Institutions

I am delighted to be writing on behalf of an institution from which some notably great men and women of Tooro were born; The Omukama Kaboyo, the Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya among others were born in Kabarole Hospital . I was also privileged to be born from such an institution of notables. To God be the Glory for the Church of Uganda and the Church Missionary Society for founding Kabarole Hospital and strong applause to the Ruwenzori Diocese for being such a great Loving mother to the Hospital. Reference to the 50 years Old Ruwenzori Diocese as a mother to the 100 years old Hospital sounds a misnomer, or is it? That is, if you have forgotten that a few years back we celebrated 100 years of Christianity in Tooro. The Church was here prior to naming of the Diocese.

Kabarole Hospital foundation owes to the teaching of Jesus Christ that addressed the whole person, spirit, body and soul. I liked the analysis of Bishop Benezeri one day that; “The establishment of Kyebambe Girls School in the eastern direction where the sun raises and Kabarole Hospital in the Direction of sun set with St. John’s Cathedral in the middle has a lot of not only spiritual but also intellectual significance”.

As a person is born (signified by sun-rise), people begin to learn this is signified by the learning institution in the name of Kyebambe Girls but as life begins to set (towards west) there is need for medical care as signified by Kabarole Hospital in the west of Kabarole Hill. In between, there is the church viewed from all sides of the hill signifying the sacred importance of spirituality from the beginning to the end. What a joy to witness the art and dynamism that God put in the heads and to the hearts then later to the hands of men and women of the time to deliver what is a source of our joy today.

Kabarole Hospital has gone through thick and thin but with the able leadership and governance of the Church of Uganda and the Diocese of Ruwenzori in both soft and hard times, it has come out flourishing. Even at the point of its closure in the 1960’s the Diocese stood to bring it back to life, thanks to the support from the Christian fraternity whenever hard times came. Today Kabarole Hospital is firmly established to pursue its mission of improving life, promote health as we envisage the whole person with Soul, body and spirit and accord due diligence to the disadvantaged and less privileged.
Under the able leadership of Dr. Loy Nabirye the Medical Superintendent and Mr. Kasukaali Methuselah, the Hospital Administrator, and the Good Governance form the Board led by the Rt. HoN. Dr. Apollo karugaba; Kabarole is bound to leap to greater height.

We provide the following services

• General medicine and Surgical services
• Pediatrics and child health
• X-ray and scanning
• Gynecological Services
• Antenatal care and delivery
• Immunization and health education
• HIV counseling and testing
• Comprehensive HIV/ AIDS treatment and prevention
• Outreach services / patient follow-up and monitoring services
• Laboratory services
Nyakasura School, is a mixed, boarding, middle and high school in Fort Portal, Kabarole District, Western Uganda. The school is located in Nyakasura, off the Fort Portal-Bundibugyo Road, approximately 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi), by road, northwest of the central business district of Fort Portal. The coordinates of Nyakasura School are:0°40'18.0"N, 30°13'12.0"E (Latitude:0.671660; Longitude:30.220000).

The school was founded by a Scotsman, Lieutenant Commander Ernest Ebohard Calwell, a retired naval officer, in 1926. Mr. Calwell was a teacher at King's College Budo, before he fell out with the headmaster there. They had differences on what uniform the students should wear. There were two students from Toro Kingdom at Buddo at that time, by the names of Komwiswa and Byara. They convinced Mr. Calwell to come and ask the Omukama of Toro for land to set up a school like Buddo in Toro. Rukirabasaija Daudi Kasagama Kyebambe III showed the Commander three sites, out of which he selected Nyakasura. He selected Scottish kilts as the boys' uniform.
For the history I am about to relay, the Almighty Lord deserves the best appreciation, for without him, we would not have reached this far. From Kyembambe Girls’ Community, greetings in the name of the Lord. On the 30 April 1896, Omukama Daudi Ikungura Kasagama.

Kyebambe IV arranged a thanks giving service at Kabarole Hill. On the same day, he declared that his kingdom was now a Christian Kingdom and directed that all chiefs in the kingdom must be Christians and instrumental in establishing churches at their places of work. This led to evangelism and education spreading like a bush fire in all corners of the kingdom.

In his desire for education, on February 1, 1897, Omukama wrote a letter to the church Missionary Society (CMS), London, requesting for missionary teachers to teach his people. The letter reads in part "Therefore, Sir, I tell you that, I have built a very big church in my capital and we call it, the Church of St. Johns. There are other nine churches around St. Johns but the teachers are very few and those who wish to read are many. My people are in darkness. We heard that now in Uganda, there are English ladies to come and teach our ladies. I want very much that they come….”

This saw the coming of Ms. Pike, who became a Pillar of the schools foundation and others and in 1901, a school started as a mixed school for both men and women and their children. The King also had private lessons.

The Kings daughter, Ruth Komuntale was one of the pioneer girls in the school. The school started with 49 boarders but now it has 1036. The school was established to produce students who would be role models of working very hard like a star shining in darkness without ceasing, reflecting values like honesty, purity and love.

The motto of the school is “Omukwebembera mutaba bagara”-Romans 12:11. The first graduates of the school made a key impression of girls’ education, and it was amazing at the time to see a Mutooro lady performing duties just like the European ladies.

The school was later named Kyebambe Girls’ School in 1941 in commemoration of the late King Daudi Ikungura Kasagama Kyebambe IV. Today, Kyebambe Girls’ Secondary School and the Diocese of Ruwenzori share a compound and the diocesan Bishop is always the Board of governors for the school. They are one body and partner in all aspects. Most of the Church servers in one way or another are related to the school either as teachers, chaplains or members of different school’s committees. Bishop Rueben B.Kisembo was chaplain of the school until one month to his consecration. Others like Mama Rose Kyaligonza, wife of the late Bishop Patrick Kyaligonza are old girls of the school.

About the writer

He is warden at St. John’s Cathedral, a team member of the task force of making a strategic plan of St. John’s Cathedral and member of the Editorial Committee.
The College is located in Bukuuku village in Bukuku Sub-county, Burahya County of Kabarole District 8 Kms. From Fort Portal town on Bundibugyo road. It is situated on 78 acres of land belonging to Church of Uganda (COU).

The catchment of the College covers Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibugyo districts. The Institution is served with Hydro power line and running water from Bukuuku gravity flow scheme. In case of shortage of electricity a generator is used to light classes and as for water a nearby stream and borehole are used as alternative sources.
This area is endowed with fertile soils, swamps and rivers. The College utilizes this good climate for production of variety of crops and supporting livestock. The College is planning to use the land on large scale to produce food for students.

Management

The Bishop of Ruwenzori is the Trustee of the College.

The College has Board of Governors which is a supreme body Administrative structure.

1. Mrs. Nyakahuma Grace (Chairperson)
2. Rev. Ezra Musobozi Vice Chairperson
3. Mr. Byesigwa Benjamin - Principal And Secretary

This board is composed of three Sub-committees that execute different roles. These are:

• Academic, Sports, games and recreation committee.
• Discipline and public relation committee.
• Finance, development, production and self help and staff and students welfare Committee.

The Development Genesis of Canon Apolo Core PTC

The history of Canon Apolo Core PTC begins far back in 1910 at the site of the present Kabarole Cathedral, to train Church teachers by the Native Anglican Church (NAC) now Church of Uganda (COU). In 1936 the Late Commander Earnest Colwell shifted it to Nyakasura and it was upgraded to Normal school for the purpose of training Vernacular teachers for Native Anglican Church schools in western Region covering present districts of Kisoro, Kabale, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kamwenge, Kasese, kabarole, Bundibugyo, Kyenjojo, Hoima, Masindi and Kibale. In 1939, the College was relocated to its present site.

As a result of the 1942 Education Ordinance the College started training Primary (elementary) school teachers under government supervision in partnership with the Anglican Foundation body.

From 1910 to date the College passed through various stages of development.

• 1910 – 1924 Church School, training teachers for church schools (p1 – P.2)
• 1925 – 1942 Normal School, Training vernacular teachers for church schools ( P.1 – P.4)
• 1943 – 1959 TTC, Training Primary Teachers Grade I (P.1 – P.6)
• 1959 – 1964 TTC, Training Primary Teachers ( Grade II Primary teachers) (P.1 – P.6)
• 1965 – 1980 Temporary closure due to rationalization of TTCs in the County
• 1981 – 1998 PTC Training Grade 111 teachers
• 1998 – To date Developed into a Core PTC to handle both pre-service and Outreach programme activities.
The College development plan therefore summarizes the programs as:
1. Pre-service
2. Out reach
3. PTE In – Service training

By Benjamin Byesigwa, Principal
This is a faith based organization started by the two Bishops of the Anglican Catholic Church to care for the vulnerable and orphaned children of the great Toro kingdom.

The Late Rt Rev.Bishop Jonathan Rwakaikara and the Late Rt Rev.Serapio Magambo were assisted by the community, girl guides and scouts from Norway in constructing the first building in 1968 and the home was officially opened in 1970. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

Home capacity

Toro babies’ home has a sixty children capacity but presently is caring for forty six children .Over five hundred children have had a successful life.

Management

It comprises of the two Bishops as trustees and nine members of the Board of Governors and eighteen staff members who do the daily management of the home.

The home is supposed to care for the children under the age of four but presently we have older children plans for the future.

Kasiisi Home

Building a home for grown up children at kasiisi land is in progress though presently used as a garden to supplement the budget.

Kagote sustainability project

There has been a plan of building a two stored block with ninety units of two bed roomed self-contained apartments and a hostel. These are planned as a way of raising funds to sustain the two homes in future. Presently we have a small farm and gardens to supplement the home budget.

Appreciations

Toro Child Care Centre with funds from the Norway community has sustained the home’s daily running activities for six years. We also appreciate various support we have received from:

• Friends of the home
• The community and Christians of both churches.
• Parents and well wishers who visit and support in one way or another.

May the good Lord reward you abundantly. Lastly we praise the Lord for His divine providence Psalms 11: I

Christine Mugasa, Matron Toro Babies Home