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Uganda Humanist Volunteer Information

Posted: Thu, September 22, 2016 | By: Volunteer

The Uganda Humanist Volunteer Program is organized by Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a San Francisco East Bay non-profit that has built, created, or supports 16 schools, 12 clinics, and 1 orphanage in western Uganda.

BBI provides food, clothing, shoes, medicine, tools, goats, chickens, pigs, orphan sponsorship, classroom construction, teacher salaries, business startup funds, condoms, fistula surgeries, sex education classes, motorcycles, washable sanitary pads, books, school uniforms, HIV testing, mosquito nets, water tanks, water pipelines, solar panels, computer musical instruments, and toothbrushes to the 3,200 children it serves.

The goal of the Uganda Humanist Volunteer Program is to educate participants in the reality of Ugandan lives. Hands-on participation in community tasks is provided, in both labor and teaching, specialized learning in Ugandan economic development, environmental studies, gender equity health, and culture, are available infield trips.

Lunch at Rays of Light Orphanage School
Lunch at Rays of Light Orphanage School

We want to deliver a life-changing, world-view expanding experience, via collaboration with our friendly hard-working Ugandan hosts.

BBI’s primary partner in this entreprize is Kasese Humanist Primary School, the first secular school in western Ugana. Additional partners are the leaders of the ten other secular schools that BBI is partnered with, plus representatives from our 12 clinics, and our friends at four orphanage schools, five religious schools, four women’s collectives, and two community organizations: GEM (Girls Education Movement) and KAAYGO (Kyarumba Anti-AIDS Youth Group for Orphans).

Volunteers can be daily instructors in computers, music, English, and sports; they can present lectures on gender equity, environmental science, and health/hygiene/nutrition; they can participate in de-worming, reforestation, mud-brick making, evaluation of community development projects and religious/philosophical discussions; they can visit Big Game Parks, BaKonzo tribal centre, women’s collectives, orphanage school, the Equator, the Ruwenzori “Mountains of the Moon”; and remote villages, accessed only by trail, where inhabitants and never seen muzungas (white people).

Specializations: Economic Development; Environmental Science; Health/ Disease; Agriculture; Women’s Equity; Ugandan History, Culture, Religions; Orphans

BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School
BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School

Kabingo students (classroom in background)
Kabingo students (classroom in background)


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