'Young Voices of the Nile' is the first of what we hope will be many books in the series that provides youth from different countries a chance to write about something important to them. This could be their pride in their country, family, a social issue or their favorite sport. Their stories are a way for the rest of the world to get to know something more about life in another country.
As inspiring as it was for us to be a part of putting this book together and seeing the energy, dedication and enthusiasm these children had to share their lives, we hope these inspirational stories for and by kids will be a welcome addition to your child's reading collection. 'Young Voices of the Nile' shares stories of over 20 african children (North American approximate equivalent of grades 5-7) from Uganda.
The book is a collection of writings and short stories by the sons and daughters of the 'mamas' who work at a small orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. The 'mamas' are the Ugandan staff of this orphanage and this affectionate title reflects their dual roles as mothers to their own children and as the primary caregivers. The orphanage (Amani Baby Cottage) cares for orphans (newborns, babies and toddlers) whose parents have either died, abandoned them or are unable to care for them at this time in their lives.
Jacinthe continues to enjoy her nomadic lifestyle that began thirty-five years ago. She has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Dominica, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, the Sudan, Indonesia, Uganda and is presently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
It was Jacinthe’s time in Jinja, Uganda that created the opportunity for her work on ‘Young Voices of the Nile’. Far from a slow and quiet life just off the shore of Lake Victoria, Jacinthe volunteered 5 days a week at Amani Baby Cottage, a local Ugandan orphanage, helping to look after the ‘Baby A’ group – newborns to 12 months old. In addition to her time at the orphanage, she also worked with a local group specializing in life skills training for high risk women looking for a new start (most women are either recovering addicts or former prostitutes).
Jacinthe holds a MEd in Counselling and provides individual and relationship counselling through her local private practice. She is married to a civil engineer (the reason for her 35 years of nomadic living), has two sons and is the very proud grand-maman of four beautiful granddaughters.
A Little Bit About Skidding Sideways…
Jacinthe co-authored (along with her two sisters, Charlotte O’Dea and Francoise Picot) a series of personal reflections on their own transformative journey into the new world of fifty and beyond. Their oft-times emotionally bare reflections touch on various hot spots in a woman’s life during this time including the new landscape of marriage, changing family dynamics and the need for forgiveness.