The problem by most lights is overwhelming at least 5,000 children live onthe streets of Ugandas capital city of Kampala Some forget the names oftheir villages The youngest may not know the names of their parents ButGladys Kalibbalapart journalist, part detective, part GoodSamaritandoes not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangeroussituations to aid a child Author of a newspaper column called Lost andAbandoned, she is a resource that police and others turn to when they stumble across a stranded kid with a hidden history Jessica Yu delivers an acutely observed story of this hardnosed andwarmhearted woman, the children she helps, and the twists of fate theyexperience together The subplot of Gladyss gardenher precarious dreamof providing a home and livelihood for her vulnerablechargesadds fascinating depth.Garden of the Lost and Abandonedchronicles one womans altruism, both ordinary andextraordinary, in a way that is impossible to forget, and impossible not to take to heart....
|Title||:||Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves|
|Publisher||:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1st edition November 7, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||896 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves Reviews
“‘Does it give you very much pain?’ The woman’s fingers moved over the stretch of his cheek, feeling the drumhead tightness of his skin. It was the first time anyone had touched his face in over ten years.” Each lost child’s journey unfolds like a mystery with Gladys, a reporter by trade, tracking down information and uncovering difficult circumstances. Gladys is a wonder with persistence, practicality, and kindness. There are heart-breaking situations, but also joy when Gladys is able to connect children to family and shelter. I was completely absorbed with finely detailed descriptions and conversations -- the book gives such a vivid portrait of Gladys and her journeys. There are great passages describing Gladys and her driver Mike’s banter and humor in their quests and long drives through the villages outside of Kampala. Beautifully written, a inspiring and transporting read.
A beautifully written, thought-provoking look at an extraordinary person. Gladys is a journalist in Kampala, Uganda, who writes a column for the local paper identifying children who are lost or abandoned, in the hope that someone will claim them and either bring them back home or give them a new home. But Gladys is more than a reporter - she becomes deeply involved in the lives of those she tries to help, seeking out parents and finding homes for those whose parents do not come forward. There are failures, but there are successes as well, and the stories of the children profiled by Jessica Yu in this fine book come alive, delight, and haunt the reader long after the book is finished.
This was just an ok book.
Gladys Kalibbala is an amazing Ugandan woman. When she heard that there was an opening in a local newspaper, she applied despite the lack of an academic training that her younger competitors had. Instead she pointed out her insatiable curiosity and ability to get people to confide in her. Her new boss was also an older woman who pointed out that degrees do not make a reporter and hired her.
Some people are ordinary. Some more than ordinary. And some people are extraordinary. This is one of those who's efforts put her in the extraordinary category. Five thousand young children live on the streets of Kampala, Uganda. The book Garden of the Lost and Abandoned profiles Gladys Kalibbala who is part journalist, part detective, part good samaritan as she puts together pieces, rallies resources and tries to save as many as she can. Gladys was a middle aged woman who had not completed school. She had a job at a newspaper where she struggled to earn money to support two teens. She got the job at the newspaper on her curiosity about people. After reporting on several of these lost and abandoned children, the editor then asked her if she could make a weekly column out of these stories afraid that there wouldn't be enough material. Sadly Gladys knew that there would always be material as the lost and abandoned kids were too prolific due to poverty, AIDS and internal crime and terrorism.