Posted: Sat, April 04, 2015 | By: BiZoHa Orphanage, School, Humanist Centre, Volunteer Hostel
BiZoHa - the world’s first atheist orphanage - was launched six weeks ago, by four “Active Fellows” of the Brighter Brains Institute - a think-and-do tank located in San Francisco East Bay.
BiZoHa is situated in Muhokya, in Kasese province, near the Rwenzori mountains of western Uganda, close to the Congo border.
Cash for BiZoHa was raises via a GoFundMe campaign that generated $5,820 in only 29 hours. Thirty-three people donated $100 or more. One benefactor tossed in $1,000. A total of ninety-seven people contributed.
The 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 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.
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.
Below are four photos of the orphanage’s current building progress: