"AfricaHumanists.org" is a website of the Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a think-and-do tank in the San Francisco East Bay.
We establish humanist/atheist/secular clinics, schools, and orphanages in Uganda to educate and children and youth. We support humanist/atheist/secular perspectives in Africa via book and essay publications;
Our organizational website is BrighterBrains.org.
Africa is the world’s most religious continent. "Humanist Missionaries" of the Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) wants to change that; we aim to secularize Africa by establishing Humanist Schools.
1) Religious sanctions against condom use enable the HIV/AIDS epidemic that kills 1,200,000 Africans annually. Unprotected sex also causes unplanned pregnancies - thousands of unwanted African newborns are abandoned in orphanages or trash bins.
2) Faith-based wars are murderous. Religious strife in Sudan has killed 2.8 million; Boko Haram in Nigeria has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million; religious battles in the Central African Republic have displaced 20% of the population. In western Uganda, where BBI works, two terrorist militias are fueled by religious extremism - The Lord’s Resistance Army (Christian) and the Alllied Democratic Forces (Muslim) ravaged the western region, leaving AIDS and orphans in their wake.
3. Encourage Rationalism. Many Africans believe success is only attained through prayer and divine intervention. The President of Malawi, Peter Mutharikia, recently urged the citizenry to pray for rain, urged on by the governmental “advisor on religious affairs, Apostle Timothy Khoviwa.” BBI believes African superstition prevents leaders and citizenry from sensibly solving complex problems.
BBI initiated its secularization strategy by assisting Kasese Humanist Primary School. We installed a medical clinic to provide free health care to the students; we established scholarships and sponsorships to needy students (especially orphans); we funded an after-school Creativity Lab that teaches singing, dancing, and filmmaking; we purchased sports equipment for KHPS teams.
Next, BBI raised $40,000 to construct BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School in the nearby town of Muhokya. We built 10 classrooms, a kitchen, dining room, roadside stand, and a medical clinic that offers free medicine, free menstruation pads, and sex education. BiZoHa opened its doors to 168 students on February 22, 2016.
The next BBI project - Kahendero Humanist Nursery School - launched its campaign in January 2016, and acquired all necessary funds in only 10 weeks. It opened on June 13, 2016.
Our new strategy is to persuade existing schools to adopt humanism. This approach was successful; 10 schools contacted us because they were "interested in humanism." Our humanist success is described in Kyarumba Projects, Buhanga Project, and MITOOMA Project.
BBI owes its success to 400+ humanist / atheist contributors; many from reddit/atheism and reddit/humanism. Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), MotherBoard.vice, and Inverse.com have publicized our activities; Humanist Canada and Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics of Manitoba (HAAM) have been very helpful.
Our "Africa Humanist" Accomplishments
- Launched BiZoHa - world's first atheist orphanage
- Constructed 12 buildings, launched BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School on February 22, 2016 (148 students enrolled)
- Published "Orphans of Rwenzori: a humanist perspective" by Bwambale Robert Musubaho
- Provided scholarships to children in Nyakiyumbu, to attend Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS).
- Established a medical clinic to serve students at KHPS.
- Started "Creativity Lab" - after-school program at KHPS
- Published essays by Leo Igwe, Nigerian humanist & human rights activist
- Provided scholarships to 87 orphans and in-need children at BiZoHa and KHPS
- Delivered shoes, food, clothes, kikoy dresses, and art supplies to students at BiZoHa and KHPS.
- Launched "Kahendero Humanist Nursery School" on Lake George, June 13, 2016
- Two schools near Kyarumba join humanism: Kanyenze Primary School, and Mother Givers School. (Six other schools express interest, but we eventually reject them because they did not complete projects on time)
- Garama Secondary School, in Kisanga, joins our humanist list.
- Nyakyumbu Widows Orphanage School joins us