Posted: Fri, November 21, 2014 | By: Mini-Projects
Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) recently shipped 18 kikoy dresses 449 kilometers - from Kasese to Jinja, in Uganda - as presents for the girls of COISER Orphanage. Check out the photos below - the orphan girls love their new clothes!
Here’s how this project evolved: BBI originally sent $1,000 to Bwambale Robert of the Kasese Humanist Primary School; he used these funds to employ two tailors in Kasese (Mr. Safari and Ms. Amina Nyasubiri). They purchased the fabric and sewed up the dresses.
The dresses + shipment were paid for by generous contributors to BBI’s GoFundMe campaign. Donors paid $12 per dress; this amount refunded BBI and contributed an additional $4 per dress to the Kasese Humanist Primary School. The innovative, grass-roots, low carbon footprint campaign has been almost 100% funded after 2 weeks.
COISER orphanage was previously the recipient of $3,100 from Brighter Brains Institute - an amount generated by another GoFundMe campaign. The funds purchased materials and constructed a hen house for the “Genesis Chicken Farm” that now has 200 half-grown chickens (see photo below). Eggs from the poultry will provide nutritious food for the orphans, and income to alleviate multiple expenses.
The primary donors to COISER Orphanage were the Mormon Transhumanist Association (they contributed 35% of the funds); Southwind High School economics students in Memphis, Tennessee, taught by Biba Kavass; the Northminster Memorial Unity Church in Flin Flon, Canada, pastored by transhumanist Alex McGilvery; attendees of the Transhuman Visions conferences in the SF Bay Area; and Hank Pellissier + his friends + relatives (he’s BBI director).
Previously, twenty of the lovely dresses were delivered to orphan girls at the Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage, in the Rwenzori.
Only a dozen Kikoy dresses remain - if you want to present one to an orphan, go to GoFundMe. Perks for your generosity include a photo of an orphan thanking specifically you, and an ebook titled “Orphans of Rwenzori - a humanist perspective.” The book will be published and delivered in March 2015.