Emily Kuka

Emily Kuka

Emily was born in 1995 and is one of thirty children born to her father and his four wives. Emily’s parents are illiterate and unemployed and the family relies entirely on the income one mother earns selling firewood. Though one of Emily’s sisters enrolled in Grade 1, three of her older sisters never had the chance to go to school. Instead, they were married off between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. As the only breadwinner in the family, Emily’s mother struggled to pay her school fees while raising children and caring for her husband, who is chronically ill. However, with an MGEF scholarship, Emily has avoided the fate of her older sisters and been guaranteed an education— an education that will help her take control of her life and improve the lives of her family members.

Date of Birth: 01/01/1995
Start Grade: 9th Grade (Form 1)
Current Grade: Post-secondary
School: Pending
Sponsored: Yes