Nyakabungo Girls' Secondary School is situated in South West Uganda, in the Kanungu District of the Kinkiizi Diocese. This is a remote area with poor education and health services.It is served by a system of unmade roads, which are often difficult to pass through especially during the rainy season.
The school was started in 1984; it inherited the buildings of a former primary school. All the buildings were demolished, except one, which still exists as one of the girls' dormitories. It is a Church of Uganda school, and it is the only government aided school in the Kanungu district.
The Mary Wood Trust became involved in 2002 and since then the school has grown and the buildings have improved.
The Mary Wood block was completed, the roof fixed so that it no longer leaked and the girls could sleep in dry beds.
The first shower block was built so that the girls could shower in private rather than out in the surrounding unfenced area.
There are almost 350 girls at the school now- the majority of whom board, due to the distances involved in getting to the school, and also the difficulty and high costs of transportation.It also ensures their presence.If they attended daily they would often be needed at home and forced to stay away.
The boarding situation did however put huge pressure on the already overcrowded dormitory space and so the next fundraising project began.
In 2008 a new dormitory block- 'Friendship House'- was built and equipped with wooden bunk beds.The three rooms, Faith, Hope and Charity,provide sleeping accommodation for 90 girls in a light and airy atmosphere.
In 2009 a new shower block and toilets were completed, as a result of combined fundraising between the Mary Wood Trust and also NGSS parents' contributions.
In November 2009 NGSS celebrated its Silver Jubilee, and it was on this occasion that the Electricity Connection project was launched.
By February 2010 electricity was connected to the school and the girls able to study at night!
More than 40 of the girls are provided with sponsorship- our charity has promised to support 10 girls each year.
The school is now able to teach girls up to A level standard and so far the results have been encouraging.
All the girls have been issued with mosquito nets. Again, as a result of generous donations from our supporters.
There is a board of governors and a Parents Association.
At present the school is managed by an acting headmistress.
It has been difficult to get female teachers to work at NGSS because of its remote situation and also the lack of appropriate accommodation.
In order to address this in 2011 the Mary Wood Trust launched their project to build a new Female Staff House and this was opened in 2014.
Also, in order to cope with the problem of malaria, infectious diseases and sick girls the Mary Wood Trust have built a Sick Bay.