13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what’s become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents’ store. But sudden political violence has killed their father and destroyed their home. Now, Muchoki, Jata, and their ailing mother live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. By day, they try to fend off hunger and boredom. By night, their fears about the future are harder to keep at bay. Driven by both hope and desperation, Muchoki and Jata set off on what seems like an impossible journey: to walk hundreds of kilometers to find their last remaining family.
I cannot wait to start reading this book, I just picked it up recently for a book club. Not only do I adore Eric Walters, but for every copy of this book sold in Canada the publisher is donating $1.30 to Walters’ orphanage in Africa.
In preparation for this novel Walters and a few others did the walk described in the book. From what I hear as you go through the novel you can check out pictures and video of their walk as it matches the story.
Every cent of every donation to this program is used to run the program (paying for the staff, feeding the children, providing shelter, and supporting education and healthcare). It isn’t very often we see a program where the founder is not making a profit. I am very honoured to have been in the presence of Mr. Walters many times, and you can see when he talks about this program how passionate he is about the progress of the children.
This book on it’s own caught my attention, but the story behind this book has intrigued me on a much deeper level.
If you wish to read the story, please make sure you purchase it from a Canadian based company so the proceeds will be redirected. http://www.indigo.ca is one website you can use to do this. If you would like to make a monetary donation you can do so on the website provided above.