Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum

By Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner

Find Me Unafraid tells the unusual love tale among unusual humans whose collaboration sparked a profitable circulation to remodel the lives of weak ladies and the city terrible. With a Foreword via Nicholas Kristof.

This is the tale of 2 children from different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the most important 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 made up our minds he used to be going to alter his lifestyles and his neighborhood. He acquired a football ball and commenced a early life empowerment crew he referred to as Shining desire for groups (SHOFCO). Then in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester overseas in Kenya operating with SHOFCO. Breaking all conference, she determined to stay in Kibera with Kennedy, and so they fell in love.Their connection continued, and Jessica helped Kennedy to flee political violence and satisfy his lifelong dream of an schooling, at Wesleyan University.

The alchemy in their amazing union has drawn the help of group individuals and celebrities alike—The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are between their fans—and their paintings has replaced the lives of lots of Kibera’s such a lot susceptible inhabitants: its ladies. Jess and Kennedy based Kibera’s first tuition-free university for women, a wide, vibrant blue development, 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 extended their version to attach crucial prone like wellbeing and fitness care, fresh water, and monetary empowerment courses. They’ve opened an analogous undertaking in Mathare, Kenya’s moment biggest slum, and intend to extend their remarkably profitable application for change.

Ultimately it is a love tale a couple of struggle opposed to poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made attainable by means of a real love, and the ability of teenagers to have a deep influence at the world. 

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By Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner

Find Me Unafraid tells the unusual love tale among unusual humans whose collaboration sparked a profitable circulation to remodel the lives of weak ladies and the city terrible. With a Foreword via Nicholas Kristof.

This is the tale of 2 children from different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the most important 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 made up our minds he used to be going to alter his lifestyles and his neighborhood. He acquired a football ball and commenced a early life empowerment crew he referred to as Shining desire for groups (SHOFCO). Then in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester overseas in Kenya operating with SHOFCO. Breaking all conference, she determined to stay in Kibera with Kennedy, and so they fell in love.Their connection continued, and Jessica helped Kennedy to flee political violence and satisfy his lifelong dream of an schooling, at Wesleyan University.

The alchemy in their amazing union has drawn the help of group individuals and celebrities alike—The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are between their fans—and their paintings has replaced the lives of lots of Kibera’s such a lot susceptible inhabitants: its ladies. Jess and Kennedy based Kibera’s first tuition-free university for women, a wide, vibrant blue development, 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 extended their version to attach crucial prone like wellbeing and fitness care, fresh water, and monetary empowerment courses. They’ve opened an analogous undertaking in Mathare, Kenya’s moment biggest slum, and intend to extend their remarkably profitable application for change.

Ultimately it is a love tale a couple of struggle opposed to poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made attainable by means of a real love, and the ability of teenagers to have a deep influence at the world. 

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I ask slowly. “You’d get up, toss and switch, however it used to be such as you have been nonetheless asleep—you by no means remembered waking up. You’d shout and speak, yet they stated it used to be the fever goals. They’ve been rather apprehensive. you've got malaria. Undetected, the parasite received a long way sufficient alongside that your spleen nearly burst. ” I take note now. Alice’s residence, the unrelenting warmth, calling him, placing him at risk. “I’m sorry. ” “Your mom—you may still name her. She referred to as and that i spoke back your telephone; she’s beautiful disenchanted. She made me get the medical professionals to record each medicine they’ve given you.

If he doesn’t construct this residence, Kennedy might be noticeable as a misplaced son of the land; they are going to by no means settle for him again back. will probably be as though he has no roots,” Antony tells me. I come domestic and make ham and cheese sandwiches, grilling them over our small camping out range, as my peace providing. “What’s occurring? ” Kennedy asks while he will get domestic. He is familiar with that once I prepare dinner, something’s up. “If you need to construct this condominium, i'm going to include you to the village to construct it. ” He comes over, takes my face in his arms, and runs his thumb alongside my cheek.

Jessica appears loopy, a loopy American girl. In the USA, children are raised to think that they could do something. i attempt to be hopeful and inspired, however the distinction among American childrens and me is that i'm life like. i do know filling out those varieties and writing those essays is a waste of time. I can’t get right into a college in Kenya, not to mention a pricey American college. yet Jessica is so continual, I fill them out the entire comparable. There’s a kind asking approximately my mom and dad’ estate and source of revenue. Questions ask if my mom and dad personal a home, and what resources we normally carry.

Say it then, inform me. ” He doesn’t draw back. “I love you, Jessica. ” His lips are gentle and funky, his good points so shut and so priceless. Our first kiss leaves me approximately as dizzy because the malaria. “They may perhaps kill you—” I cut loose, my palms press opposed to his chest, pushing him lightly away, not able to include that concept because it arises. “Shhh—” He kisses me back, this time with extra strength. “Now you assert it—” “I . . . ” The phrases believe caught in my throat, yet he appears at me with that realizing glance and that i end softly, “I love you too.

Come, i need to teach you something,” he says. We stroll alongside the fringe of the bluff in silence. i will be able to nonetheless believe the enjoyment and enthusiasm from the football box. We arrive at a spot overlooking Kibera. There are bushes and rocks, and we’re beside a river. “This is my inner most place,” Kennedy says. “I come the following to meditate, to think—to escape from all of it. I used to carry books up right here. Marcus Garvey whilst i used to be mad at how the realm handled me. Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King whilst i used to be looking for thought.

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