A young man with no intensions but to survive, and fight for every second of his life, in order to pursue a life of happiness for himself and his family is my role model, Kamel Daifi, my father. His struggled at the age of fourteen, impacted my life. After reading the book, A School For My Village, written by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri with Susan Urbanek Linville, found my fathers past experiences similar to those orphans who struggled and accounted by Mr. Kaguri in A School For My Village.
My father was a child of twelve kids (five brothers and seven sisters). He was raised in a little house with all his brothers and sisters in a small city in Beirut, Lebanon. He was poor, not educated, schools closing due to civil wars, no jobs nor money. Mr. Kaguri and my father had similar goals to pursue happiness not upon themselves but others who are in desperate need of help. My father and Mr. Kaguri are similar due to the goal to help others who cannot support ones-self and the religious belief of having faith in god whether it’s a good consequence or bad in their lives.
Hearing my fathers life the day of graduation, gave me an understanding of how lucky I am to come to America and be provided with schools, healthcare, and to experience the term “land of opportunity”. (chapter 1, page 5-6), Mr. Kaguri says, “In 1989, they had no electricity, no water, minimal health care, and unaffordable education”. My father, having nothing to depend on for the future, gave him dedication to become an entrepreneur and help others. Mr. Kaguri and my father grew up poor. They’re main goal was to help others and want to represent himself as an example to the world.
My father left Lebanon at the age of twenty-two, to begin working for a restaurant owner in Saudi Arabia. He worked twenty-two hour shifts to provide money to support his family at home and our very own home of-coarse. My father’s family has many health problems, which they could not afford medical attention until hard dedication to help other, helped him achieve his goals. Mr. Kaguri had the same intensions as too helping the people in need who are derived from going to school and not getting the education needed and helped orphans with deadly diseases.
My father and Mr. Kaguri both are religious men, who fallow their religion and look upon life as god’s slaves who are put on earth to make a difference in life for themselves and others. God is the answer to their prayers. From sickness and death that they both came across in their life such as the little orphans with AIDS or my dads fathers death, and the sickness of his brothers and sisters, gave them an outlook at life as a prize rather then a game. Mr.
Kaguri says, “Come you blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was in prison and you came to me” (chapter24, page 187). This reference relates to my father because as a religious man, whenever feeling lonely or need someone to talk to, my father prays and dedicated his time to speak to god alone, hopingly having faith in god for all the rewards and opportunities god has given him. My father and Mr.
Kaguri contrast in different ways such as religion brought up on, the type of lifestyle grew upon, and the struggle to help others. Growing up on his family’s small farm, Kaguri worked many hours each day for his taskmaster father, though he was lucky his parents were able to send him to school. Kaguri eventually became a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Returning to his home years later, he was overwhelmed by the plight of AIDS orphans and vowed to build them a tuition-free school. A School for My Village of the youth and his inspiring account of building the school and changing the lives of many children.
When Nicolas tried to speak to his grandmother in Rukiga, Twesigye thought of Ecclesiastes: “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to reap; a time to kill and a time to heal. ” My father didn’t have the opportunity to go to school but was motivated to be successful and help others who are in need. My father today supports his whole family till this day with money, medicine, health care, food, and shelter that he has built for their comfort.
My father was a small business man who worked at restaurants with day and night shifts to save money and one day open up a restaurant business which profits enough money to help keep his family survive through the drought overseas and to make my sisters and I succeed in school and not have us struggle through out our lives. He came in need of money to giving money. In the introduction, it clearly states at the last paragraph, “as I was welcomes, I welcome you, dear reader, to experience the adventure and the heartwarming story of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s struggle to save a generation of children. Helping others in need can reflect a great impact on your life. Even if not for wealth but for curiosity and generosity which are good deeds in every Holy Books. To struggle through life and not having anyone to depend on or help you through out the steps needed to be successful, can lead to many problems that we with our own eyes cant imagine because America has spoiled us. We are dependent on school, jobs, law enforcements, government and freedom, which most countries don’t have.
To be provided with the care and support America has to offer us, it is a great deal to never take life for granted and always give a hand to help others who are in need of support or need a direction to fallow in. As Mr. Kaguri and my father believe, every human body on this earth, regardless of the race, religion, skills, or whom it may concern, the thrive to help, is the greatest feeling of accomplishment to receive. A School For My Village and my fathers life experience are contrasted in many ways but they both have the same willingness to make a difference in the world and help change the ways that will affect them.