In Uganda, young girls aren't given the same chances as boys.
Without access to education they often marry young, have large families that they are unable to care for, and are forced to work difficult jobs for very little pay.
Since 2008, we have partnered with Think Humanity, an organization that runs a hostel in Hoima, Uganda for young refugee girls from all across Africa, many of whom are orphaned.
Solely through the sale of our products we are able to fully fund the hostel and provide everything necessary for these girls to receive an education. Health care, food, tuition, utilities, transportation, support staff, school fees, clothing, uniforms, toiletries, school supplies, books and more are completely paid for - all thanks to your purchases!
To a young refugee in Uganda hope is an education.
Beth Heckel, the founder and director of Think Humanity, explains further what this means to them.
"The Think Humanity Girls Hostel Program was developed to bring 30 girls together under one roof so that they can receive a secondary school education within the town of Hoima, Uganda.
The majority of our girls, many whom are orphaned, are also innocent victims of war. Due to this, girls are living as refugees and are displaced from different locations such as South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and northern Uganda.
Without the opportunity to study further, these children would likely get married at a young age, earn low incomes, have large families they cannot support, and thus continue the cycle of poverty and underdevelopment. Think Humanity’s program intends to break that cycle.
This program goes beyond simply getting access to secondary education. These children will be engaging in supplementary activities to give them the leadership skills and tools necessary to succeed in life. Additional activities and support include educational seminars, skill training, leadership development, sports, access to nutritious food and health care.
The first year of the program all of the girls passed successfully and many were top students and leaders in their schools. We believe that a big portion of this success is due to our great partnership with Unlock Hope. While most children in this region have meals consisting of a corn flour paste or porridge, our girls have been blessed with three nutritious meals a day. Nutrition is one important key to high performance in school. Unlock Hope has kept our children strong, healthy and able to focus on their studies.
TH girls want to become doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers and journalists and Unlock Hope is ready to take this one big step further by providing as much support as possible to see that these girls’ dreams come true.
Education for girls has been identified as one of the best solutions to reversing the relentless trend of poverty and disease. We believe that when you educate a girl, you can potentially educate an entire nation!
Through partnership, Think Humanity and Unlock Hope plan to impact the future of many lives through education."