One Person

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri proves the naysayers and skeptics wrong with his story of determination and resolve to put an end to systemic deprivation, poverty, and hunger in rural Uganda. One person CAN make a difference.

A School for My Village is a harrowing true story about the impoverished children of Nyakagyezi, Uganda who desperately wish to go to school, get an education, and make a life for themselves after losing their parents to HIV/AIDS.

A School for My Village

Jackson was fortunate. His father, despite a difficult life, was able to afford to send him to school. He excelled in his classes, went to university in Uganda, and was given a scholarship to do his graduate studies in the US. After returning to Uganda in 2001, he saw the children of his village not only poor and unable to afford the costs of uniforms, books, and pencils required to attend school... but now they were orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic that swept throughout Uganda and Africa in a most horrific way.

He knew he had to do something drastic to break through the barriers preventing these now parent-less children from accessing the education necessary to give them hope of a better life.

Jackson built a school for the poorest of the poor in and beyond his village. He built a school where everything is free: tuition, uniforms, books, pencils, and even daily meals. With money he had saved for a down-payment on a new home, he instead invested in a holistic model to systematically break the cycle of poverty and deprivation that was stopping the children of Uganda from bigger and better lives.

Twisigye Jackson Kaguri's A School for My Village is the story of his experience. It is a story of hope. It is a story of one man overcoming the odds and helping thousands of others do the same. It is living proof that one person CAN make a difference.

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One Book

But what if this one person and his one book could do even more?

What if this one person's one book could spread awareness of the plight of the orphans in Uganda?

What if this one person's one book could contribute to the funding of the school Kaguri built?

What if this one book could inspire, motivate, and educate an entire community of the impact just a single person can have?

It can.

The "One Book" movement is a collection of community reading projects that spans from coast to coast in the US. While gaining popularity in recent years with libraries, municipalities, and engaged community groups, "One Book" initiatives bring people within a community together to read and discuss one book at a time.

If your community has an existing "One Book" program in place or if you're looking to start your "One Book" program in your community or school, A School for My Village is the book for you. Not only is this book an easy read filled to the brim with inspiration, hope, and enlightenment but it is also an excellent mechanism to help spread awareness within your community of global issues and the struggles faced in Africa and the developing world. A School for My Village demonstrates more than just the importance and necessity of basic education but also supports the efforts of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project to provide that very same education to the oprhans of southwest Uganda who need it most.

Empower your community to read, learn, and give through the "One Book" movement with A School for My Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri.

Contact us today to talk more about A School for My Village and how it can impact your community through its "One Book" initiative.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What have other people said about A School for my Village?
A: We've received an outpouring of humbling praise for the book. Below are some of the public reviews you can find on Amazon.

"Written in simple, straightforward style, the book is an affecting and accessible tribute to the difference one person can make in the world." -Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.)

"The Price of Stones [the book’s hardcover title] is an inspiring account of turning tragedy into hope for others." -President Jimmy Carter

"There's nothing abstract about this moving memoir ... Kaguri shows how much one person can do." -USA TODAY

If you've ever doubted your ability to impact the lives of others, read this story and it will change your mind and heart." -Ishmael Beah, author A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Q: How does the purchase of A School for my Village support the Nyaka School in Uganda?
A: 25% of each book sale is donated directly to the Blue Lupin Library built and funded by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Nyakagyezi, Uganda. The Blue Lupin Library is a wonderful community resource that church groups, other NGOs, and service organizations utilize in the village. Students who have graduated from Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools and moved on to secondary schools often flock to the library on their break to study, meet up with old classmates, and enjoy hanging out at the canteen. The Blue Lupin Library also has computers that allow students to learn Microsoft Excel and Word to better prepare them for university and the work force.

Q: If my community selects A School for my Village as a "One Book" read, will Mr. Kaguri be willing to visit to kick off the project?
A: Jackson loves speaking to groups and sharing his story. If you would like to talk more about arrangements for him to visit your kickoff event, please contact The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project directly.

Q: This is the first I’ve heard of the “One Book” movement. How do I find out more about starting one in my own community?
A: This article from The Library of Congress has some great information about the “One Book” movement and its history. For resources to help you get started, visit the American Library Association’s "One Book, One Community" page with links to great tools, guides, and examples of other programs.