Growing up amid poverty and corruption in rural Uganda, Kaguri lost his brother to AIDS when the pandemic hit his community. To help his neighbors, he gathered funds and resources to build a school for children orphaned by the disease. Since 2002, the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School has provided free education, clean food and water, and a place for students to foster confidence and follow their dreams. But, as Kaguri writes, nothing worthwhile is easy. The school has encountered many obstacles, including community health concerns and bribe-demanding inspectors. His current goal is to find endowments to ensure secondary education for Nyaka graduates. The message is clear: we all have the capacity to make a difference, and no one should be discounted by circumstance. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin’s Three Cups of Tea will appreciate Kaguri’s autobiographical account of courage and perseverance. His original perspective provides an inside look at how AIDS affects families. Highly recommended.