The BiZoHa Project
BiZoHa project includes a humanist orphanage, nursery school, primary school and community health clinic. It was started in February 2015 by four members of the Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) - a non-profit in Piedmont, California.
THE CHILDREN'S HOSTEL
A 'GoFundMe' campaign was launched on February 27, 2015 - within 29 hours they surpassed their goal, as donations poured in from generous secularists worldwide. Construction began in March on the Hostel building which would house the initial group of 16 children and their caregivers. Work also commenced to dig and construct latrines, and to bring piped water to the site from the nearby mountains.
DR. BRUCE CHOU CLASSROOM
The hostel was completed in a few weeks, and work started immediately to construct the first classroom, via a $1,000 donation from Doctor Bruce Chou, an anesthesiologist from California.
ANDREA VOGT ROADSIDE STAND
Andrea Vogt of Germany donated $925 for construction of The Andrea Vogt Roadside Stand, a key component in guaranteeing economic self-sufficiency to the BiZoHa orphanage endeavor. Work was completed in June. BiZoHa is situated on seven acres of fertile agricultural land that produce crops that can be sold at the Roadside Stand. Beverages and snacks can also be marketed, along with local crafts. BiZoHa is ideally located on the main highway that connects Kasese to Fort Portal in western Uganda.
SOLAR PANELS DONATED BY MACSEN JOHN REX AND JOHN DE BRABANDER
BiZoHa Orphanage is located on the equator and receives a wealth of sunshine most days. Two solar panels were funded by $500 donations from Macsen John Rex and John de Brabander. These complete solar units comprise a solar panel, regulator, main switch, solar battery, wires, lamps, conduits and connectors.
CHRISTINE DE BRABANDER KITCHEN
A kitchen was constructed in July 2015 thanks to a $1200 donation from Christine de Brabander of Delaware (USA). This allows storage and preparation of meals for the ophans and school children. BiZoHa employs a cook, and ongoing funding from our supporters pays for salaries, equipment, and food supplies.
ANDREA VOGT HEALTH CLINIC
Andrea Vogt generously funded a second building at BiZoHa, a health clinic serving the orphanage, school and wider community. The Andrea Vogt Health Clinic has a trained medic with a small science lab for examining specimens and dispensing medications for common problems such as malaria and parasites. It also provides health and hygiene education to the community. Ongoing funding pays the salary of the medical staff, medications, equipment such as microscope and examination tools, and various medical and first aid supplies.
OGUZ POROY RAINWATER HARVESTING TANKS
In August of 2015, the first 2500 liter rainwater harvesting tank was fitted between the Hostel and the Dr. Bruce Chou Classroom, to harvest rainwater from both buildings. The water collected is used to clean cooking utensils, bathing, washing clothes and cleaning toilets.
A $500 donation from Oguz Poroy made this possible. We are very grateful for his generous contribution! In November 2015, Mr. Poroy funded a much-needed second harvesting tank!
ZELEVINSKY FAMILY DONATES CLASSROOM
In August, Karen Zelevinsky donated $1000 to fund construction of the second classroom at BiZoHa. Work was completed in September. The Zelevinsky family also provided sponsorship of two orphans, who moved in to the hostel on September 7th with our pioneer group of children.
Besides our hostel orphans, BiZoHa has enrolled almost 200 local children in the school.
GREG AND MELINDA BURNETT DONATE BRIGHT FUTURE
The third classroom was funded with a $1000 donation from Greg and Melinda Burnett, who selected the inspiring name of Bright Future. In October 2015 the Bright Future Classroom was constructed to share a wall with the Zelevinsky Classroom.
The Burnetts also sponsored two orphans, allowing them the opportunity to move to our BiZoHa campus where they will receive nurturing care, nutritious food, access to healthcare and tuition scholarship to our Humanist school. BiZoHa sends a big THANK YOU to the Burnetts and all of our kind donors around the world.
Attached to the Bright Future Classroom, the Musubaho Classroom is constructed in honor of Bwambale Robert Musubaho's "Grandie", who raised him when he was orphaned as a young boy. The Musubaho Classroom was completed in October 2015, as the fourth such classroom toward our (updated) goal of ten classrooms at the site.
LOVING HEART, FREE MIND, AND HELPING HANDS
The Zelevinsky family made a very generous donation that funded construction of three additional classrooms, plus contributed to the general construction fund. We are very grateful to the Zelevinsky family for this kind donation. Karen Zelevinsky suggested the classroom names of Loving Heart, Free Mind, and Helping Hands. These names embody the Humanist values we represent at BiZoHa.
FARMLAND ADDED TO BIZOHA SITE
The BIZOHA Campus of KHPS acquired new farmland next to the existing property, in the irrigation zone of Muhokya commonly known by locals as Rutoke. The land is spacious, with fertile alluvial soils, well connected by a road and located on the banks of River Muhokya. Planting crops in this area does not require one to time the season and changing weather pattern. Please see the News Story on our site for additional information about this property. We are excited for the possibilities toward becoming quite self-sufficient in feeding the children and also in selling food at our roadside stand.
FINAL THREE CLASSROOMS ARE FUNDED WITH CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
Dr. Bruce Chou Classroom #2 was sponsored by Dr. Bruce Chou, our very first classroom sponsor.
Pegasystems Classroom was sponsored by Pegasystems, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, MA and the leading provider of business process management (BPM) and customer relationship management (CRM) software solutions. Her classroom was completed in January, in plenty of time to meet the next term of school starting on February 22.
SOLAR PANEL, SOLAR REFRIGERATOR, AND DESKS GALORE
We received funding for two more solar panels, from Scott Furciniti and Melanie Carver. The solar panels will light our classrooms with the abundant free energy from the sun that is available at our campus situated right on the equator.
We also received funding for a solar refrigerator, to enable business at our roadside stand. Our plan is to sell cool, refreshing drinks and snack items on the busy roadway. This will provide a source of income for BiZoHa, helping to make the orphanage self-sustaining. A donation from Patrick Ketaner made the purchase of this solar refrigerator possible.
Many individuals have sponsored desks for the children and the students, and construction of those items is underway now. They are being built right at the Bizoha campus. We are very grateful for the generosity of all the donors who have made these items possible for our campus.