Tony Macaulay has released a free audiobook of his memoir ‘Little House on the Peace Line’ to raise funds with his partners in the slums of Kampala to help the most vulnerable people who are facing hardship as a result of the coronavirus lockdown in Uganda.
The audiobook was recorded in the Kosovo slum in Kampala in December 2019 by UG Amplified and produced by era92.com, a social enterprise that gives young people from the slums the skills and employment to break the cycle of poverty.
The audiobook is available now free here on the author’s Youtube Channel
Tony has asked if listeners enjoy the audiobook to consider making a donation to 92hands, the charity founded by Trinity Heavenz, leader of era92 and one of Africa’s brightest young social entrepreneurs, and gospel superstar Levixone, who grew up together in the Kosovo slum.
You can donate here to help feed vulnerable people who are locked down in the slums during the pandemic. In a ‘hand to mouth’ economy in the slums no work, means no money for food. 92 hands are on the ground every day helping to feed families who have run out of food.
‘In 1985, I went to live on the other side of the peace line. Everyone said my head was cut. It was the summer of Live Aid and Bob Geldof pledged to save Africa from hunger. My ambitions were more modest. I wanted to stop the violence between Catholics and Protestants in Belfast.’ Driven by the conviction that things can change and that he can change them, Tony Macaulay takes up a job running a youth club in the staunchly nationalist New Lodge, an area known as Murder Mile, with youth unemployment at 90 per cent. Challenge enough you might think, but it’s also a requirement of the job that Tony, a Protestant from the Shankill Road, and his wife Lesley live in the local community. As the realities of life in a working-class republican community start to hit home, Tony’s idealism and faith are pushed to the limit. Inspiring, heart-breaking, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is the story of how one couple kept the faith in a little house on the peace line.