Posted: Tue, September 27, 2016 | By: Mini-Projects
The Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit, has launched a micro-finance project that helps secular Ugandans who work at its secular projects (11 schools, 10 clinics, and BiZoHa - “the world’s first atheist orphanage”).
The Micro-Finance program, displayed on BBI’s AfricaHumanist.org “marketplace” webpage, delivers small loans to teachers, community organizers, and parents, who are either employed by or participate in BBI’s secular institutions.
The twelve secular humanist schools that BBI is partnered with include two (BiZoHa and Kahendero Nursery Humanist School) that the organization build “brick by brick” with funds raised from GoFundMe campaigns and email petitions.
Eight other schools joined BBI’s secular movement through “conversion” — they agreed to endorse BBI’s “Ten Humanist Principles” in exchange for financial assistance in setting up food programs, delivering AFRIpads, delivering books and shoes, and funding on-site clinics.
The micro-loans will help the Ugandan secularists start up a wide variety of enterprises.
For example: shoe repair shop, pork joint, pool hall, coffee farm, and piggery.
Secular Humanism is a rare, radical idea in SubSaharan Africa, the world’s most religious region.
Uganda is notorious for its “Kill the Gays” anti-homosexuality bill that has been promoted by most of the nation’s largest religious groups.
BBI’s humanism provides an opposition to this, plus it delivers free condoms.
BBI hopes that humanists / atheists / skeptics / freethinkers around the world, will help their financially struggling brethren non-believers in Uganda.