Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) is a non-profit charitable organization in Piedmont, California that builds and supports orphanages, schools, and clinics in western Uganda. Our projects are near the Congo border, generally in the Ruwenzori “Mountains of the Moon” with the BaKonzo tribe. We serve 3,200+ children and their communities. Our 501c3 status is Here / Our EIN is #46-3953105
BBI is a member of The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). Humanism advocates the goodness of human beings, and seeks rational ways to solve human problems. Schools we primarily help are secular humanist, with BBI’s humanist lectures taught to the children. (They’re based on The Code for Global Ethics: Ten Humanist Principles). BBI helps, or has helped, 16 schools in the towns of Kasese, Kahendero, Muhokya, Nyakiyumbu, Kyarumba, Buhanga, Kanyenze, and Kisinga. Eight schools are humanist, and five additional ones are “moving towards humanism.”
We have also started 15 clinics, and two Humanist orphanages (BiZoHa Humanist Orphanage, and Kanyenze Girls Humanist Orphanage)
We fund tuition for orphans and poor children; we build schools, clinics, classrooms; we provide health care; we support girls equality, birth control, and sex education; we provide nutritious food; we give students shoes, AFRIpads, books, musical instruments, tech equipment, sports equipment; we aid teachers with salary stipends and educational materials; we support schools with chicken farms and motorcycle rentals; we enable access to fresh water; we publish books on African humanism.
BBI is partnered with Humanist Canada in raising donations for Ugandan humanism. Canadian contributors who want to receive tax deduction receipst can donate via this webpage. In the bottom square, called “Direct Donation” - select “Kasese Uganda School Fund.”
Previous BBI projects were funding an indigenous tribe in The Philippines, and producing 12 transhumanist conferences & debates.
Our Africa Humanist History:
In 2014 Brighter Brains provided support to Kasese Humanist Primary School.
In 2015 Brighter Brains constructed - brick by brick - BiZoHa Humanist Orphanage, BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School, and Kahendero Nursery Humanist School.
In 2016, numerous schools (10+) expressed interest to us in learning more about humanism; BBI donated to many of their projects and communicated with them regarding their needs and our requirements; by the end of the year, four of the schools had qualified as “humanist.”
The four new 2016 humanist schools are: Mother Givers Humanist School, Kanyenze Humanist Primary School, Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage Humanist School, and Garama Secondary Humanist School.
Four schools that contacted us with an interest in humanism were unable to qualify by the end of 2106. They are Kasanga-Kaghema Orphanage School, Rays of Light Orphanage School, Vision Care School, and Mughete Junior School.
Two schools contacted us about becoming humanist, but were prevented from joining because religious members on their boards opposed it. Those two schools are MUHITO Girls Vocational School, and Kibirigha Primary School.
BBI also supports, or has supported in the past, a few religious schools. We encourage religious friends to support religious schools through us. Religious schools we have helped are St. Thomas Nursery School, St. Luke’s Nursery School, Bwethe Primary School, St. Michael’s Primary School, and Kabingo School.
We are partnered with four women’s collectives that help four schools:
1) Buhanga Thuligahuma Women’s Collective (Mother Givers School)
2) Kanyenze Women’s Group (Kanyenze Primary School)
3) Mitooma Women’s Dignity Foundation; aka MIWODIF (Garama Secondary School)
4) Nyakiyumbu Widows Association (Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School)
We assist or have assisted, five orphanage schools:
BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School
Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School
Rays of Light Humanist Orphanage School
COISER Orphanage (in Jinja)
Kasanga-Kaghema Orphanage School.
BBI raises funds via GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Facebook, our email list, partnerships with NGOs, and grants. People who contribute $500+ receive mention in articles we write and post. Donors also get their names on classrooms, water tanks, clinics, kitchens, and other constructions. Please join our fun collective of humanitarian humanists.
Questions about BBI can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415 309 3505