Makeshift Medical Clinic in one of the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh
As we speak a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions is unfolding in Bangladesh. More than 700,000 Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority are now seeking refuge and filling camps in Bangladesh as they escape indescribable brutality from Myanmars military.
It has been reported that 60% of the inhabitants are children who arrived at the camp malnourished with little to no resources for food, water, or health services.
Due to the physical location as well as political situations getting theses refugees the aid they need has been very challenging.
Our Founder and Director Angie Hungerford went to Bangladesh herself in November of 2017 to set up a Makeshift Medical Clinic and to work in the camps providing aid, support, and assistance.
Angie is currently scheduled to go back to Bangladesh late January 2018. If you would like to donate to our efforts there please see this link – www.sotheycanthrive.com/donate
We cannot provide this vital service to humanity without generous donations from you.
If you have more questions about the Rohingya Refugee Crisis please see this October 16th, 2017 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency video –
The Good Grace Farms (7 each) in and around Kacerere Village, Uganda
We manage 7 farms in and around Kacerere Village, Uganda.
We have 6 farms locally within Kacerere and a 20 acre farm on the outskirts of Kacerere.
The crops we grow on these farms help feed the students at the two schools we have in Kacerere, and excess crops are sold to the general public to offset the cost of maintenance costs, and to cover teacher’s wages at our schools, for future projects, and for improvements to the farms themselves.
The crops include: maize, beans, cabbage, rice, potatoes, and tomatoes.
We very much understand the importance of tradition. That being said – we are looking to bring in some modern farming ideas to this project – specifically crop rotation, companion planting, irrigation and composting.
The Good Grace Primary School – So They Can Thrive Project
Our very first project was The Good Grace Primary School in Kacerere Village, Uganda – a community so remote, it is often not found on a map.
This school is equivalent to Pre K through 7 in the United States. Our first year in operation, we educated 180 children. Year two 240, year three 280, year four 330, 2017 is our 5th year and attendance is 380.
We are projecting the figures to continue to rise.
Our curriculum follows the local ministry of education, and includes: English, health, math, social studies, science, music, physical education, history, and agriculture.
Education is the only way to combat extreme poverty, and a child can make better for themselves, family, and community with an education.
Children and Education in Uganda
Almost half of the population of Uganda is under the age of 14, according to a 2011 survey, and of those between 5 and 15, more than 30% are forced to work.
The current education system focuses a lot of attention on repetition and memorization of information needed to pass state exams. Many families continue to struggle to meet the financial needs of an education.
We believe that educating the future generations is key to Uganda’s economic stability and the continued improvement of living conditions for its citizens. Our goal is to encourage the continued education of our students and to provide the facilities to make this happen.
Public spending on education was only 5.2% of the GDP between 2002 and 2005.
The literacy rate for youths 15 to 24 years old hovers around 83%. But the ability to read and write is not enough. Secondary school enrollment rates are below 30%, for both men and women.
60,000 to 70,000 students per year are qualified to go on to secondary schooling. However, at most 25,000 will be accepted into the limited number of institutions providing it.
Without continued education most primary school graduates do not raise their standard of living very far.
Government schools are available to the public. However, due to lack of funding, many students go to school without school supplies. Furthermore, students themselves are not meeting criteria to pass to the next level. This can be due to high enrollment rates, lack of funding and staffing.
So They Can Thrive is a non-profit that was first established in 2011 by Angie Hungerford as First Foundation Inc.
When asked why she felt compelled to launch a non- profit Angie paused, and got a very thoughtful look on her face and said – “Because I understand suffering.”
Angie’s journey has included her own share of suffering and those travails shaped her heart and led her to a place where she could not overlook the misery of others and since 2011 she been serving others, and helping to see that their basic needs are are met so they can thrive.