Project information

Emma Academy Project - Phase 1

Gua Africa plans to build five classrooms at the Leer Primary School, an area devastated by the twenty year long civil war and currently battling with primary school completion rates of less than 20%.

2 months

Charity information

Gua Africa

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  • Need


    The 20 year long civil war devastated Southern Sudan, leaving the country devoid of any infrastructure. Today, only 2% of Southern Sudanese children are completing primary school, this is largely due to a lack of schools. The Leer Primary School has 2,000 primary level students and 200 secondary students currently sharing only five classrooms. They have to share as there is no Secondary School building in Leer. As a result the majority of classes are being taught outside under trees.


    Gua Africa plans to build 5 extra classrooms on the Leer Primary School site to add to the 4 currently in use. This will more than double the indoor teaching space and will dramatically improve the overall study environment for the students.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To have finished the construction of the 5 classrooms by December 2010.


    » Begin a coordinated fundraising in schools campaign around the UK to enhance our fundraising streams.
    » Set up our 'Friends of Gua' membership scheme to encourage monthly regular donations.

    Success will be when all 5 classrooms are being used by the students of the Leer Primary School.

  • Impact


    These 5 new classrooms will ensure that the students of Leer Primary School are taught in an environment conducive to successful academic study for many years to come. This project will not increase the numbers of children receiving an education, but it will ensure that those that are are getting an education that will set them up for higher and maybe even further education in the future.


    The Leer Primary School is a government owned school and is run by the local education authorities. Recently due to the local and national Sudanese elections construction work on our site was halted for two weeks. We continue to work closely with all the necessary local authorities and school management teams and our Sudanese employee who is based in Leer has weekly meetings with these associates to ensure the project runs smoothly.


    Our Sudanese Project Coordinator writes weekly reports and emails them back to our UK office, including photographs of any ongoing work. Monthly financial budgetary reports are also emailed over to our UK office. All of these can be sent to donors upon request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £76,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,400 Preparation work Mobilise all labour, tools and equipment, including earth work
      £17,300 Foundation work Supply and install all the timber blocks for the structures and put in the concrete blocks
      £10,100 Floor work Supply and install all the timber beams and concrete slabs for the floors
      £5,900 Structural work Provide steel reinforcements along with cement to support the structures
      £8,900 Block work Lay in the concrete blocks ready for plastering
      £10,700 Roofing work Supply & install in the timber structures, gable truss, ribbed iron sheets etc to complete roofing
      £5,300 Carpentry & joinery work Supply & install in the windows and doors and finish ceiling joinery
      £9,300 Finishing work Plaster the outside and inside of all 5 classrooms and paint on blackboards
      £6,900 Contingencies Set at 10% by our local construction NGO partners

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Foundation £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Leer, Unity State, Southern Sudan. Leer town is a 1.5 hour flight or a two day bus drive from Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan. During the rainy season the roads are unusable and the River Nile becomes the only method of transportation. These annual rains impact the nature of the clay based soil and cause building costs to be higher than many neighbouring states. They cause foundations to be dug much deeper and thus cement ratios to be higher, demanding much more cement.


    The people of Leer have suffered more than most people on earth. They have survived the longest civil war in Africa's history which claimed the lives of 2 million of their neighbours and forced them to spend decades in refugee camps. After all that, they have returned to their homeland and have begun rebuilding in a time of peace in the hope that their children can go to school and receive the educations they missed out on. We are going to build them the classrooms in which to do it in.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a distinct link to the people of Leer through our founder Emmanuel Jal, whose family are still based in Leer. Emmanuel fought as a child soldier in the Sudanese civil war in and around Leer and was rescued by a British aid worker named Emma McCune, who this project is named after. Along with this connection to the local community we have also already successfully renovated the Primary School roof which was rotting (and infested with bats) and refurbished the entire school building.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Mayiel

    John is central to the success of Phase 1 of the Emma Academy Project, it is his job to ensure everything is running smoothly.