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 Review

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 child. Author of a newspaper column called “Lost and Abandoned,” 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 and warmhearted woman, the children she helps, and the twists of fate they experience together. The subplot of Gladys’s garden—her precarious dream of providing a home and livelihood for her vulnerable charges—adds fascinating depth. Garden of the Lost and Abandoned chronicles one woman’s altruism, both ordinary and extraordinary, 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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 th...

  • 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 a...

  • 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 s...

  • A very hard to read story of the children of Uganda....

  • This is the story of a woman who dedicates her life to the lost and abandoned children in her area of Uganda. Amazing, heartbreaking, and sobering to see how marginally some people exist (because they...

  • Gladys Kalibbala is an amazing woman, using the opportunity to begin writing for a newspaper to begin rescuing lost and abandoned children by seeking out their families or others who will again be abl...

  • Can one woman make a difference in the world? Yes. Gladys Kalibbala is saving the lost and abandoned children of Uganda one child at a time and making a huge difference in the lives of entire villages...

  • Interesting story of the work of Gladys Kalibbala, advocate for lost and abandoned children in Kampala, Uganda -- a testament that one individual CAN make a difference, if they so choose....

  • The story of a courageous, inspiring woman in Uganda who helped many lost and abandoned children. ...