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We’re Launching Africa’s First Humanist Bookstore & Internet Cafe

Posted: Mon, October 31, 2016 | By: Humanism

Africa Needs Humanism - to combat superstition; to promote scientific thinking; to alleviate violence between Christians and Muslims; to oppose the lethal dogmas of religion (anti-condoms, homophobia)
Good News; It’s Happening!

Humanism is spreading in western Uganda - there’s 12 humanist schools in the region. Kasese Humanist Primary School started the science-based movement in 2009, directed by Bwambale Robert Musubaho. By 2014 it was receiving aid from Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a USA non-profit.

Kyarumba Market Stall
Kyarumba Market Stall

Next step: Africa’s First Humanist Bookstore & Internet Cafe!

Kyarumba is a market centre in the foothills of the Ruwenzori; population 10,000. There’s FIVE HUMANIST SCHOOLS here (Vision Care Humanist School, Rays of Light Orphanage Humanist School, Mughete Junior Humanist School, Kasanga Kaghema Humanist School, and Kanyenze Humanist Primary School).

They need a Humanist Bookstore/Internet Cafe — with books on humanism they can read, share, study in school.

Leo Igwe Humanist Centre” will be the name of the bookstore/internet cafe, titled after the brave Nigerian humanist and human rights activist and journalist who is presently combatting witchcraft practices in the SubSaharan.

No Gods, No Saviour - Leo Igwe’s collection of essays, will be available at the bookstore.

Orphans of Ruwenzori: A Humanist Perspective - by Bwamable Robert Musubaho, the humanist leader in western Uganda, will also be available in multiple copies.

Rural Ugandans on Computers
Rural Ugandans on Computers

Leo Igwe Humanist Centre will also have computers with internet access, science books, smartphones for rent, condoms, AFRIpads and GEMpads, and adult literacy classes.

It will serve as a community centre and off-campus classroom for the expanding population of humanists in Kyarumba.

Budget needs are very small, and many items can be donated.

The store rental costs only $18 per month for a 12’ x 25’ room, facing the marketplace. The satellite dish for internet access costs $55, and the internet connection - the biggest budget item - costs $93/month.

Furniture costs are being donated by Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) Board member Roger Hansen. It will be constructed by local carpenters in KAAYGO - the Kyarumba Anti-Aids Youth Group for Orphans.

Leo Igwe
Leo Igwe

BBI expects the business to be profitable, especially the internet service.

This is the 3rd “FIRST” for BBI - in 2015 they started BiZoHa, the “world’s first atheist orphanage”; in 2009 the BBI director (Hank Pellissier) started the world’s first atheist film festival.

Books, computers, and cameras - will hopefully be contributed - can you help?

All donations from USA citizens will receive a tax deductible receipt, and their name on a plaque inside this history-making business (right next to a poster of the Ten Humanist Principles.)

Additionally, they will receive photo and news article updates of the humanist bookstore’s progress, and - if they donate over $50 - a tshirt that says “Leo Igwe Humanist Centre, Kyarumba, Uganda.”

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