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‘Price of Stones’ author visits Edwards

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Local National Honor Society students have arranged for international author and founder of the nonprofit group The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, to appear Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards. Kaguri will discuss his book “The Price of Stones,” which outlines his journey of building a school for the children of his native village. This event is free and open to the public.

Sydney Idzikowski, a senior student and co-president of the National Honor Society and Emma Lathrop, a junior student and member of the National Honor Society, both at Battle Mountain High School, were inspired by Kaguri’s dedication to helping the most deprived orphans in Uganda. Their hope is to raise awareness of the plight of more than 2 million children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS in Uganda alone. Emma is named after her mom’s best friend who passed away from AIDS in the United States in 1994.

“I saw Mr. Kaguri speak in Avon last August and knew that this was the organization I really wanted to help,” Lathrop said. “I realized after listening to his story that these orphans and their community need people like me. You are never too young to help others. Sydney and I, along with our moms, are hoping more students will become involved with The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project by volunteering, donating, or even becoming pen pals with students.”

The entire Battle Mountain National Honor Society group is involved and promoting the event.

Kaguri is a native of Uganda. He has been actively involved with nonprofit organizations since 1992. In Uganda,he co-founded the human rights organization Human Rights Concerns, to help victims of human rights violations in Uganda and to educate the public about their rights.

Kaguri came to the United States in the 1990s as a visiting scholar studying Human Rights Advocacy at Columbia University. Since that time he has been involved extensively in international community efforts. He is now the executive director for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project that runs free schools, grandmother’s programs, healthcare and nutrition programs, as well as farm and library services in rural Uganda. Visit http://www.nyakaschool.org for more information.

This event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. Kaguri will sign his book “The Price of Stones.” Books, as well as baskets and necklaces made by the grandmothers of the Nyaka Village, will also be available for purchase.


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