Author(s): Nikki Lovell
The extraordinary story of how an 18 year old Australian girl set up a grassroots development organisation in Namwenda, Uganda.
Aged eighteen, Nikki Lovell was a typical Adelaide schoolgirl, finishing her exams and planning to study journalism at university. She had a boyfriend whom she loved; she had done well at school; her future looked bright. But first she planned to take a gap year and volunteer at a school in the small Ugandan village of Namwendwa. Little did Nikki know that decision would change her. Forever.
We are One Village is the story of how Nikki became a part of the Namwendwa community, of how their needs and her capacity to empower them changed the direction of her life. But it's also the story of how one teenage girl dealt with the loneliness of living in a foreign land, the heartache of a relationship ending, the torment of being torn between your parental home and your spiritual home, and ultimately learning to follow your heart and your dreams. For someone so young, Nikki has a wealth of passion and experience to share with us all. We are One Village is by turns captivating and inspirational.
PUBLICATION APRIL 2012