The author of a heartwarming story about a school for Ugandan orphans visits Albion College on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Goodrich Chapel. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, author of A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka, speaks to the community as Albion College’s 2012-13 Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience lecturer.
Born and raised in a rural village, Kaguri was an undergraduate at Uganda’s Makerere University when he co-founded Human Rights Concerns to help victims and raise public awareness. In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, which provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition to two schools, it also operates a library, a farm and nutrition program, a medical clinic, a clean-water system, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.
In 2010, Kaguri resigned as interim senior director of development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University to focus full-time on The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Kaguri has been named a Heifer International Hero and recognized in Time magazine's "Power of One' series. He has also spoken to the United Nations about his work.