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BiZoHa - the World’s First Atheist Orphanage - launched by Brighter Brains Institute

Posted: Fri, February 27, 2015 | By: BiZoHa Orphanage, School, Humanist Centre, Volunteer Hostel



Is every orphanage in the world operated by a religious organization?

Nope. Not any more.

BiZoHa Orphanage was launched three days ago, by four “Active Fellows” of the Brighter Brains Institute - a think-and-do tank located in San Francisco East Bay. It is situated in Muhokya, in Kasese province, near the Rwenzori mountains of western Uganda, close to the Congo border.

BiZoHa is the world’s first atheist orphanage. The parentless children living there will not be indoctrinated by religious creeds; instead they will tutored by the secular staff of nearby Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS).

This parent institution proclaims on its website that it “does not embrace… god or gods: supernatural beings intervening in the world and taking an interest in human affairs.”

KHPS is aligned with godless groups like Foundation Beyond Belief and Atheist Alliance International. KHPS also receives help from other irreligious groups in Australia, the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, and Canada (the “Godless Poutine”), plus individuals, like PZ Myers (see photo above.)

BiZoHa raised its start-up cash via a GoFundMe campaign. Initially it asked for start-up funds of $4,506 to construct a home for 15-20 orphans, to provide it with furniture, and to feed the orphans. The request went “viral” though, with astonishing quickness, it passed its goal, until the coordinators cut it off at $5,810.

Transhumanist writer Zoltan Istvan deserves massive publicity credit for the enterprise’s success. His reportage on VICE Motherboard blasted the news into public consciousness, and Facebook, where it was shared by tens of thousands of godless enthusiasts.

Thirty-three people donated $100 or more. One benefactor tossed in $1,000. A total of ninety-seven people contributed. The campaign was enriched beyond wildest expectations in only 29 hours.

All four people involved in this successful campaign are Active Fellows and Board Members of Brighter Brains Institute.

Bwambale M Robert is the director of KHPS and he will be the director of BiZoHa Orphanage. Establishing the orphanage has been a dream of his for many years. Bwambale was orphaned himself at the age of five. After working his way through high school as a barber, he subsequently received a university scholarship, and matriculated in Biology. He is the author of the book - “Orphans of Rwenzori - a Humanist Perspective” - that was given away to all campaign contributors.

Bwambale intends to make BiZoHa Orphanage economically self-sufficient in 1 year. This goal will be achieved by selling corn, beans, cassava, peanuts, and lettuce grown on its 7-acre crop farm, and by selling drinks in a planned Coffee Shop / Restaurant & Craft Shop at a roadside along the popular Fort Portal Mponde Road, that leads to destinations like Bushenyi, Mbarra town, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwera. The orphanage’s precise location is Latitude. 0.1214°, Longitude. 30.0156° .

The name “BiZoHa” is an acronym of the names of the three USA fundraisers for the orphanage.

“Bi” is Biba Kavass is an award-winning Economics teacher at Southwind High School in Memphis, Tennessee, where she established the state’s first high school KIVA Club, and encouraged students to write the upcoming book, Microfinance in Action: A Guide for Teenagers. Biba is currently writing grants to attain additional funding for BiZoHa.

“Zo” is Zoltan Istvan, author of The Transhumanist Wager and popular feature writer and columnist at Gizmodo, VICE, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and other publications. He’s running for President in 2016 as the Transhumanist Party candidate.

“Ha” is Hank Pellissier. He is director of the Brighter Brains Institute, plus he was the founder/co-producer of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival, in 2009.

Does Uganda have an orphan issue? Yes it does.

Uganda has 3.5 million orphans, 9% of the population. Children are parentless due to AIDS, civil war, violence, accidents, and abandonment. Up to 70% of orphans become criminals as adults. Among girls, 60% end up in prostitution, where the HIV/AIDS rate is 37%.

Education for orphans is limited. When they “age out” of orphanages, many become “street kids” sniffing glue, stealing, scavenging in garbage dumps, begging. Many are subjected to illness, filth, malnutrition, sexual abuse, and child trafficking (slavery).

BiZoHa will provide orphans with an excellent opportunity, because they’ll be allowed to attend the highly-regarded, science-based Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS). Many graduates of KHPS advance to secondary schools and universities.

The school motto is “With Science, We Can Progress.”

Brighter Brains Institute has additional plans for Uganda. After the orphanage is built - construction starts April 15 - they will start work on creating an atheist/humanist High School in the region, and another primary school in the town of Kahendero, on the shores of Lake George.

Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to contact brighterbrainsinstitute@gmail.com

To Donate to BIZoHa, click on the button below. Leave a message stating that you want funds to go to either 1) Food, 2) Clothing, 3) Building construction, 4) Staff salaries, 5) any of the above






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