Robert M Weir


Rosalie Giffoniello is an American teacher. In 2001, she co-founded Empower The Children, a 501(c)3, through which she oversees educational, vocational, and lunch programs for women and children in the slums of Kolkata, India. When not in Kolkata, Rosalie lives in New Jersey, USA.

Rosalie's collaborator and editor, Robert M. Weir, is a writer, author, speaker, book editor, and authors' coach. His subjects are people, peace, social justice, environment, and adventures. When not traveling, Robert lives in Michigan, USA.

Reclaiming Lives is dedicated to the disadvantaged and disabled children of Kolkata who inspired Rosalie to reach her potential while they struggled to reach theirs.

In Reclaiming Lives, Rosalie Giffoniello, an American teacher, overcomes her personal struggles of insecurity and dependency and finds her identity by providing educational opportunities for destitute children who live in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

Each page abounds with hope, inspiration, and fulfillment for countless children who reclaim their lives through Rosalie's determination … as she joyously reclaims her own.

"I'm bent on empowering children here in the Kolkata slums, reclaiming their lives. But, of course, I'm also, really, reclaiming my own. The journey hasn't been easy. At each juncture, I was beset with fears and doubts, never given room for complacency or ease. Though scarred by mistakes and misgivings, the journey has been made, not a single step has been wasted." —Rosalie Giffoniello

This was an inspiring account of the author's life and love of children. Witty, personal, touching, and filled with adventure and hope, I highly recommend this book for anyone who has dreamed of helping others have a better life, filled with love. —Volunteered review on

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert M Weir

  • Tales From the Drake House Outhouse on Jan. 28, 2010
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    Fun. Quick. Witty. A great message of growing up, trying something new, and understanding others for teens and their parents.