Synopses & Reviews
An incredibly inspiring and thrilling book, this is the story of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, who grew up in rural southwestern Uganda, the son of an irascible small-time farmer and his loving wife. In spite of the family's poverty, Jackson succeeds and graduates from the national university with a calling to work in human rights that leads him to Columbia University. There he falls in love with and later marries an American scientist, Beronda.
When Jackson returns to Uganda with his bride, they are overwhelmed by the many villagers who line up to ask for help with food and school fees—and having lost two siblings to AIDS, Jackson is especially moved by the plight of the thousands of abandoned AIDS orphans in his local district. Impulsively, he and Beronda vow to open the first tuition-free school for orphans. A newlywed with little money, and facing opposition from his domineering father and townspeople, Jackson doggedly builds one schoolroom at a time with the help of many supporters in Uganda and the financial pledges of churches in America, and with the sustenance of his strong faith in Jesus Christ.
Weaving together stories from his youth in Uganda and the remarkable account of how one person with a dream can change lives—both his students' and his supporters'—this is an unforgettable book that demonstrates that one person can be a cup of cold water to a thirsty world. The book concludes with the graduation of the first class of Nyaka AIDS orphans, almost all of whom Jackson and his supporters are sponsoring as they continue their education and dream of becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, and even, perhaps, the future president of Uganda.
"The Price of Stones is an inspiring account of turning tragedy into hope for others." ---Jimmy Carter
"The memoir's simple dialogue and prose are made agreeable, and sometimes even stirring, by Allen's rich narration." ---AudioFile
The extraordinary story of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a man from rural Uganda who, after settling in America, returned to his hometown to build a tuition-free school for orphans.
About the Author
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri grew up in rural southwestern Uganda, graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, was a visiting scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and has a master's in public administration from Indiana University. In Uganda, Kaguri cofounded Human Rights Concerns to help victims of human rights violations. Later, he served as a programs assistant for People's Decade for Human Rights Education. Currently the associate director of development at Michigan State University, he is the founder and director of the Nyaka and Kutamba Schools for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Uganda. Susan Urbanek Linville earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Dayton. She has taught in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences at Indiana University and has served as assistant editor for the Journal of Comparative Psychology. Susan is currently a freelance writer. Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for Audiofile and Library Journal. He was named an AudioFile Best Voice in 2008 and has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards. His audiobooks include From Midnight to Dawn, Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney, Futureland, and Right as Rain.