Built in 2004 on a beautiful Ugandan plateau by Father Richard Kyankaaga, St. Josephine Bakhita Vocational and Secondary School is the largest building in the village and the jewel of Kabingo. St. Bakhita offers the first four years of secondary school, and prepares the students for entering either the last two years of high school, nursing or trade school. Students can either board at the school or attend as day students. The worldwide crisis of high food prices has affected Uganda including Kabingo. Father Richard makes every effort to keep the school affordable, but even then many parents cannot afford the tuition. The teachers remain very committed to the school and their students’ education.
In a country where only 16% of students have the opportunity to attend high school, the students know that St. Bakhita is their best hope for a better future, and they study diligently. In 2011, 30 out of 32 students who sat for the Ordinary Level Certificate taken after the fourth year have passed. Five students have been accepted into nursing school based on their achievements in St. Bakhita’s science coursework. Other graduates passed their exams with high marks and were well prepared to enter the last two years of secondary school followed by enrollment at the university. Others have been accepted and study at vocational schools.
St. Bakhita is giving the students of Kabingo a fighting chance to break the cycle of poverty. Father Richard finds a way to keep the students in school even when their families can’t afford tuition which creates a strain on St. Bakhita’s already limited resources. Your support will ensure the success of these deserving students as they strive for a better tomorrow.