The Price of Stones by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
Building a School for My Village

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The extraordinary story of one man's gift to orphaned children in need of hope

Can one person really make a difference in the world? Twesigye Jackson Kaguri overcame tremendous odds as he followed his dream to build a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda. This is his unforgettable story.

Growing up on his family's small farm, Kaguri worked many hours each day for his taskmaster father, though he was lucky his parents were able to send him to school. Kaguri eventually became a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Returning to his home years later, he was overwhelmed by the plight of AIDS orphans and vowed to build them a tuition-free school. A School for My Village weaves together tales from Kaguri's youth and his inspiring account of building the school and changing the lives of many children.

Jackson Kaguri was recently named a 2012 CNN Hero.

 

About Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

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Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was raised in Uganda, graduated from Makerere University, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. He is a director of development at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and the founder and director of the Nyaka and Kutamba AIDS Orphans Schools in Uganda. Susan Urbanek Linville, a biologist and writer, lives in Pennsylvania.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Penguin Books. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Poignant moments include interviews between Kaguri, the school director and young students overwhelmed at the chance to be freed of the drudgery of daily chores and attend school, and heartbreaking scenes in which students die of AIDS.

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Examiner

"It is well-known that HIV & AIDS are most prevalent in Africa, specifically sub-Saharan Africa, but Uganda has the highest percentage of AIDS orphans in the world.

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Christian Science Monitor

If you’re reading this review, $4 lattes or $15 lunches are probably not shock-inducing numbers.

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Deseret News

Defying his father's wishes that he remain in Uganda and marry, Kaguri left for the United States to continue his education.

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BellaOnline

I was browsing the new books display at my library not long ago and came across one of those gems you rarely find on purpose: Twesigye Jackson Kaguri's story, The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village.

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