SHARING YOUTH CENTRE HOSTEL: SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA HOSTEL
On Friday 8th February 2019, Sharing Youth Centre in the presence of the Board of Governors opened a students’ Hostel. The Hostel was sponsored by Sharing Youth Centre partners PROJEKTWERKSTATT ZUKUNFT E.V in collaboration with the GERMAN FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (BMZ). The hostel is designed to accommodate vulnerable women who come to study in Kampala but face the problem of accommodation in the city. The hostel has 5 large bedrooms, a spacious courtyard for recreation, a modern sanitary facility, a recreation room and a room for a matron who will be living and accompanying the girls. The Hostel has the capacity of 40 girls. The essence of this hostel accommodation is for students to have focus on their education without any side attractions.
This prestigious hostel is named after a great African Saint from Sudan: SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA. Saint Bakhita is venerated as a modern African saint, and as a statement against the brutal history of women slavery. She rose from the life slavery to the life of freedom. The life of Josephine Bakhita can inspire the lives of the young girls at the school who can emulate her life, endurance, forgiveness and wisdom. St. Josephine once said in a beautiful and unbelievable statement “If I were to meet the slave traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel down and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today… the Lord has loved me so much: we must love everyone… we must be compassionate”, even after all the injustices she had been subjected to.