About St. Bakhita's
Saint Bakhita’s Vocational Training Center (Saint Bakhita’s) is a girls-only boarding school in Kalongo, Uganda. Founded in 2007, Saint Bakhita’s was created to provide educational opportunities for young women that had been abducted and held captive by the LRA, returning home, often with children, after missing years of education. Saint Bakhita’s was named in honor of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of modern slavery and human trafficking.
In partnership with Notre Dame, and in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Gulu, Saint Bakhita’s re-launched in November 2021 with the creation of the Innovation Scholars program, to reimagine a new way to deliver vocational education. This first cohort of 78 Innovation Scholars were given the opportunity to learn a vocational skill (tailoring, hairdressing, agriculture, or catering), while also receiving foundational training in agroforestry, computers, financial management, and entrepreneurship. Students at Saint Bakhita’s work closely with students at Notre Dame to collaborate on entrepreneurial innovations, and together work closely with the community to ensure innovations have a broad, positive impact on the economic prosperity of the region. By purchasing one of the products made by our Innovation Scholars, you are empowering these girls to reimagine their futures and build stronger communities.