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Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) provides support to 7 humanist schools, 2 humanist orphanages, 9 humanist women’s collectives, and 12 clinics in western Uganda.

Please donate at HUMANIST GLOBAL or AFRICA WOMEN RISE or KANUNGU HUMANISTS or AFRICA HUMANISTS. All contributors get a receipt within 48 hours, and they are cc’d when their funds are delivered to Uganda. The receipts provide tax deductions to citizens of the United States. Canadians who want to receive tax deductions can donate via this Humanist Canada webpage. In the last square, called “Direct Donation” - select “Kasese Uganda School Fund.”

If corruption or managerial incompetence occurs at any BBI humanist school, we halt all funding for 3-12 months, depending on the circumstances. During that probationary time, the community needs to provide transparency of its activities, via monthly accounting reports that indicate all expenses including food, school supplies, medicine, teachers’ salaries, building costs, bank fees, etc. Receivables must be indicated as well, including grant money. This monthly report, with copies of receipts, must be sent to BBI every month. It is also suggested that a copy of this accounting should be available to all those who benefit from BBI help, including students, teachers, and parents. Additionally, BBI asks that the corrupt and/or incompetent director is replaced, and a contract signed by the new director indicating that s/he will work within the guidelines set by BBI. If the community insists that a director who is corrupt or incompetent should still be in charge, that community will receive no further benefits from BBI.

HUMANIST SCHOOLS

Pearl Vocation Training College is located in rural Lwengo, near Masaka, in southern Uganda. It was founded in 2014 as a humanist initiative to empower the marginalized and forgotten people including HIV orphaned children, impoverished youth, abandoned and widowed women and young unwed mothers. It is a grassroots community empowerment organization that offers training classes in farming, hairdressing, business, and other vocations. Brighter Brains Institute is helping this group, with the support of other international partners. In 2018 we will help them raise funds for a Vanilla Bean Farm.

Kanyenze Humanist Primary School & Kanyenze Girls Humanist Orphanage - Rural school with 116 students, 5 kilometers distance from Kyarumba, directed by the Kanyenze Women’s Group. We have provided start-up funds for “A. Philip Randolph Clinic” - named after the African-American humanist. Plus we’ve delivered educational materials (textbooks, maps, posters) and training to the teachers, startup funds for a school business, a motorcycle repair shop in Kyarumba Trading Centre. Kanyenze Girls Humanist Orphanage was launched in March, 2017 - it will shelter 14 girls who will attend Kanyenze Humanist Primary School.

Mother Givers Humanist School - Located in Buhanga, seven kilometers uphill from Kyarumba, this school of 211 children is directed by the Buhunga Thuligahuma Women’s Collective. The region is famous for its views and for the seasonal harvest of grasshoppers, a regional delicacy. BBI initially helped Mother Givers with fresh water access - we funded the construction of a 3-mile pipeline to a clean water source, and a rain-water catchment tank. We provide a nutritious lunch to the students - with goat and chicken meat, and we’re helping them start a chicken farm, that will use revenue to fund school lunches. We constructed a Future Path Classroom, with furniture included; we provided teacher stipend; we delivered Scholastic books and AFRIpads; we sponsored thirteen orphans; we provide a clinic, with medicine and medic.

Kanungu Humanist School - is located south of the other BBI humanist schools, near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The town was the site of a horrific, religious cult “Jonestown” tragedy in 2000, when over 1,000 people burned to death, trapped inside a church. BBI has provided this community with food, a community garden, and microloans to its women collective. Our intention is to visit this area in the summer of 2018.

BiZoHa Humanist Orphanage & School - Brick-by-brick, BBI built this “world’s first atheist orphanage” in Muhokya, with funds raised initially via a GoFundMe campaign. The BiZoHa project constructed nine classrooms, plus administrative center, kitchen, dining room, separate living quarters for girl and boy orphans, clinic, and roadside stand. Additional funds were raised for classroom furniture, solar panels, rainwater catchment tanks, refrigerator, AFRIpads, Scholastic books, orphan sponsorships (paying for tuition, uniforms, lunch food, and school supplies), day scholar sponsorships, shoes, clothes, medicine, medic, orphan caretakers, security wall, security gate, postage for correspondence, and a tractor (to harvest the accompanying 7 acre farm). BiZoHa has 175 students.

Kasese Humanist Secondary School - In December, 2016, BBI launched a campaign to built classrooms for a secondary school that would operate adjacent to Kasese Humanist Primary School. Our campaign raised funds for two classrooms (Brighter Brains Classroom and Pellissier Science Classroom), and we convinced two other groups to also provide funding for classrooms (Atheist Community of San Jose Classroom and Halton-Hell Humanist Community Classroom. Funds were also raised for classroom furniture. The new school will start January 30, 2017 (First Term) and we anticipate that it will be an excellent place to send students who previously attention our humanist primary schools.

Kasese Humanist Primary School - Established in 2011 by Bwambale Robert Musubaho, KHPS is the first humanist school in the province and an inspiration for BBI’s humanist activities. Located in the 70,000 population city of Kasese, the school has 324 students. We help KHPS with a clinic (we pay for the medic and medicine) and an after-school Creativity Class, with an electric piano and video camera. We also provided shoes, clothes, kikoy dresses, Day Scholar and Orphan Scholarships, and funds for Kasese Freethinkers Sports Academy (equipment and uniforms).

Kahendero Nursery & Primary Humanist School - We built this preschool and later - a primary school - from the ground up, constructing three classrooms, administrative center, kitchen/dining room, and clinic. Location is only 1.5 kilometers from BiZoHa. Kahendero is a fishing village on Lake George; the community is afflicted with crime, drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, gambling, AIDS and cholera. The school opened on June 15, 2016, with 22 students. Attendance is expected to reach 100.

Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School (on probation) - Directed by the Nyakiyumbu Widows Collective, this school of 123 students is in a remote banana-growing rural region near the Congo border. BBI has provided a clinic (with medicine, microscope, medic, and computer for communication), plus we’ve given them food, shoes, sandals, clothes, teacher stipends, and our “Nyakiyumbu Orphan Scholarship” pays tuition, room, & board for selected Nyakiyumbu students to attend Kasese Humanist Primary School.

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Brighter Brains Institute is a 501(c)3 non­profit, tax­exempt organization in the United States. Our EIN is #46­3953105.

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