We have some great news to share!
Further FIGS funding has allowed for the next stage of the construction work to commence. This comprises not only the classroom block, but also toilets, a kitchen, a solar and generator block and completion of the second solar powered water bore-hole. This is all to be completed in the targeted time of 4 months (March to June 2013). Our architect Malcolm Worby will be travelling to Ibba again on the 15th of April to inspect progress.
This building work also helps create employment for local young people. Gabriel Gbera, head of Anisa Construction, tells us that he is excited by this prospect:
“We had a wonderful meeting with the Paramount Chief of Ibba and the community on the 19th of March. He selected 30 hardworking men from the East, Central and West of Ibba to work with us.”
Here’s a picture of the Paramount Chief (dressed in white) with some of the young local workers on the site.
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.
The new gatehouse has been completed!
Generous donations and support have already achieved the basic ground-clearing for a school.
Once we have raised the next £750,000 we need, the administration building and the first classrooms will nestle amongst trees, preserving as much as possible of the natural environment.
It was Commissioner Bridget Nagomoro who first dreamed of creating a residential school for girls in her home village of Ibba, in the county of the same name in South Sudan – a dream which is now being supported by the Friends of Ibba Girls School. She donated some family land for the school; Chief Severio also donated some land. Before construction could start recently on the first phase of building, affidavits for the transfer of the land to the School were needed. The signing was at a ceremony at the Commissioner’s office. Bridget addressed the elders of Ibba about the project – some of them were formal witnesses to the signing.