• Check here to see blog posts from some of our Survivors of War students
Welcome to the Gua blog!

Welcome to the Gua blog!

Welcome to the brand new Gua blog! My name is Kate Gumm and I am Gua Africa's UK Coordinator. As this blog progresses we will have regular posts from our coordinator's in Kenya, South Sudan and myself, in the UK. We will also invite any of the student's from our Survivors of War programme to post a blog article about any issues that might be of interest.

We see this blog as a tool in developing a Gua Africa community where staff, beneficiaries and supporters can all connect. To that end, we invite you to comment and maybe even write a guest blog yourself if for example you're doing some fundraising and want to share it with the rest of the Gua community. Just contact us and we will sort out the logistics.

In this introductory blog I want to give you a better idea of how Gua Africa runs day to day from the UK. As the UK Coordinator my role is to coordinate all aspects of Gua Africa's operations. During an average week that can include email coordination with fundraisers around the world, updating the website with news items and photographs, Skype calls with our South Sudan team to continue planning for the construction of the Emma Academy and social media updates via Facebook and Twitter. Once a month I write a Gua newsletter which you can sign up to below if you've not already!

Another major part of my role is coordinating the large scale fundraising efforts within Gua Africa. That includes developing a Fundraising in Schools pack and then approaching schools around the UK with offers of a personal presentation by myself about Gua Africa's work. Another aspect of fundraising is writing grant proposals for major funding. This in the past has meant sending off proposals to UK grant making trusts and/or international grant giving organisations. Fundraising via major grants was a large part of our successful primary school phase of the Emma Academy and we will be looking to replicate that in the near future when the time comes to apply for funding for the Emma Academy itself.

I have been working for Gua Africa since 2009 and have been fortunate enough to travel to Kenya and South Sudan many times. I have a deep passion for both the students in Kenya and the whole Leer community. It is this passion that spurs me on each day to do all that I can to increase access to education for all across South Sudan.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this introductory Gua blog interesting.

{Photo shows myself (in the blue t-shirt) with the women of the Mary John Primary School PTA stood outside the classrooms built by Gua Africa.}