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The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village

by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

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This story of how one Jackson Kaguri decided to return home to build a school in his village for AIDS orphans is well written and inspiring. I have a feeling that parts of the narrative have been "tweaked" a bit to make the progression more logical than perhaps real life could ever be, but, still, it shows how one person can make a difference with enough motivation and the appropriate resources and education. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s The Price of Stones is an account of his building a school for AIDS/HIV orphans in rural Uganda. The project is admirable, the writing not as much so. Very little thought seemed to go into word choice or literary technique. Events were listed in the order in which they occurred (with some childhood flashbacks scattered about), and all were delivered with the same tone throughout. The book is liberally sprinkled with praise for Jesus Christ, and there are even a few times when Kaguri tells of the generosity of donors, attributing it to the help of God and barely acknowledging the compassion of his fellow humans. The cover on the book is lovely: smiling children in the vivid purple and white uniforms of the school. The center of the book has photographs of the people in the story, a map is at the front and a helpful glossary of Rukiga words at the back. There is also a list of ways that readers can contribute to the cause. Kaguri’s undertaking is truly worthwhile and heartwarming, his accomplishments enormous. I just would have preferred to read about them in a magazine article. ( )
  JGoto | Oct 17, 2010 |
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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 defied many naysayers-and his own nagging doubts-and proved that, with a dream and incredible determination, he could change many lives.

Growing up in rural Uganda, Kaguri overcame poverty to earn a degree from the national university and worked as a human rights advocate, eventually making his way to pursue studies at Columbia University. When he returned to his village in Uganda with his wife, they were overwhelmed by the plight of his village's many AIDS orphans and vowed to open the first tuition-free school in the district for these children. Faced with many daunting obstacles, including little money, skepticism among friends in both the U.S. and Uganda, corrupt school inspectors, and a lack of supplies, he doggedly built one classroom after another until they had an accredited primary school filled with students dreaming of becoming the future doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, and even presidents of Uganda.

The Price of Stones is the stirring story behind the founding of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School. Weaving together tales from his youth with the enormously inspiring account of the remarkable challenges and triumphs of the school, Kaguri shows how someone with a modest idea is capable of achieving monumental results. His story will captivate all readers of Three Cups of Tea and Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains.

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A founder of the Nyaka and Kutamba AIDS Orphans Schools describes how he returned to his native Uganda after college and was compelled by the dire circumstances of his village's AIDS orphans to make tuition-free education available.

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