Empty Hands, A Memoir
Ntleko, Sister Abegail
"Now 79 years old, Sister Abegail looks back over her life and recounts the remarkable events that led to her becoming the mother of dozens of children orphaned by the AIDS crisis in South Africa. Raised in extreme poverty by a single father and tasked with taking care of her younger siblings, prospects looked dim for the young Abegail Ntleko to acquire an education. Through hard work, dedication, and a series of fortunate encounters, she achieved her goal of attending nursing school and eventually became one of South Africa s most prominent primary healthcare activists, setting up a network of community clinics in remote areas and respectfully blending Western medicine with local practices. Eventually she established permanent homes for orphaned and vulnerable children and earned recognition for her life s work, being presented with the 2009 Unsung Hero of Compassion award by the Dalai Lama. Illustrated by 30 photographs, Empty Hands is a personal memoir that has the breadth of the most enduring social history. Story Locale- KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa"