You don’t need to go to South Sudan to help FIGS achieve our aim. We are working with local South Sudanese traders to design and build the school, but there are a lot of ways you can help us progress right here in England. We are looking volunteers, based in London, who’d be interested to get involved in a range of local events and activities! This will include working with:
UK-based South Sudanese communities.
Schools to raise awareness and support fundraising.
Other volunteers to organize large fundraising events.
Trustees to write bids in order to obtain funding and more…
We are a new and small charity and we have a lot of work ahead of us! By getting involved you will help shape the projects future and will make a huge difference to the lives of young South Sudanese women.
If you’re interested in getting involved we formally invite you to join us at our introductory event in London! Please can all attendees send notice of their attendance to Londonfigs@gmail.com as soon as possible.
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.
We are helping create a residential school for girls – the first in the country – in the village and county of Ibba, in the new nation of South Sudan. After decades of civil war, the majority of girls currently receive no schooling after the age of ten. Our school will be rooted in Christian values. It will be open to people of all faiths and none, providing high quality education for girls aged 10 – 18. We aim to welcome the first group of eighty 10-year olds in February 2013, in two classes of 40 pupils each.
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.
Rachael Campey, Chief Executive of the Financial Education Services Consultancy (FEds Ltd.) has written an excellent article inspired by hearing Commissioner Bridget Nagomoro, Bishop Wilson Kamani and Father Stephen Kanyungi on their recent trip to the House of Lords. Thank you Rachael for your support. We hope others will find this exciting project a source of hope and will help however they can.
Commissioner Bridget Nagomoro, Bishop Wilson Kamani and Father Stephen Kanyungi visited England in October 2011. These inspirational people met supporters around the country, visited funders and helped officially launch the UK Friends of Ibba Girls School at the House of Lords in London, England.