• Education empowers the individual, the community and the nation

About Us

Educate a Child: Develop a Nation

We believe that giving everyone access to education will lead to an increase in individuals generating their own income and a more stable society. Our projects combine scholarship programmes, teaching in refugee camps and feeding programmes. All underpinned by a philosophy of peace education and a dedication to community income generation.

We were founded in 2006 by South Sudanese former child soldier turned musician and activist Emmanuel Jal. Since then Gua Africa has grown from an informal organisation supporting a handful of young South Sudanese to the international organisation it is today.

In 2008 we gained UK charity status (no. 1123840) and have since been registered in South Sudan (2010) and Kenya (2011). The word Gua (pronounced gwaah) means peace in Nuer, a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Nuer people of South Sudan and Ethiopia. It is also the title of Emmanuel Jal’s debut number one single.

Take Education Seriously

Hear our founder Emmanuel Jal's thoughts on education's importance.