Think Humanity, helping refugees in IDP Camps and UNHCR Camps by selling handmade jewelry made from recycled paper

Beth Heckel
Posted October 22, 2009 from United States

Think Humanity has partnered with a group of women from Uganda that live in the Acholi Quarter Camp for Internally Displaced Persons. Parents of night commuter children in Gulu, known in the USA as the “Invisible Children," are making beads to help earn family income and sustain a community financed food-aid program for their children. We purchase the jewelry from them and they benefit, but then we sell in the USA at a reasonable profit. 100% of the money then goes back to help with Think Humanity projects. It will then benefit those refugees displaced from war-affected countries living in Uganda in refugee settlement camps.

We are helping to build a small economy in Uganda, but at the same time helping our own self-sustainable projects in refugee camps.

Pictured is Agnes, a refugee from the DRC (Congo) who recently arrived in the Kyangwlai Refugee Camp in Western Uganda. In June 2009 Think Humanity gave mosquito nets to new refugees in the village of Rwenyawawa and Nyamiganda. Agenes is a widow with two children and three orphans. Her husband was killed by rebels. Her new hut has a leaky roof and is flooded every afternoon when it rains. No one helps only that we gave them mosquito nets.

We raise money to help widows like Agnes and her children. www.thinkhumanity.org

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Jade Frank
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 25, 2009

Thank you for sharing with us this important project that is helping women like Agnes to empower themselves. And what I love about free trade initiatives, is that it gives others who are so far away, a chance to help and become a part of that empowerment process. Where can someone purchase the jewelry made in Acholi Quarter Camp?

Cheers, Jade

Beth Heckel
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 25, 2009

Jade, So nice to hear from you. We sell the jewelry at venues, on Facebook and through our volunteers. We would like to set up a store on our website, but we have not done that yet. We have been a nonprofit for two years, but just started this partnership with Acholi in IDP camps a few months ago. I met an Acholi woman in Uganda while attending meetings in Kampala. Although, most of our time is spent in the UNHCR refugee camps. Since our mission is to help refugees it was nice that we could help internaly displaced with their jewelry by purchasing and also by selling and sending money back to educate girl refugees from war-torn areas, especially the DRC. Also orphans and self-sustainable projects benefit from jewelry sales. We have no overhead and no paid employees - we are run by volunteers and also empower refugees on the ground. If you wish to purchase jewelry you can find it on facebook. Think Humanity has a cause page, also you can contact me for photos and sales at Beth Heckel on Facebook. Soon we hope to have an online store. We are in the process of getting more organized. Thanks so much.

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/album.php?aid=137067&id=585735773www.thinkhumanity.org

Beth Heckel
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 25, 2009

Jade, my daughter reminded me that Think Humanity has an online Etsy account where we can sell things and people can pay for them online. I only had two things listed, but hopefully will find time to list more soon. Please keep checking. Bethhttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7318535