives of the people around them. The fundraisers involve sales of unique quality goods and gifts handmade by some of the people receiving the help. Each purchase is a gift x 2, when the one who created it receives the payment in whatever form is needed, as well as the person receiving the gift you purchased for them. It could not be a more "win-win" situation. This nonprofit is excellent in every way: well established, well organized, impeccably trustworthy and conscientious. I love supporting ThinkHumanity in every way I can!

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ThinkHumanity 07/02/2021

EsseVintage - wow!! Thank you for such a complimentary review for Think Humanity. I love that you mention how it is a ripple effect - not "just" an education but changes lives for the future. Also the products that are sold, is a double gift. It helps the women to learn a skill, feed their families PLUS a wonderful gift to give in the USA (or to wear for ourselves!) I love the things that you have pointed out. Thank you so much. Thank you also for being involved in TH. We appreciate everything, --Beth

1 Connie Frankenfield E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Think Humanity for many years. I usually have two events in my home twice a year. The Pandemic put a hold on it last year but I was able to have it in a business setting with a friend. It was a great success. I am having an event in my home in October and cannot wait to help these beautiful people. I have never met Beth but feel that I know her from her presence on FB. This organization is simply the best. Looking forward to many years of working with/for them.

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ThinkHumanity 07/02/2021

Dearest Connie! Thank you for your kind words. We are always grateful for your events. In addition to home events you have held very helpful Facebook fundraisers -for example, you raised enough for the tin sheet roof on the kitchen at the future school. I never forget all that you do and will always appreciate it. Thank you. Beth

2 Dadglad

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to this organization for a number of years and will continue to be involved for as long as I am capable. It allows me the opportunity to feel I am actually making a difference from my little corner of it all in this vast community we call the world. Preaching love & peace is a lifestyle I am proud to be a part of. God Bless this organization and most of all its devoted Administration .
Donnie Gladfelter

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ThinkHumanity 07/02/2021

Dear Donnie, thank you for your kind words. You have been a big part in so many ways. You and Paula have helped little Racheal - she would never have had this chance without you. Every time we hold fundraisers for feeding families, mosquito nets, helping orphans -such as the ABC Program -you are there! You have made so many positive changes it would be impossible to count them all. God bless YOU! --Beth

1 Ann M.9

Donor

Rating: 5

As an Australian children's author, I care passionately about literacy and I believe it is the right of every child to receive an education, regardless of their location or circumstances. Amongst the many compassionate projects that Think Humanity funds and oversees, I value most the opportunity that this organisation has given me to assist with the upkeep and education of refugee children in Uganda. These children are often orphans, and/or living in such extreme poverty that without Think Humanity, they could not be guaranteed survival, let alone a chance to attend school. Education is the pathway out of poverty and into a future of hope and it has been my privilege to help provide food, clothing, school fees, uniforms, books and other necessities for learning.

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ThinkHumanity 07/02/2021

Dear Ann, thank you for the positive review. It would not be possible without kind-hearted people such as you. You have helped so many children. Nancy, Teddy and Moses, Peace, Rebecca, and the list is long. You have fed and clothed many as well as helped them with basics as you have mentioned above. It is always a pleasure to hear from you whether we are planning on which child to help next or just chatting about issues from around the world. You are always appreciated. Many blessings, Beth

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Rating: 5

Fantastic non profit! The work they do in Uganda is amazing! It is wonderful that they build wells for fresh water. The orphan program and the girls education is so important!

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ThinkHumanity 07/01/2021

Thank you MamaB for your positive comments. We appreciate that you see the importance of our programs. We love your 5 star. - Beth

2 Hilary S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Think Humanity truly delivers on its mission by providing clean drinking water through wells and food (particularly during COVID when a total lockdown made trucks unable to get food to those in small villages )- the government allowed Think Humanity boots on the ground to get humanitarian aid to help by providing food to people who would otherwise starve. They provide healthcare to as many people as possible. In addition, the insecticide-embedded bed nets donated by Think Humanity provide an effort to reduce the malaria cases (malaria is from mosquito bites). Also, they provide education for students, mostly young ladies. I love that the money donated is applied specifically toward the project that it is donated for (we have donated for healthcare, sponsored a few young ladies over the years, donated many bed nets, and our daughter donated for a well honoring her). I have donated for over 7 years to Think Humanity, and enjoy telling others about the wonderful work that they ACTUALLY do.

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ThinkHumanity 07/01/2021

Thank you Hilary. Think Humanity appreciates all that you have done over the years. Helping children with their education, your daughter's well, buying products, mosquito nets...the list is long and our thanks to you are just as long as well!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Think Humanity is just the best nonprofit I've experienced. They are very honest and send me notices of how my money was used, when it reached the destination, plus tell me how my students whom I sponsor are doing. I also work with their medical clinic and I get up-to-date notices of how the clinic is doing: number of patients, number of medical problems, etc. Since Think Humanity's work is in Uganda, they are able to work with the local government and more importantly, work with the people in the nearby refugee camp. They have a great rapport with the local camp commander. Plus, I get photos of many of their operations and the students I sponsor in school, plus their report cards.

Finally, I can't say enough good things about Think Humanity.

Pat Troeltzsch

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ThinkHumanity 07/01/2021

Thank you Pat. You have helped so many. I think right now of Mugisha, Jonathan, and Nirere and all that you have done for them and their families, the Rotary grant for the Think Humanity Health Center in Kyangwali and you continue to help the health center and to make sure women and children get medical care. We go back way to the beginning together. Thank you for your kind words. We always appreciate you.

7 Rosemary Fisher W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have always had a heart for helping those in need; but we never felt comfortable about donating to a cause when we were unsure of how funds would be distributed. But then we were given an opportunity to go on a mission trip to Uganda in March of 2020, and we were led to Think Humanity.

On our first day we worked at Think Humanity Girls Hostel, which was still under construction. We were told that up to 50 girls would be living and learning there and that the goal is to inspire, educate and empower them to help break the cycle of poverty.

Our small mission group was onsite to install solar lighting so the girls would have light in the evenings to help with their studies. It was a very long day; we worked hard until well after sunset. But when the lights were turned on a feeling of exhilaration, love and accomplishment filled our hearts. We looked forward to meeting the young ladies who would benefit from our labor.

The next morning we were invited to celebrate Sunday Services with the girls of Think Humanity. Upon arrival we were met by a group of excited young ladies so neatly dressed in their crisp white tops and navy blue skirts. They welcomed us with open arms, smiling, giving us hugs while walking us to a small room, their common area, where the girls gather to study and eat. We all sat close together on simple wooden benches while these young ladies lead us through a service that literally brought tears to our eyes. From the music, to the bible readings, to the sermon, to the blessing - these young ladies shined with confidence and their enthusiasm and love for the Lord embraced us. That small room was filled with the Spirit. It was an experience we will never forget.

We pray we will have an opportunity to return to Uganda again to see how the young ladies at Think Humanity are progressing. In the mean time, we will continue to send donations to help fund Think Humanity’s mission and vision. We have seen first hand how dedicated and trustworthy this non-profit organization is. They are responsible stewards for such an extremely worthy cause. We are confident that 100 percent of our donations will be directed to those who are most in need. Please consider blessing Think Humanity by sending in a donation.

John and Rosemary White
Melbourne, Florida

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ThinkHumanity 08/17/2020

John and Rosemary, What a wonderful review. It is easy to fall in love with the Think Humanity students and team, but I am sure that the feelings went both ways. We are not only grateful for your extremely kind words, but for all of your support as well. Most sincerely - Beth

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Deana years ago through a friend who hosted a ‘party’ for her to sell handmade items the refugee women in Uganda made. I was so deeply touched with their mission at Think Humanity that I would reach out to Deana every year and buy several items for Christmas presents. One particular year I went to her home and picked out some things and as I was leaving she shows me an ornament. It was made of paper beads to look like a wreath. She said they were five dollars and that she had hundreds of them to sell. I politely said I wasn’t sure how to sell them (I was so busy and didn’t think I could take anything else on) and she smiled and said well just take one. You don’t need to pay for it. I thanked her and left. That evening my son, who never asks for help with his homework, asked me to come help him with some answers about a book he read in school. The book was called ‘A Long Walk to Water’. It is the story of a refugee boy in the very part of the world where Think Humanity works their miracles. I couldn’t believe the coincidence. God was speaking to me. I helped my son with his homework and took the book and didn’t put it down until I was finished. I knew I needed to help Deana share her work with these kids. I arranged a day at school for her to come in and talk to two of my sons classes. Deana did an amazing job showing the kids pictures and telling them what it is like for kids their age in Uganda. Do you know those kids raised over $500? For every ornament they bought, they knew they were buying a bed net to protect 4 kids like themselves from malaria. Those are the real lessons kids need to learn. God told me I wasn’t done yet though and I introduced Deana to some small business owners I know in town who sold over $500 more in ornaments. It was such an amazing feeling to know that we had spread their mission and raised money. I think what I like most is that we see the pictures of the people we are helping. We see their smiles, we can feel their love. I sponsored a girl for her last year of school and am now helping her family with food during COVID. I was sent a picture of her family all smiling and I keep it on the ledge with the rest of my family. This is the only organization that has ever touched me in such a personal way and it couldn’t be any further away in the world. I very much believe in their work and I feel blessed to help them. This is my story. I can’t wait to read yours.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to go with Jim and Beth Heckel to Uganda for 3 weeks. They are so passionate and compassionate about meeting the NEEDS of the suffering people. I was impressed with the variety of services that Think Humanity offers to help relieve suffering and also to raise people up thru education. I especially liked that they identify, train, and empower local leaders to use our resources for the greatest good.

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ThinkHumanity 08/12/2020

Thank you Larry for the kind words and for all the help that you've provided to hundreds of people in Uganda.

5 Robyn Mackenzie B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thinkhumanity is sharing ....the love of the Lord, prayer, food, and lots of sweet happenings. They care, truly care for the people they serve. God bless them.

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ThinkHumanity 08/09/2020

Thank you Robyn! So kind of you to leave this review. Think Humanity appreciates all that you do.

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Rating: 5

Through our church we have raised money for Think Humanity fresh water wells and mosquito bed nets. One of the comments from our donors is the excellent accountability that Think Humanity can pride itself with. It makes such a difference to see what is happening with (100%) of the funds. One of our ministries had donated for a well through a different nonprofit. They never heard if the well was constructed or if it helped anyone. This is never the case with Think Humanity. People love to support an honest cause that is changing lives for the better and obviously saving lives too.

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ThinkHumanity 08/09/2020

Thank you Deana. You have worked so hard to see that so much can be possible in Uganda. We cannot thank you enough.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the work that Think Humanity has and is doing in Uganda. Each time I have donated, I receive a thank you which tells exactly what the money will be used for. It seems that they are able to do so much with small amounts of money! I have been especially touched by how TH has been reaching out to refugees during the pandemic, finding the very most vulnerable people and helping them.

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ThinkHumanity 08/09/2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We certainly try our best to acknowledge all the donors. Without them (you!) we could not do what we do. -Beth

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Think Humanity's CEO's are unique in that they have very close relationships with the people they serve in Uganda and with their team of Ugandans whom many are past refugees themselves. One doesn't see this with large NGO's. TH has less than 1% administration fees because they donate all their time which is almost a full time job. Go to their Facebook page and hear the personal stories of families TH has given food. You can be sure your donation will be used well and be appreciated.

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ThinkHumanity 08/09/2020

Thank you Dr. Reents. We certainly try. We have so much respect for the refugee volunteers in Uganda. they work so hard to see that others are lifted up. We appreciate all that you do to be such a big part of Think Humanity, Inc.

6 Deborah Sue P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Think Humanity a few years ago through social media. Their mission, goals, hopes, and work for all humanity resonated with me which led me to become a sponsor for children in Uganda. Think Humanity, as a charitable organization, holds the highest standards and consistently meets them. The family that founded Think Humanity adheres to those same high standards without fail. The breadth of the work they do is expansive and diverse reaching multiple areas of need. This charitable organization is one of the most transparent, responsive, involved, reputable, engaged, and compassionate I've ever had the privilege of serving others through. Their continued support of and work toward aiding our most vulnerable, less fortunate, and at risk populations inspires, amazes, and impresses. Think Humanity evidences humility and sincere gratitude in all that they do and aspire to be. I have the highest respect and admiration for Think Humanity. ~ Deborah

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ThinkHumanity 08/06/2020

Deborah, Thank you so much for this wonderful review. Without people like you I cannot imagine where we would be (or not). You are one of the most compassionate people that we know. Thank you so much for all that you do to help others around the world.

4 Reba S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was privileged to volunteer with Think Humanity in their early days, doing PR and fundraising both in Uganda and in the United States. I can't tell you how impressed I continue to be with Think Humanity's dedication to refugees and their persistent quality of leadership. They have consistently built from he ground up, where there once was nothing: schools, clinics, wells for clean water. They have helped COUNTLESS refugees find wellness, education and provided so many necessities that we take for granted every day. They are an absolute joy to work with and be around. I can honestly say in addition to the recipients of Think Humanity's generosity, I am a better person for having volunteered with them and will continue to be a donor and supporter of this great cause.

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ThinkHumanity 08/06/2020

Thank you Reba. You are always part of the Think Humanity family. Those "early years" you mentioned were so important. That was our foundation. We were honored to have you with Think Humanity and that is a trip we will always remember in such a positive way. Thank you for recently helping us with feeding families during Covid-19 and for providing care to orphans. You are valued!

3 Jackie Curry R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be able to be a part of this great organizations by my meager donations. They have helped some of the neediest groups of people in so many ways - From mosquito nets and digging wells for fresh water to providing medical care. They help provide housing and education for young women and see to the needs of orphans. Most recently, they have been providing food for many families impacted by the Covid-19 crises. I never worry about where my money is going when I give to Think Humanity!

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ThinkHumanity 08/06/2020

Thank you Jackie. You have been with Think Humanity from the very beginning and we are so grateful for all that you have done to see that children get an education, feeding families during Covid-19 and pretty much everything that we have done to help the beautiful people of Uganda-you have been a part. Thank you for your dedication.