By Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner
Find Me Unafraid tells the unusual love tale among unusual humans whose collaboration sparked a profitable stream to rework the lives of weak women and the city terrible. With a Foreword by way of Nicholas Kristof.
This is the tale of 2 kids from different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the biggest slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado. Kennedy foraged for meals, lived in the street, and taught himself to learn with previous newspapers. whilst an American volunteer gave him the paintings of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy determined he was once going to alter his existence and his neighborhood. He received a football ball and commenced a adolescence empowerment team he known as Shining wish for groups (SHOFCO). Then in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester out of the country in Kenya operating with SHOFCO. Breaking all conference, she made up our minds to dwell in Kibera with Kennedy, they usually fell in love.Their connection endured, and Jessica helped Kennedy to flee political violence and satisfy his lifelong dream of an schooling, at Wesleyan University.
The alchemy in their notable union has drawn the help of neighborhood participants and celebrities alike—The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are between their fans—and their paintings has replaced the lives of a lot of Kibera’s such a lot weak inhabitants: its women. Jess and Kennedy based Kibera’s first tuition-free college for women, a wide, shiny blue construction, which stands as a bastion of desire in what as soon as felt like a hopeless position. yet Jessica and Kennedy are only getting started—they have increased their version to attach crucial companies like future health care, fresh water, and financial empowerment courses. They’ve opened an analogous venture in Mathare, Kenya’s moment greatest slum, and intend to extend their remarkably winning software for change.
Ultimately it is a love tale a few struggle opposed to poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made attainable via a real love, and the facility of children to have a deep influence at the world.
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