Posted: Mon, May 09, 2016 | By: Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage Humanist School
The Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) clinic at Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School has a new sponsor - Rene and Holli Pellissier.
Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School originally received a clinic in 2015, sponsored by Biba Kavass, a BBI Board officer. Biba named the clinic “Embrace Global Change, and she funded it for one year. In winter 2016, that funding dried up, and the next funder was an Anonymous donor, who kept the Embrace Global Change name.
The new funders - Rene and Holli Pellissier - are changing the name to “Living Water Clinic.”
“Living Water” refers to a New Testament quote, John 4:14, that says,
“But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (King James Version)
“Living Water” also refers to a nation-wide Christian Evangelical group, and Living Water International is the name of a Christian non-profit that helps disadvantaged communities world-wide secure drinkable water. Rene and BBI will be contacting this organization to see if that can assist Nyakiyumbu by drilling a well.
Rene Pellissier is the brother of Bob Pellissier and Hank Pellissier, the uncle of Eric Oliver Pellissier, the cousin of Jeff Pellissier, the son of Henri and Dianne Pellissier, the cousin of Margie Johnson, and the cousin of Vickie Johnson. This large contingent includes the founder of BBI and many of the major funders.
Rene and Holli (his wife) live in Rogue River, Oregon. They have a ranch with pigs, goats, chickens, and horses.
Rene and Holli are Christians. Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School is also non-denominational Christian.
BBI primarily helps secular/humanist schools, but it has also established clinics that serve numerous Anglican and Catholic schools - this list (other than Nyakiyumbu) includes St. Luke’s Nursery School, St. Thomas Nursery School, Kabingo Primary School, and St. Michael’s Primary—all are located in Kyarumba, 1 hour away from Nyakiyumbu.
BBI is currently seeking Christian sponsors who want to help maintain these clinics. The cost is $1,500 per year. We are hoping that there are other “Living Water” groups interested.
Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School is located in southwestern Uganda, near the Congo border. It is in a banana-growing region, very close Lake George. The community has a high rate of orphans due to AIDS, civil war, and other diseases, especially malaria. Parasitic worm infections are also prevalent. The school is very poor, with about 125 students. The school has no permanent buildings, classes are help outside, in enclosures separated by tarps.
Aside from the clinic, BBI has helped Nyakiyumbu by giving them food, clothing, and shoes.
BBI visited Nyakiyumbu twice, in 2015. The region is famed for its delicious grasshoppers, that swarm twice a year, and are easily harvested. Both times, BBI has been treated to wonderful dance and singing performances (see below).
Thank you, Rene, for your generosity!