T. Jackson Kaguri
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  • "There's nothing abstract about this moving memoir ... Kaguri shows how much one person can do."
    -USA Today

  • "Twesigye Jackson Kaguri is a force to be reckoned with. He is a social entrepreneur who had a vision and made it a reality."
    -Maya Ajmera, Founder and President, The Global Fund for Children

T. Jackson Kaguri

Born and raised in Uganda, T. Jackson Kaguri is a human rights activist and expert on navigating some of the most challenging obstacles to providing education. By taking a holistic approach to meeting the needs of multiple generations in his community, Jackson has been able to affect major change in his native country from the inside out. Jackson has been named a Heifer International Hero, recognized in TIME Magazine's 'Power of One' Series, and spoken to the United Nations about his work. In 2012, he was named a CNN Hero and recognized internationally for his innovative work in human rights.

Jackson has witnessed the major opportunity in community development as a fundamental problem-solving method. This method begins with an individual choice—getting an education in order to help those in one's own community who don't have resources to help themselves. In 2001, Jackson founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in Nyakagyezi, Uganda—his hometown. The organization provides free education to orphans in rural Uganda who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The goal of NAOP is to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.

In addition to educating children, NAOP also specifically targets grandmothers because they're often the only ones left to raise orphans who lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Oftentimes, Ugandan grandmothers raise more than a dozen children at a time without social security, healthcare, or basic housing. To help, NAOP serves more than 6,500 grandmothers through nearly 100 support groups. The organization teaches the grandmothers about parenting, grief management, gardening, nursing, and business development.

Jackson's book, A School for My Village (Penguin), tells the story of his journey and determination to make a difference in the world—starting right in his hometown.

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