Posted: Thu, May 25, 2017 | By: Past Projects
by Hank Pellissier
Brighter Brains Institute has been working almost exclusively in Uganda for the past two years; before that we worked briefly in The Philippines.
Where are we going next?
Various places were considered: Nepal, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Myamar… but eventually we chose… Appalachia.
Surprised? Think about it…
Is Appalachia poor? Absolutely. Check out the map below:
Does Appalachia need humanism? Yes, especially, perhaps, the churches with snake-handling ceremonies.
BBI started its charity involvement with Appalachia today, with two activities:
1) I mailed a package containing four girl’s dresses to the Appalachian Relief Fund, in eastern Tennessee. This group distributes desperately-needed clothing to poor communities up in the hills and hollers.
2) I communicated with the principal of Breathitt County High School, to see if students there were interested in educational funding, or entrepreneurship training. (Breathitt County is the setting of the recent best-seller, Hillbilly Elegy.) The principal said YES! Breathitt County is in eastern Kentucky, the poorest part of Appalachia.
Here’s two articles that eloquently explain the situation in Appalachia, and why its important for BBI to get involved there: