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Maize-Grinder Project of Rays of Light Orphanage School funded by Bob and Cindy Pellissier

Posted: Wed, September 21, 2016 | By: Past Projects

Rays of Light Orphanage School had an entrepreneurial “Maize and Cassava Grinding Project” it needed funding for - a plan to buy, grind, and sell corn and cassava flour. The income from the intended project would be used to purchase lunch food (corn meal, beans, vegetables) for the 262 children enrolled at the school.

The project proposal was email-submitted to Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) by Bwambale Moses, a director at Rays of Light Orphanage School.

Bob Pellissier
Bob Pellissier

The proposal was read by Bob & Cindy Pellissier. Bob is the CEO of RKI Instruments in Union City, California, and Board Member of the Brighter Brains Institute. (He’s Vice President of Economic Development). Cindy Pellissier is an RN for Cardiac Rehabilitation at Good Samaritan Hospital. Both Bob and Cindy visited Uganda in November 2015.

They read the proposals over. Bob had a few questions. Bwambale Moses answered the questions very well.

Cindy Pellissier
Cindy Pellissier

Providing lunch to the students is very crucial for their academic progress. Many children in rural Uganda only receive one meal per day. They go to school without breakfast, they don’t receive lunch, and by the afternoon they are so hungry they can’t concentrate on their studies.

Bob and Cindy both liked the proposal and they agreed to fund it, to the amount of $3,000.

The funding money will be wired to Rays of Light Orphanage School’s bank account on Monday, September 26.


Bob Pellissier has funded eight BBI’s clinics and numerous entrepreneurial projects in western Uganda. Cindy has generously provided funds for education, food, and other services that assist Ugandan children.

Photo of the maize and cassava grinder below:


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