Dear Friend of Ibba Girls School,
As you are probably aware, this isn’t the most current version of the snazzy Ibba Girls School website. We are very sorry that the current website is experiencing technical issues, which we are diligently beavering away to resolve in the background. In the meanwhile, you are welcome to explore our blast-from-the-past old school website (from even before the school opened in 2014 — how far we’ve come with 120 girl students now!), or check out our updates on Facebook or Twitter. You can also read our most recent newsletter, watch our school film, or make a donation to support the girl students in Ibba. We’ll be back with you as soon as we possibly can. Thanks very much for your patience, and for sticking with us,
Chernise, Cynthia, and the rest of the FIGS communications team
Two recent graduates from Warwick University have volunteered to go to Ibba Village to help with development of the site and buildings. After preparatory work with John Benington, founder and chair of The Friends of Ibba Girls School – himself a volunteer, a full-time one! – they leave England for South Sudan in October.
Funded by two UK-based charities, we have now been able to complete the first bore-hole connected with creating the new Ibba Girls School. Many, many thanks are due to builder Gabriel and his team, and Malcolm, who has been overseeing the work as project architect. He commented to Gabriel:
You have done a wonderful job with the boreholes. The bore-hole for the Chief’s village, with the 4 taps in the wall, is just want I had hoped for – I am very happy for all those who now have water close to their communities, and no longer have to walk several kilometres each day for water. Life will be
so much better now for many because of this. I am very proud to have been a part of it.
At The Friends of Ibba Girls School (in South Sudan) we have now changed our partner for donations and fund-raising. Click on the Virgin Money Giving logo opposite or here!
Elysia, Jemma, and Eva from Earlsdon Primary School in Coventry met Bridget, the district commissioner in Ibba and founder of The Ibba Residential Girls School, and the Ibba team when they visited the school in October 2010. They decided to organise a cake sale and other events and raised £60 for Ibba. Earlier this month they presented the money to John Benington, chair of the trustees,and Tina Kiefer (whose daughter Mia goes to the school) at a special school assembly. John gave the school a progress report and showed them the slides of the school site as it is developing … and now one of their teachers is offering to do some sponsored fund-raising.
Today we mark the the first anniversary of the independence of South Sudan (July 9th) by reposting Emmanuel Kembe’s song of Celebration on the occasion of independence one year ago. Celebration .
The new gatehouse has been completed!