Half way around the world in foothills of western Uganda,
hundreds of AIDS orphans are getting free education because of the inspiration
of one man, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. In 2001 he used his own money to build a
two room school. That bloomed into Nyaka
School Project which has since created a second primary school, library,
clinic, gravity feed water system, school farm, and a granny housing and
Twesigye Jackson and Susan co-wrote his memoir, A School for My Village, published by Viking-Penguin
"An inspiring account of turning tragedy into hope for
others" –President Jimmy Carter.
Since then, Twesigye Jackson has spoken at the United Nations and TED Conferences,
churches, schools and universities. Last year he was chosen CNN Hero. Susan is
a freelance writer who has published both fiction and non-fiction.
Now, we want to create a children's book to accompany the
memoir. This will be a fictional tale about an AIDS orphan named Sitwe Joseph.
Like Twesigye Jackson, Sitwe desperately wants to go to school, but his ailing
grandmother can't afford to send him. She doesn't even have the money to buy
him a pencil. Sitwe is not dissuaded. His quest brings him to Nyaka AIDS
Orphans School in a neighboring village where he must apply for admission with nearly
one hundred other students. Is he one of the thirty students accepted? You'll
have to help us publish the book to find out.
In an effort to promote the arts in Uganda, we are hiring a
very talented Ugandan artist for our book. Andrew Jackson Obol is a freelance
illustrator who studied at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and
Technology, Makerere University. He resides in Kampala, Uganda.
Money raised will be used to pay for writing & editing, artwork, set-up fees, and initial printing costs. All proceeds from the sale of these books will go to Nyaka and Kutumba primary schools.
Risks and challenges
Susan has self-published books before and is aware of the problems that can arise during the process. None of those problems are insurmountable. This is the first time she will be collaborating with an artist from Uganda. Communication via internet should allow easy transfer of jpgs from the artist, but there could be problems at that point. There may also be delays with the art. Preventing over-long delays will be dealt with in the contract. If need be, a new artist can be hired.