P3: Twesigye Jackson Kaguri is one of the few who came back to Uganda after getting a college education because of his faith and because of he had role models, “such as Professor Mondo Kagonyera, a local hero who never forgot his community, and Jackson’s brother, Frank, a generous spirit who came back year after year to share his wealth with his home village.”
P3: susan urbanek linville “came back inspired with Jackson’s hope for a better future for these children and for us all.”
P6: Frank’s boss gives him a car every Christmas, and Frank loads it up with food to help out other villages.
P6: Frank was trained as a military intelligence officer in Cuba
P6-7: A man asks Frank for help paying for his children to go to school, and Frank offers to pay for all 5 children. Kaguri is amazed and tries to be like his brother as Food Prefect.
P8: Frank spends the whole day trying to help people as much as he can
P10: Taata seems to be head of house. Grandmother had Kaguri’s life planned out by age 12.
P13: Ugandans turn to Shamans before education when it comes to HIV/AIDS; “Education could save us, but if the government did not recognize that fact soon, more were doomed to die.”
P14: in 1958 and in 1961, protested imperialism. Kabaka Mutesa—appointed president. Apollo Milton Obote—elected prime minister. Obote exiled Mutesa, but was overthrown in ’71. Eight years of tyranny followed (Amin).
P15: “I was born the year before Amin took power, and as a child, learned to associate government soldiers with terror and cruelty.”
P15: Lieutenant General Yoweri Kaguta (current president), used guerilla warfare and overthrew Amin. He was still a militaristic ruler, but a lot nicer, and professionalized the military.
P15: Museveni lost most of his soldiers to HIV/AIDS, which lead to addressing the problem—although progress was slow.
P 19: escaping poverty put Kaguri at a celebrity status and made him a positive role model for many kids
P19-20: Taata took in orphans when their parents died and made them go to school.
P21: “Maama would never ask anything of me, while Taata was always making lists of things he wanted.”
P22: It is a custom for Ugandan girls to cast their eyes downward when speaking to their elders.
P25: Frank has HIV/AIDS.
P28: “The local name for Jinja is Ejjinja, which means ‘large stone’ in Luganda. The name refers to a stone formation overlooking the Nile from the city side of the river. Frank was like that stone to me. If anything happened to him, it would be devastating.”
P30: Edith is working hard, though I don’t know if she is considered head of the house or “leader” with Frank bedridden with slim.
P30-31: Frank had spend time in a maximum security prison in Uganda as well as traveled to Cuba.
P31: “He [Frank] confided personal feelings about his marriage, how he feared rather than respected our father, and his undying love four Maama.”
P31: Uncles take care of their sibling’s children upon their death. “The problem by this time was that even uncles were dying from slim.”
P32: “Frank is dead, I told myself, hardly believing it. All those weeks to prepare for his passing had not prepared me. My brother has died in my arms.”
P34: Taata drove Maama to leave and live with her brother because of his abusive language.
P37: The women and men both come to help Twesi when he hurts his leg. Taata makes the decision to carry him elsewhere.
P39: Young nurse returns with an older nurse, who takes a look at Twesi and gets him to a bed.
P39: Nurse has authority to quiet Taata.
P42: “Why had God taken Frank? He was a kind and generous man who would be missed by more than his family. There were many people in the village who depended on his annual generosity. Who would help them now?”
P44-45: Taata insists that Twesi marry Kyakwera, a local girl, and says that Twesi will disgrace the family if he doesn’t.
P46: Taata blatantly forbids Twesi to return to America. In the end, however, he glares and says no more.
P49: Kaguri and his wife help the line of people, just as Frank had done so many times before.
No notes on Leadership
P62-63: Taata’s disapproval and cynicism causes Kaguri to doubt not only his ability, but the school itself.
P72: “I could barely contain my urge to argue, but it would be fruitless. Taata always had the last word.”
P79: Meets with government officials about the school—sub-county chief and council of chiefs. Education officials in Kanungu. NGOs Coordination Board.
P79: Taata is foreman, watching over construction.
P82: Headmistress is a woman, Freda Byaburakirya
P 83: “It would be hardest for Freda. I knew from personal experience that she would be not only headmistress, but a second mother to our orphans.”
P83: “It was Freda’s encouragement that gave me the strength to prove Taata wrong. I was not stupid. He would see.” (Fred kept watch over him when his parents split up).
P84: “No wonder I pushed myself to study and do well in school. With a maama who loved me, a mukaaka who saved me from death’s door, and a teacher who believed I could move mountains, how could I not do my best?”
P84: Kaguri invited the Honorable [government] Minister Professor Mondo Kagonyera from Kampala to the opening ceremony.
P84: Mondo lived through Amin’s tyranny. Public officials, such as the archbishop, chief justice, and vice chancellor of Makerere University had been murdered.
P85: Civil war in 1986—overthrow of the Uganda National Liberation Army. Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement took its place.
P86: Mondo spent time in America, resulting in his support of education and crusade to end corruption.
P88: President Bush was making an AIDS related trip to Africa.
P97: Dennis Mwebaze is a passionate Kanungu District water engineer, who wants to build a gravity-powered water system for the village
P99: Agaba Innocent teaches Primary 2 and is the choir director. Has taught since the school began.
P102: Mukasa Kelesi volunteers as the soccer coach.
P107: The Ugandan government decided to make education free and available, but the reality was a far cry from the idea. “American politicians would have derided the plan as an unfunded mandate if it had been instituted in the United States, because no mechanism existed to provide additional funding to implement the program. In Uganda we called it politics as usual.”
P118: two professors visited with Dr. Deborah Delmer of the Rockefeller Foundation and were interested in the water system, so fundraised for it.
P119: Even though his personal finances suffered, Kaguri traveled around the nation giving speeches on the school, and getting money for it.
P127-8: Milton Obote was a dictator who was overthrown in 1985. He died, and his family wanted to bring his body back to Uganda for burial. The country is split on its decision.
P131-2: Police brutality is a common thing, as well as corruption.
P 135: Christine, a school board member, leads the group in prayer before they eat.
P135-6: Habib Museka chaired the local management committee since Nyaka was founded. Described as “indispensable.”
P 142: The head teacher borrowed textbook from Brijati (one of Kaguri’s wards) and never returned it. This shouldn’t have surprised Kaguri but it did.
P 142: “Disaster loomed in her future, but I could only offer help, not force her to take it.” (speaking of Sharon a ward of his who does not want to continue her education.)
P 148: “If a boy could be revived from nearly drowning Sharon could be saved as well. I would not give up on her just yet.”
P 149: “Envious of the dog’s idle approach to life, I wished I could have slept just a little longer but my day was already filled with appointments. Such was the life of a ‘director.’”
P 153: Dennis Mwebaze suggests getting government funding for the water system, claiming that every village in the district should have a similar system. Kaguri says they shouldn’t wait for the government, seeing as the Kanungu District is last on the list when it comes to upgrading living standards. “there were no paved roads or electricity. How could we expect clean water?”
P 153: Mr. Namara wants to build a similar system in a different part of the country. They take him on a tour of the water system.
P 157: The people had created the Nyaka Water Committee to sustain the system by collecting small fees.
P161-2: Kaguri meets with his old headmaster before giving a presentation at the Kambuga Secondary school.
P164: Kaguri gives blunt information that could save lives at the assembly sponsored by the school’s anti-AIDS club.
P 165: “Perhaps I was becoming a politician after all. Lord, help me.”
P 166: Kaguri meets with the headmaster of the Kinkizi school, where possibly some of the graduating class from Nyaka may go. He is very diligent: “I had not come to hear compliments. I changed the subject.”
P 167-8: “To be successful in life, these students would not only have to work hard but also possess the courage and self-confidence to push forward. Strong role models were useful.” (Talking about himself being introduced to students at Kinkizi.)
P 168: “I looked away. Like the headmaster at Kambuga School, this one expected me to have money at my disposal.”
P 169-170: Kaguri hosts an essay contest to bring the AIDS problem out into the open.
P172: “I had learned over the years that in order to be taken seriously one must avoid emotional thinking. Emotional thinking engages passions, it is true, but clearheaded, rational thought solves problems. Consequently I am a guarded person in public and seldom allow my emotions to show. My belief is that any problem can be solved with patience and clear thinking.”—this coming after Christine tells him the school will be closed down. He remains calm.
P 173: “And I could not ask donors to give money toward a cause that supported corruption.”
P 173: Kaguri will meet with Josephine Kasya (district chairperson—like a governor) and Peter Mugisha (district house speaker/owner of Kanungu Inn) about the inspectors refusing to see Nyaka without a bribe.
P 173: “Nothing worthwhile is easy.”
P 174: “Everything depended on this, on me.”
P 176: Kaguri skips his meetings with the teachers so he can visit Scovia.
P 177: Dr. Mubangizi is the medical superintendent—Kaguri met him when Nyaka donated medical equipment to the hospital.
P 181: “…Idi Amin’s militia was on the hunt for members of other faiths.” Made it so Friday was the day of rest, and Saturday would be a school and work day—preventing Seventh-day Adventist services on Saturdays.
P 182: Kaguri’s shwenkuru was a leader in secret worship, and imprisoned multiple times for it. In the end he triumphed—Amin was forced from power in 1979
P 185: The religious community turned blind eyes to the epidemic, but the secular world did not. Goes on a list of who has helped, ending with the fact that Bono is doing more for HIV/AIDS “crisis than any single person in the world.” This is an aside during his sermon he gave at his church.
P 187: “It was indeed, but I could not let a mere ocean slow my efforts.”
P 189: Irene, one of the class leaders, is chosen as the spokesperson when meeting with Kaguri, asking him if all can go to the Independence Day celebration. She would have gone either way, as she is a part of the choir.
P 190: Milton is harsh in disciplining one of the students who is tardy, even though the student had to walk miles to get to school. Kaguri asks if he has to be so unforgiving.
P 191: “Uganda’s freedom from Britain had not meant freedom from poverty or politics.”
P 191: “While Western leaders sat in air-conditioned offices ignoring the African AIDS epidemic, earmarking AIDS funds to comply with their political agendas, or setting up vacation conferences, small groups of supporters from around the world were making a difference at the community level here in Nyakagyezi and in other places.”
P 193: Hamlet Mbabazi founded the Child to Family Community Development Organization and is a member of parliament and the guest of honor at the celebration. Kaguri has talked with him several times.
P 197-203: Kaguri meets with Josephine, and she is on board. She will help him with the inspectors.
P 201: Elias Byamungu, chief administrative officer, is impressed with the water system and wants Kaguri’s help implementing and funding it elsewhere.
P 204: Kaguri stops himself from crying over Scovia: “I will not dwell on tragedy.”
P 207: “I assumed they were hoping for a ride, but wanted them to be assertive. If they desired something, they should ask for it.”
P 209: “There is no magic formula for success, I thought. There is only hard work, determination, and a passion for life. As long as our students possessed excitement for the future, the battle was won.”
P 215: Kaguri had drafted a policy for a permanent scholarship fund—for students to go on after graduation—but had yet to contact anyone about it.
P 222: “Fund-raisers were essential for Nyaka School’s existence.” Drops names of who are involved.
P 226: At the banquet, Kaguri says, “We are the ones with a choice… We can ignore the problem and let these children become victims of neglect and abuse, or we can save them, one child at a time. We are the ones who must rescue our community. We are the ones who have the opportunity to save these children. God has given us this chance and we must make the most of it.”
P 234: Taata hired a truck to bring Scovia’s body home. Faida contacted the burial association to pay for the coffin and the white burial cloth. They also had a tailor make a new uniform for her.
P 243: Two grandmothers meet with Stephen Lewis in Canada.