African speaker aims to inspire La Jolla High School students

By Sarah Devermann

Staff Writer, LJHS High Tide

Students at La Jolla High School recently had the wonderful experience of listening to an inspirational speaker from Africa at an assembly hosted by the Sister Schools Club. The speaker, Joshua Kyallo, grew up in Kenya and was inspired to help the African community as a result of his own childhood.

“When I was growing up, I went through a lot of personal hardships; it was always a challenge for my parents to put me through school,” Kyallo said.

Today, only about 50 percent to 60 percent of children in Africa go to school. However, even these fortunate few rarely have access to a quality education.

“Millions of children in Africa do not have access to the most basic facilities and resources that a child growing up in the United States or anywhere else would have,” Kyallo said.

Another fear in the minds of children living in Africa is the ever-present danger presented by the rebels. One African child drew a gruesome picture and wrote about how the rebels killed teachers at his school while the students were forced to watch and eat part of their teachers’ heads.

Currently, Kyallo is working for the African Medical and Research Foundation, AMREF. In Kyallo’s mind, he said, the partnership of AMREF’s health services and Sister School’s education funds is a powerful combination destined to benefit people in Uganda.

“The money that is raised through Sister Schools Club here in La Jolla has made a tremendous difference in the lives of children in Uganda,” Kyallo said.

La Jolla High’s Sister Schools Club has raised more than $25,000 for AMREF.