jok Ayella Joel is a grateful recipient of the St. Kizito Foundation and one of the Foundation’s promising graduates.
Joel was the first born in a family of five children. His father was a soldier who worked in the Kireka Army Barracks in the Kampala district. The rest of the family resided in the district of Gulu. In the mid-nineties, Joel’s mother and siblings joined his dad in Kireka. It was here Joel started school. Tragedy struck in 1998 when Joel’s father dies changing the family’s circumstances.
Joel’s mother and the family relocated to an area called “Acholi Quarters” where most of the population was from northern Uganda due to war in the north part of the country. Joel’s mother took a job in a stone quarry with Joel joining her whenever he was not in school. Joel was sent to St. Paul Primary school - his mother had talked to the school administration at St. Paul and was able to arrange for the school fees to be paid in installments. Eventually, Joel was able to finish Primary School.