Twesigye Jackson Kaguri is from Uganda in East Africa. He has been actively involved with nonprofit organizations since 1992. In Uganda, Kaguri co-founded a human rights organization called Human Rights Concerns to help victims of human rights violations in Uganda and to educate the public about their rights. Mr. Kaguri came to the U.S. in 1995 as a visiting scholar studying Human Rights Advocacy at Columbia University in New York. Since that time he has been involved extensively in international community efforts as a Programs Assistant for People's Decade for Human Rights Education (PDHRE International - New York) and as a volunteer for various nonprofit organizations. Mr. Kaguri most recently was an Associate Director of Development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.
Having lost two family members to HIV/AIDS and having watched countless others suffer from losses to this disease, Kaguri wanted to become involved in efforts to combat the disease and alleviate the plight of those affected by the disease, such as the millions of orphans suffering from homelessness, poverty, hunger, and the lack of educational opportunities.
Kaguri initiated Nyaka and Kutamba AIDS Orphans Schools in a rural village in Uganda. These community schools provide quality education, housing, and support to orphans who would otherwise not have access to formal and informal education. The effort involved not only Mr. Kaguri's participation in community services to help the orphans of Uganda, but has also involved fundraising efforts in the U.S. to heighten the awareness of the cultural issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic for active donors and supporters of this project. Kaguri is now full-time Executive Director of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.
Susan Urbanek Linville has a PhD in Biology and worked at The Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, Indiana University before becoming a full-time writer. She has published over a dozen short fiction pieces in magazines, anthologies and on-line venues in the U.S. and Canada. She has worked as a freelance writer for newspapers and has published articles in encyclopedias. She was editor of the Animal Behavior Bulletin and presently freelances scripts for Indiana University's NPR program, A Moment of Science. She met Twesigye Jackson Kaguri in 2004 and visited Nyaka before working with Kaguri on A School for My Village.