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Ending Wars on Uganda's Children [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Gibby
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Book Description

Over the past ten years, Barbara Gibby and a small group of volunteers have worked to improve the lives of Uganda's children by building wells and supporting schools. In this engaging, informative, and inspirational book, Gibby weaves together firsthand stories of Uganda's violent history, uncertain present, vibrant culture and dedicated community leaders. At the same time, shetraces the process of becoming involved in such a project and persevering despite numerous setbacks. The book demonstrates that a small grassroots organization can make a difference in the world. By turns painful and exhilarating, always honest and deeply affecting, Gibby's book gives readers a chance to hear and learn from a variety of Ugandan voices. It will provide new insights for specialist readers as well as those learning about Uganda for the first time.

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  • File Size: 3515 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barbara Gibby; 1 edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXX7T0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book August 7, 2012
This is a vivid, at times stunning book; I learned so much about Uganda from reading it. The author writes very candidly about her experiences in Africa (both good and bad), and her experiences working with an NGO (both good and bad). She also recounts stories told to her by others, setting their perspectives alongside her own. She takes the reader with her every step of the way: we hear, smell, taste, listen and feel with her. I gained a new understanding of what it is like in Uganda today, as the people try to re-build their communities in the wake of the horrors committed by Joseph Kony. Gibby provides a personal, firsthand perspective that you don't get from the news or other sources. She succeeds in conveying the texture of everyday life, together with the constant, unpredictable ups and downs of humanitarian projects (here, digging wells so that schoolchildren have access to clean water). I came away with a new sense of how possible, yet difficult, it is for ordinary people to help the less fortunate. The many photographs included in the book effectively supplement the reading experience. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in Africa or in the process of working for change. It would be an excellent choice for book group discussions: I kept wanting to talk about it after reading it. It is so important for Americans to know more about the situation in Uganda, and in Africa generally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eyes on Uganda today November 21, 2012
Like many in the West, I knew little about Uganda. Dr Gibby has provided a detailed, first-hand account of her experiences there over the last decade. She, along with a small group of dedicated others, has worked to provide clean water for villages with numerous orphans--orphans resulting from the horrors of tribal warfare over the years. Along with clean water, Dr Gibby and friends have brought hope and opportunity to a struggling population. The younger generation will have to reclaim its country and make life better for all. Clean water, better health and education are small but essential first steps to the future. This is an engaging read, laced with both joy and tragedy, and I guarantee you will learn more about Uganda than you ever could imagine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ending War on Uganda's Children August 11, 2013
By barbpg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Written by Mark A. Smith of Beaverton, Oregon: "This is a fascinating read and quite the story. I was so absorbed. I stayed up late last night finishing the second half of the book. You should be proud to have seen it through. I can appreciate how much work that must have been to write such a large and thorough accounting of events. Did you take notes or do just have a remarkable memory?"

"After reading some of the material, I have a new appreciation for just how complex the situation in Central Africa has become. Sounds like things are on a positive track long term, but the odd social mixture of tribalism and modernism is apparent from your writings. It is so easy for Western minds to forget how difficult it is for a culture that has existed for so long to change it even when the benefits are obvious to everyone. I was aware of the AiDS problems in Africa but your book gave me a whole new perspective on just how bad and how it effects individual lives in such a profound way. The saddest are the innocent children or spouses who end up contracting it through no fault of their own. It reminds me of the European black plague where everyone living knows someone who has AIDS or has died from it."

"Again, thanks for taking the time to write and share. I appreciate and understand even more now why you and Joy put so much energy into your effort in Uganda". Written and submitted to author by: Mark Smith
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