She lived with her mother who cuts grass for a living. Her parents were forcing her into marriage, so she now lives with her grandmother near Lesiraa School who disagreed and tries to provide the best she can. She was first in her year group in her final year at Lesiraa School, and gained 195 out of 250 marks in the national examinations.
Stela started Kipok Girls’ Secondary Boarding School in January 2012. She is being sponsored by Debbie Nicholson, a member of staff at Acklam Grange School, and Elizabeth Nicholson, a pupil at Acklam Grange School.