Ssenyonga John Africa is the founder and director of Highway Secondary School in Kiganda Uganda.
Ssenyonga was born 1980 to the late Ssenyonga Peter who died in 1993 when he was in primary 4. He grew up at his grand mother’s and after completing primary seven moved to the capital city of Uganda (Kampala) to start his secondary education. His move to Kampala was for two reasons: 1. to look for work so that he could earn his school fees and 2. his family did not have the money to pay for secondary education.
He joined a school which taught half days so that he could find work that would pay for the school fees. Each day, after school, he would sell yellow bananas on the streets of Kampala to earn money.
When he was in Senior 3, he had the idea of starting a school to help the needy so that they would not suffer the way he was suffering. In 2000 he told a few friends and relatives about his vision and all agreed that education was not enough to help the community so all agreed to go beyond education so that we would be able to touch many peoples lives by improving their socio-economic capacities. We decided to start an NGO to help our people. In the meeting John was elected the president of the organization.
John holds a B.A Development studies
“When I help others I don’t feel it is a loss because I believe that if I help one person, am really impacting many people. The help overflows into the lives of others that that person impacts. it even impacts me because when I help others I receive more than I give! The respect I get is always greater than what I give.”