Posted: Fri, April 24, 2015 | By: BiZoHa Orphanage, School, Humanist Centre, Volunteer Hostel
BiZoHa - the world’s first atheist orphanage - recently received a $1,000 donation from Doctor Bruce Chou, an anesthesiologist from California. The funds will be used to build a classroom named after the charitable benefactor. A sign has already been made to put in front of the Dr. Bruce Chou Classroom, after construction is complete. (see photo)
Progress on the the new classroom is proceeding very quickly.
The BiZoHa orphanage was launched in February 2015 when a GoFundMe campaign earned $5,820 in just 29 hours. The orphanage is near Lake George, in Kasese province, in western Uganda. It is situated on 7 acres of land that straddle the road connecting Fort Portal to Kasese. Nearby towns include Kahendero (a fishing village) and Muhokya.
The local communities are thrilled to have an orphanage there, to shelter the children that have no parents to take care of them. The region has one of the highest orphan rates in Uganda - an estimated 13% of all children.
Many of the children lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Others lost their parents to violence, or other diseases, or the children were abandoned due to poverty. One of the orphans who will be placed at BiZoHa had his father - a fisherman - killed and eaten by a crocodile.
BiZoHa orphanage thanks Dr. Bruce Chou, for the generous heart he has extended to our project!
His funds will build a very large classroom, easily capable of holding sixty students.
Dr. Bruce Chou’s sponsorship might, we hope, encourage other potential donors to lend a hand to our project, so that BiZoHa realizes its goals.
There is a lot to be done on BiZoHa’s big expanse of land as the orphanage wants to have a school, clinic, guest houses for volunteers/tourists, coffee shop, soccer field, farm lands, recreation hall, laboratory, road side kiosks, and vocational skills workshops.
All proceeds will boost the welfare of Rwenzori Orphans.
Beneficiaries are orphans in Muhokya and Kahendero, plus orphans at Kasese Humanist Primary School, plus the general public in and around those areas, plus other parts of Uganda.
Crops grown on the BiZoHa site are steadily growing, this is a good season and the yields will be fine.
BiZoHa is hoping for more donations from doctors; it is launching it’s “Doctors Without Religion” campaign next week.
Check out the images in regard to the progress reached at so far with the BiZoHa Project.