Lenten Project Q & A With Kate!
Q: How did you get involved with GUA?
A: Well me and my mom went to a conference where we heard Emmanuel speak and we heard him talk about himself and the next day we bumped into him at a cafeteria. We became good friends and Jal ended up asking my mom to become a trustee for GUA. That was 8 years ago. The rest is sort of history. I’ve been working for Gua for 5 years since I graduated from university.
Q: How has working for GUA affected you personally?
A: Tough Question. It has completely taken over my life and has changed my family. It has affected me emotionally and has opened my eyes. For example, a student we've been involved with has not seen his family in 16 years. Recently, we found his family and we reunited them.
Q: How often does GUA travel to South Sudan to build school houses/classrooms?
A: Well at the moment we are not building any houses or classrooms because of the recent conflicts. I personally have not been in Sudan in about a year and a half but we continue to support our classrooms by providing resources and tools.
Q: Have any GUA houses been destroyed by the war?
A: Well the classrooms we have constructed are still standing but they have been looted by a group who overcame the town and have destroyed the chairs and materials.
Q: How many school houses do you build in 1 year?
A: We have constructed about 5 classrooms in total and those are where Emmanuel was born and raised in Leer.
Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: Oh that is a tough question. I obviously like Jals music but I am biased and I usually go to music festivals and I like a bit of everything really, world music.
Q: Where do you think you would be if you haven't met Emmanuel?
A: I would have dreamed for a job like this. All my other classmates were jealous of me because the only way they can do something like this is starting an internship and being at the bottom and not getting payed. I was lucky to meet Jal.
Q: What subject(s) do the children of Sudan learn about?
A: Its very restricted. The standard subjects are math, science, english, religion and thats pretty much it until college where they really get into deeper things.
Q: Per campaign, how much funds are raised?
A:Do you mean a campaign similar to yours? It really depends on the length of the campaign, if it is 1 month or 1 year etc.. It varies a lot. You could make a few hundred dollars or few hundred pounds, or we could get thousands.