May Newsletter: Confirming Details for UK Meetings with our Two Remarkable Visitors from South Sudan!

Our May Newsletter has three main aims:

  1. To give you the final programme for the visit to the UK of our two friends and colleagues from South Sudan, between May 11-27. Do come and join in when and where you can!
  2. To confirm the agenda and outstanding speakers for the FIGS Seminar and AGM to be held in Central London on Wednesday 15 May. Come for either the afternoon or evening sessions or (better) both.
  3. To ask you to confirm which events listed you are planning to attend, so we can get numbers right for refreshments. Please email: anna.kahramanoglou@gmail.com 

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May Newsletter 2013 

April Newsletter: Come & Meet Bridget Nagomoro at our AGM in London – May 15

Our April Newsletter brings further exciting news and details of:

  • Opportunities to meet with Bridget Nagomoro from Ibba, during her visit to the UK between May 11 – 27
  • The programme for our seminar on the challenges of girls schooling in South Sudan, in central London on Wednesday  May 15
  • Speakers include Margaret Sentamu (wife of the Archbishop of York), Bridget Nagomoro, Hon Pia Michael, Minister of Education for Western Equatoria State, and others from South Sudan
  • The programme for FIGS Annual General Meeting in London on Wednesday May 15, with progress reports from Ibba and the UK, and a chance to discuss and shape our future strategy, together with Bridget, Pia and the UK Trustees
  • The appointment of additional FIGS Trustees – with more women, more African people and more young people
  • Progress in the building of the first school classrooms in Ibba

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April Newsletter 2013 – Bridget visit to UK

March Newsletter: Easter Rising!

We bring to you the March edition of the Friends of Ibba Girls School Newsletter!

This newsletter brings you up to date with details of:

  • Progress in the building of the first classroom block, toilets, kitchen generator and completion of the perimeter fence and of the second solar powered water bore-hole
  • The funds we still have to raise to complete the dormitory, shower block and teachers accommodation
  • The schedule for Bridget Nagamoro’s visit to the UK from May 10-27
  • The FIGS annual conference and AGM in London on May 15
  • Opportunites for volunteering with FIGS – in the UK and South Sudan

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Easter Rising Newsletter (March 2013)

Building the First School Classrooms in Ibba

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.

Chief giving directions

 

Get Involved, Volunteer To Work With FIGS!

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.

DATE: Thursday, 7th February
TIME: 7pm-8:30pm
LOCATION: 22 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0TB

Meeting Location Map

The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) have kindly offered to let us use one of their meeting rooms to hold our first London volunteers event.

The offices are a 5 minute walk from Euston Station.

The closest train & tube stops are:

  • Euston Station – Northern and Victoria lines.
  • Russel Square – Piccadilly line.
  • Euston Square – Hammersmith & City line, Circle and Metropolitan lines.

If you would like further information or to contact the organizers please email: Londonfigs@gmail.com

– Josh