Posted: Fri, August 14, 2015 | By: Past Projects
“Transhumanitarians” are contributing hundreds of dollars via a GoFundMe campaign to establish a “H+ Clinic” in an isolated Ruwenzori mountain village of western Uganda.H+ Clinic has thus far raised more than 50% of the needed total to operate the clinic. $800 has already been wired via Western Union to the clinic manager - Joseph Kasiribehe - who will utilize this as operating funds for the first six months. $250 will pay the medic, the bulk of the remainder will buy medicine and medical supplies. A microscope will be delivered when the clinic is inspected in November.
H+ Clinic is situated at Bwethe Nursery and Primary School, in a remote forested area of the Ruwenzori “Mountains of the Moon” near the Congo border. The hamlet cannot be reached by road; it’s a 45-minute hike from the rural town of Kyarumba.
Ted Peters, a Lutheran-Transhumanist who teaches at Pacific Lutheran Theological Institute in Berkeley, California, has contributed the bulk of the donations thus far. His donation of $500 matches his contribution last year to de-worm tribal children in The Philippines, through the Brighter Brains Institute, a SF Bay Area nonprofit. Ted Peters has more recently provided lunch food (corn meal) to children at Bwethe and to parentless children at the nearby Rays of Light Orphanage.
Margie Olson of Vacaville, California, donated another $300. Margie is a former Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years in Ghana; she retains a soft spot for African humanitarian concerns.
Christopher Bradford, a Mormon Transhumanist Association member, contributed $100. He has been a regular donor to many campaigns that serve the needs of children in western Uganda.
This campaign represents only the latest of a series of “transhumanitarian” actions that have occurred in the last year.
Three transhumanist organizations recently worked together to set up a “Science & Literacy Center” in the town of Kyarumba, Uganda. Those three groups were the Mormon Transhumanist Association, the Christian Transhumanist Association, and Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
Before that, multiple transhumanists funded a Carpentry Workshop for AIDS Orphans, and a Genesis Chicken Farm for COISER Orphanage , in Jinja, Uganda.
H+ Clinic will be the 8th Health Clinic that Brighter Brains Clinic has established in Uganda in the last year. The other seven clinics are at Kasese Humanist Primary School, BiZoHa Orphanage in Muhokya, Embrace Global Change Clinic in Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage in Nyakiyumbu, and Vision Care School, St. Luke’s Nursery School, Rays of Light Orphanage, and St. Thomas School - all in Kyarumba.
Does Uganda Need Clinics?
Yes! Ugandans have an average lifespan of 55.8 years, immensely shorter than the USA lifespan of 79 years. Uganda’s infant mortality rate is 44 deaths out of 1,000 births, more than 7X deadlier than the USA infant mortality rate of 6 out of 1,000.
H+ Clinic will serve 200 children at the school, plus their subsistence farming parents. Diseases here include malaria, HIV/AIDS, parasitic worms, respiratory illnesses, peptic ulcer disease, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal ailments. Reports on disease cases at a nearby clinic can be viewed HERE. The manager of H+ Clinic will be Joseph Kasiribehe, a Kyarumba community activist.
H+ Clinic costs only around $1,500 because the clinic can reside in a concrete structure that UNICEF abandoned in 2009. The medic’s $500 as an annual salary far exceeds the per capita annual income of rural Ugandans.
“Transhumanitarianism” is an evolving philosophy that combines the humanitarian goals of psychological empathy and socio-political equity, with the technological world-saving ambitions of transhumanism.
The GoFundMe link is HERE
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