Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

The problem by most lights is overwhelming: at least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala—part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan—does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a ch...

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Title:Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves
Author:Jessica Yu
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  • Amy Morgan

    I am giving this book 4 stars mainly because of the story itself. I am not sure if this was translated but the writing for me was not superb so perhaps if it was translated it just did not come over as well as it should have. Having said that, the story of Gladys was many things. It was heroic, heartbreaking, courageous, inspiring, frustrating and thought provoking. This woman, a poor reporter from Uganda with nothing to gain for herself champions these poor lost, abandoned and/or unwanted child

    I am giving this book 4 stars mainly because of the story itself. I am not sure if this was translated but the writing for me was not superb so perhaps if it was translated it just did not come over as well as it should have. Having said that, the story of Gladys was many things. It was heroic, heartbreaking, courageous, inspiring, frustrating and thought provoking. This woman, a poor reporter from Uganda with nothing to gain for herself champions these poor lost, abandoned and/or unwanted children. Even when it costs her more than she has physically, emotionally and monetarily she does not give up on these children because she believes they deserve more.

    The story begins with a newspaper column highlighting these lost and abandoned children, trying to reunite them with their families. The fight that Gladys puts up for her "kids" is a miracle and a blessing that they never could have expected and one that some of them don't deserve. But she never loses faith and never gives up. The lengths Gladys goes to for her children, and often their families after they are reunited is awe inspiring. This is a story of one incredible and unique human being that the world could only be so lucky to have more people like her.

  • Alison

    Gladys Kalibbala a woman who does not have a lot of formal education, but has a big heart, and has a drive to keep going, like no other.

    The author, after having spent time with Gladys, relays these stories about the children that Gladys has help and we get to see the love Gladys has for the children of her country.

    Gladys works for a local paper, in Uganda as a reporter writing an article called “Lost and Abandoned,” She is different from other reporters there as she makes and effort even though

    Gladys Kalibbala a woman who does not have a lot of formal education, but has a big heart, and has a drive to keep going, like no other.

    The author, after having spent time with Gladys, relays these stories about the children that Gladys has help and we get to see the love Gladys has for the children of her country.

    Gladys works for a local paper, in Uganda as a reporter writing an article called “Lost and Abandoned,” She is different from other reporters there as she makes and effort even though she hardly has money of her own to try and find the families of the children that she writes about and whom no one has come to claim. Until she is able to find out more about these children and why they were abandoned, or ran away in the first place, she finds a nurturing environment where they can stay. She is always calling in favors, for the little bit of donations she receives, which doesn't go a long way when you never give up on a child and through the years are trying to give each one a sense of purpose, or a ride back home to find out what got them here in the first place. She is loved by all of the children, and they all call her Mamma.

    Even though some of the stories are sad, we see how these children are resourceful and in want of a better life and education.

    Well worth a read.

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Anna

    There are so many painful stories told in this book that it took me a long, long time to get through it. Ultimately though one is left with a feeling of hope. Gladys is a marvelous person.

    Received this book in a goodreads giveaway.

    Popsugar 2018: a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you

  • Ruth Woodman York

    I received this book in a giveaway on Goodreads. It was interesting, heartbreaking, humbling and enjoyable, all rolled into one book. The stories of what one woman, of little means, has done to aid those she doesn't even know, are amazing. The dangers those in other countries face, in just day to day living, is astonishing. This book will definitely make you feel fortunate for your circumstances.

  • Jennifer

    this is a worthwhile read, and i am glad jessica yu has been able to share gladys kalibbala's wonderful story with readers.

    kalibbala is a journalist in kampala, uganda. in her weekly column for a national newspaper, her focus is on stories of homeless children - in an effort to reunite these kids with family members, if at all possible. kalibbala seems like a very altruistic person. she is not even remotely well off, yet becomes personally involved in many of these children's lives - securing m

    this is a worthwhile read, and i am glad jessica yu has been able to share gladys kalibbala's wonderful story with readers.

    kalibbala is a journalist in kampala, uganda. in her weekly column for a national newspaper, her focus is on stories of homeless children - in an effort to reunite these kids with family members, if at all possible. kalibbala seems like a very altruistic person. she is not even remotely well off, yet becomes personally involved in many of these children's lives - securing medical care, housing, schooling, families... and often takes children in herself. kalibbala works long hours and travels great distances, all in huge-hearted service to the children. (seriously... because of her financial situation, she lives a couple of hours away from kampala, so makes that commute each day, and often has to travel (ruggedly) to remote villages hundreds of kilometres away during the course of one working day. sometimes, if she's lucky, she manages a 2 or 3 of hours of sleep at home in a night.) a

    said this of kalibbala,

    and it is absolutely true.

    in this same review, it is noted

    and i very much agree here. while i did appreciate this book very much, i constantly felt like something was missing, and wanted more depth to the issues the city and country are experiencing. there is a root to the abandoned and homeless children of kampala and i feel an exploration of these concerns would have really complemented the narrative.

    my quibbles aside, i am very glad to have learned about gladys kalibbala, and the incredible work she is doing in uganda.

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