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Emma Academy

GUA Africa’s mission is to work with individuals, families and communities to help them overcome the effects of war and poverty. Their projects focus on providing an education to children and young adults who would otherwise be denied such opportunity. Currently, GUA Africa works in Kenya and Sudan.

Twenty years of Sudanese civil war has meant that schooling in South Sudan has been at best irregular. Many former child soldiers have not found their way back to education, and traditionally only 1 in 5 girls are supported to finish High School.
CHI’s goal is to help GUA Africa build a high-quality education center for the community of Leer in the Upper West Nile, where GUA Africa has been granted 15 acres of land by the government of South Sudan. This center will be called Emma Academy, as a legacy to Emma McCune who lies in rest in Leer.
In November 2008 GUA officials and the Leer community agreed that the Emma Academy project be split into two phases. The first phase saw the successful renovation of the existing Leer primary school. GUA is now working on the second phase of the project which includes building a:
  • Secondary school (10 classrooms)
  • Dining room and kitchen
  • Boarding accommodation (4 dormitories, 2 for boys and 2 for girls)
  • Toilet blocks
  • Sports fields
At the same time, GUA continues to facilitate child sponsorships through its Survivors of War program and its Kariobangi School program. At the moment GUA is working with limited technological support, so sponsor-child relationships through CHI are less communication intensive.


GUA Africa was founded by Emmanuel Jal, an ex-child soldier turned rap artist. The word GUA (pronounced gwaah) means “peace” in Nuer, a tribal language of Southern Sudan.

You can support GUA by making a donation here.