The power of one

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How many people act in some way, as we do, to raise awareness of the plight of so many millions of suffering children, particularly orphans in the world today.

You might be greatly buoyed by the depth and breadth of the organisations, individuals and activities involved, so many of whom are tackling this immense world social issue with great energy.

These stories can inspire us all with ideas that will enable us to raise awareness of the children’s plight and keep on making a difference.

The power of one

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s is a Ugandan who gave away his American Dream to return to his village Nyakagyezi. At the urgent request of his grandmothers to do something to help, he and his American born wife, diverted the down payment they were to have made on their house into building a free school for the orphans of his village.

Years later the Huffington Post returned to Kaguri’s Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. In addition to two schools, it also operates a library, farm and nutrition program, medical clinic, clean water system, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.

Since founding the project, Kaguri has also become an author. In “A School for My Village” he shares how he came to build the first school and the struggles he faced during the first few years.

The report says that in 2010, he resigned as Interim Senior Director of Development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University to focus full-time on project.

Kaguri has been named a Heifer International Hero, recognized in Time Magazine’s ‘Power of One’ Series, and spoken to the UN about his work. When not visiting the schools in Uganda or working at his office in Okemos, MI, Kaguri travels the country to speak with students and supporters about the organization.

This kind of story carries with it the message of great hope. As individuals we can empower ourselves to make a difference.

Now some of us will engage in a new conversation about what we can do. Another stone in another pond – and in time the ripples will continue to change the way we think and how we act to help these children.