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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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.
With today being International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March), we want to share with you the 10×10’s feature film, Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, showcasing the power of education to change the world through the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries. The film is being premiered in New York this week and is a part of the 10×10 global campaign to improve education for girls in the developing countries. Take a look!
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.
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.