The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in the African nation of Uganda was in the spotlight Wednesday (January 30th) during a joint meeting of the White Pigeon Rotary Club and the White Pigeon Interact Club, the local manifestation of Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18.
Jackson Kaguri, founder and executive director of the project, was the featured speaker for a presentation in the White Pigeon High School library.
Kaguri was born and raised in Uganda in the small village of Nyakagyezi. In 2001, he founded the project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. Since launching the project, Kaguri has also become an author. In his book, A School for My Village, he shares how he came to building the first school and the struggles he faced during the first few years.
During his presentation, Kaguri talked about his native country and shared highlights of the project and its work to better the lives of people in Uganda. He mentioned ‘social media’ and said, “Young people, you have the power to spread the word about issues you are concerned about.” And he added, “You all have the power to make a difference in other people’s lives – and don’t you let anybody tell you the contrary.” (Jackson Kaguri audio clip – :31)
Kaguri was named a ‘2012 CNN Hero’ and currently lives in East Lansing, Michigan. To learn more about him and his work, click on the following link to read his biography: Jackson Kaguri Biography. Further information is available on the project website at www.nyakaschool.org.
To access a report on the project from CNN, click here.
Kaguri was also slated to speak Wednesday evening at the White Pigeon Township Library.