Kibingo Girls’ Secondary
Kibingo Girls’ Secondary School (KGSS) is experiencing a renewal as the result of the close cooperation of the school administration, local leaders, and BARHD. Seventeen years ago, when BARHD first engaged with KGSS, enrollment was less than one hundred students and the few remaining teachers were not being paid. The Board of Governors developed a plan for saving the school by enlisting the help of local leaders and some of Kibingo’s “Old Girls and Old Boys” (KGSS was not always a girls’ school). Among other measures, they reached out to BARHD. Over the past seventeen years, BARHD has enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the KGSS Headmistresses, the Board of Governors, and the PTA. Enrollment has surged to 1200 students attracting some of the best students (and teachers) in SW Uganda. The school’s national test scores have soared over the last ten years and many of BARHD’s university students now come from KGSS.
BARHD has contributed to improving the school’s infrastructure by funding:
- A 2-classroom block (2008)
- A water-catchment/storage system (2009)
- A 6-classroom block (2010)
- A 4-family faculty housing block (2011)
- A bathroom block (2016)
- Kitchen and dining hall (2023–under construction and funded in cooperation with KGSS parents)
The rapid increase in enrollment has created need for additional infrastructure, good teachers, and books. BARHD will continue to do as much as it can for KGSS because we believe that educating young women is vital to reducing family size and poverty in Uganda.