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Human Rights Advocate Twesigye J. Kaguri

Shana Ritter interviews Twesigye J. Kaguri, founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, which provides free education to children who have lost parents to AIDS.

Twesigye J. Kaguri in suit and tie, semi-smiling toward the camera

Photo: Eric Rudd

Twesigye J. Kaguri

[My father] took me home that day and said, ‘Jackson, you are too young to go to school, but since you keep insisting . . . tomorrow I will send you on one condition: If you ever fail an exam, you will never go back.’ Next morning he sold a goat and bought me a uniform, pens and books and he sent me to school. . . . And since that day, I’ve never failed an exam in my entire life.  

Twesigye J. Kaguri immigrated to the United States as a visiting scholar studying human rights advocacy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

He has been involved in international community efforts as a human rights advocate, fundraiser, and inspirational speaker.

Kaguri has been recognized in Time magazine’s Power of One Series, and spoken to the UN about his work.

He is the co-author of The Price of Stones, Building a School for My Village.

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