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This WIP describes the challenges faced by the SoftHum (student participation in the community of open source software for Humanity) project in incorporating undergraduates in humanitarian free and Open Source Software (H-FOSS) projects. The goal of SoftHum is to develop course-level support for the use of H-FOSS as a foundation for software engineering education. Such support will take the form of course materials and a process to support student success in a community-based software experience using H-FOSS, and the documentation of a classroom environment that supports student open source experience. We present a brief overview of the project, discuss the challenges we face in involving students in H-FOSS projects, and present our current progress.