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A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka Paperback – April 26, 2011
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Originally published as The Price of Stones, the latest edition of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri and Susan Urbanek Linville's book has been titled A School for My Village.
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I read this book in two day's time and have gone on to loan it to a friend. This is the type of book that you will want to share with others.
The book brings home the scale of the devastation wrought by the AIDS pandemic in Africa. It shows the challenges involved in obtaining basic necessities, such as pure water and medical care, in a remote third-world community. Larger social issues aside, the book paints a fascinating picture of life in Uganda and African-style family dynamics.
The Kaguris and their colleagues could see what needed to be done for the many AIDS orphans in their community. The remarkable thing is that they went ahead and did it, undeterred by the difficulty of building a school and sustaining it over the long term. The world would be a much better place if everyone showed this kind of commitment to larger social needs.
The founding of the Nyaka school was a magnificent achievement. I find the stories of the students to be very inspiring as well. With all they have had to endure, these children really seem to value their opportunity to learn. This book should be required reading for every U.S. student who takes his education for granted!
His father was a hard, but fairly prosperous man in their poor village and while he sent his children to school, his view of education was not nearly as all encompassing as his son's. From soccer games to a room of his own to leaving home for university, and then America, Kaguri used a mix of subterfuge, evasion and outright defiance to get around the obstacle of his father.
But it was AIDs and his older brother Frank who set him on the path that became his passion and life's work. Frank had gone to the city and came home every Christmas bearing gifts and largesse. "You do what you can, little brother," he told Kaguri, "God knows we can't provide for everyone."
Kaguri was aware of the disease called Slim that claimed so many in his country while he was growing up, but as he prepared to depart for America it had yet touched no one in his family. Frank was the first to die. Then his older sister. Then her baby.
When Kaguri brought his American wife to his home village, he felt a helpless despair at the impoverished orphans everywhere, most in the care of grandparents too old for the job, others homeless. He knew, as he had always known, that the only way out was education.
The idea of a free school passed through his mind, but it was his wife who helped him believe it was doable.Read more ›
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I really got to know Jackson on a personal level through this book. The book goes deep into his personal struggles, his childhood, his turbulent and sometimes heartbreaking... Read morePublished 2 months ago by shin.fujiyama
It was not well written. I very much appreciate the work on the author but to sell the book better needed a copywriter.Published 8 months ago by snow bunny
I was walking past a garage sale and a man said to me "You MUST read this book!" and actually gave it to me for free. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashley Marie
Kaguri's humble but highly effective approach to tackle a real problem for Uganda & other African countries is incredibly inspiring!Published 21 months ago by Teri
I teach an Academic Literacy class at a Community College. We are using Kaguri's book this semester as the text from which students will write essays on how the Power of One can... Read morePublished 22 months ago by A simon
I Love this story. My wife and I had read it some time ago. This book is a gift for a friend who also spent some time in Uganda working with orphans. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by HWN