Christ School Bundibugyo
World Harvest Mission began work in Bundibugyo District in 1986. Our initial emphasis on evangelism, church-planting, and development saw some success, however, by the late ‘90s we saw a clear need for a transformational immersion experience to shape the next generation of young people. In 1999, we established Christ School with a vision to develop tomorrow’s leaders for Bundibugyo and beyond by providing an excellent academic education in the context of the Christian faith. Today, Christ School Bundibugyo has an enrollment of 340 students.
Follow the links below to read some life-changing stories and the opportunity to support a future CSB student:
Sponsor a student for 2011 through CSB Orphans and Vulnerable Children Scholarship Fund.
About the Region
Bundibugyo District (pop.≈265,000), one of the poorest districts in Uganda, lies squeezed between the Congo (DRC) border and the towering Rwenzori mountain range, effectively isolated from the rest of the world. The word Bundibugyo itself means “the end of the road,” and the area consistently ranks in the bottom 10% of the country on various education measures.
The philosophy of Christ School is that in order for education to truly address root causes of problems in society, it must be accompanied by changes in belief. As national leaders with a Christian worldview emerge, they will know best how to approach specific issues in their own communities. Only the gospel has the power to radically change students’ hearts and communities. To that end, our students are challenged spiritually through weekly chapel meetings, Sunday on-campus worship services, and teacher-led discipleship meetings. While not all of our students are professing Christians, Christ School is a safe environment for all students to explore and learn about the Christian faith. We have seen numerous conversions as well as significant spiritual growth in our believing students.
In addition to academic and spiritual development, one of the school’s core values is service to the local community. Students are encouraged to view their education as a privilege, not an entitlement, and the staff works to impart a vision for service to family, village, district, and country. During their 4–6 years at school, many have the opportunity to be mentored in servant leadership roles, and explore their unique strengths and gifts. We believe that both the church and the community as a whole will benefit from the lives of these students. This kind of investment in people is often slow to bring change, but we believe the changes that do come will be lasting.
How You Can Help
Christ School Bundibugyo, now in its eleventh year, continues to provide quality education and a nurturing Christian environment where spiritual formation can occur for Bundibugyo District's leaders of tomorrow. However, in order to provide this experience at an affordable rate for the rural poor of Bundibugyo, World Harvest only charges $400/year per student (about 1/3 the cost of nearby secondary boarding schools)--while actual operating expenses total about $600/student per year. Additionally, World Harvest has pledged to the parents of students that all capital expenses will be raised outside of tuition payments.
If you would like to help those who are literally “at the end of the road,” there are a couple of ways to partner with Christ School: Sponsor a student through the CSB Orphans and Vulnerable Children Scholarship Fund or make a gift to the Christ School Fund to allow us to continue to raise up a new generation of Christian leaders for tomorrow's Bundibugyo District.