By Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner
Find Me Unafraid tells the unusual love tale among unusual humans whose collaboration sparked a profitable move to rework the lives of weak women and the city negative. With a Foreword via Nicholas Kristof.
This is the tale of 2 children from totally different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the most important slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado. Kennedy foraged for nutrition, lived in the street, and taught himself to learn with outdated newspapers. whilst an American volunteer gave him the paintings of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy made up our minds he was once going to alter his existence and his neighborhood. He obtained a football ball and began a adolescence empowerment staff he known as Shining desire for groups (SHOFCO). Then in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester in another country in Kenya operating with SHOFCO. Breaking all conference, she determined to reside in Kibera with Kennedy, they usually 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 outstanding 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 a lot of Kibera’s so much weak inhabitants: its women. Jess and Kennedy based Kibera’s first tuition-free institution for women, a wide, vivid 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 multiplied their version to attach crucial companies like well-being care, fresh water, and financial empowerment courses. They’ve opened the same 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 few struggle opposed to poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made attainable via a real love, and the facility of adolescents to have a deep influence at the world.
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It’s me, Kennedy . . . please open the door. ” “Are you by myself? ” Thugs usually kidnap humans after which strength the abducted individual to steer them to the home of a pal. The pal then opens the door, believing it's a good friend who's knocking. i think Antony thinks I’m the sort of issues. “Antony, I swear i'm by myself. ” After staring at me from the window, he opens up. “Antony, guy, so chuffed to work out you! ” I shout. “Shhh . . . shhh . . . shhh. Don’t be loud talking in Luo! ” i do know Antony to be a courageous guy. to determine him afraid intensifies my worry. He walks me to the SHOFCO workplace, giving me an replace. “A lot of unhappy information and that i don’t comprehend the place to begin. ” Antony clears his throat. “Ken, you need to be robust. ” “Antony, what is going to we do? ” yet i do know it's not that i am asking a query. i will see the moonlight mirrored in his eyes, yet his face is darkish. “Angel is useless. ” Angel was once only a child, no longer but six years previous. Her mom, Helen, is a part of the women’s empowerment undertaking, SWEP. We had nicknamed Angel “the SHOFCO child. ” She was once conceived out of wedlock with a drunkard locally. Her mom, Helen, unsuccessfully attempted to abort her. Then Angel was once born so little the medical professionals stated she wouldn't reside to determine her first birthday. She was once given the identify Angel, an angel from God, simply because this child had survived loads. “How may a person kill a bit blameless soul? ” “It was once a stray bullet from the police,” Antony tells me. Tears at the moment are falling down my cheeks. i believe my stammer and can't speak. Neither folks can communicate for a very long time. We achieve the SHOFCO workplace. Antony opens the gate and appears round to make sure that not anyone is hiding. it truly is overdue, and I’m dog-tired and haven’t eaten whatever because the tiny sip of porridge my neighbor in Kibera gave me. now we have mattresses within the SHOFCO place of work, the place participants who're operating overdue can sleep. I say stable evening to Antony and we nod off absolutely clothed. Thirty mins later I wake to the sound of a lorry preventing simply outdoors the wall that surrounds our place of work. My middle kilos as I listen the voices drawing close nearer and nearer. “Antony . . . Antony . . . Antony, do you pay attention that? ” I whisper. “Shhh. Don’t speak. I pay attention them too. ” “Oh my God . . . this present day we're lifeless. ” Antony and that i squeeze jointly on our unmarried bed, ready to die jointly as acquaintances. the folk outdoor are conversing in Kikuyu, yet their voices are muffled and that i can listen in basic terms items of what they say. “They wish revenge for a few Kikuyus who have been killed in Laini Saba village. Mungiki promised to retaliate,” I translate. Mungiki is an notorious gang usually linked to the Kikuyu tribe. As Luos, we're in grave risk. we'd be thought of precious revenge killings. Antony crawls towards the window. “Oh God, it’s a gang. i will see the flashlights. ” “Please, Antony, don’t do this . . . they could see. ” a mild from a flashlight is directed at our window. Antony lies so flat and nonetheless subsequent to me that I can’t believe his breath. we're at the moment flooring. they've got now not but entered the development. I achieve into my pocket for my telephone.