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 winning stream to remodel the lives of susceptible women and the city bad. With a Foreword by way of Nicholas Kristof.

This is the tale of 2 children from totally different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the biggest slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado.  Kennedy foraged for foodstuff, lived in the street, and taught himself to learn with outdated newspapers.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 determined he was once going to alter his existence and his neighborhood. He acquired a football ball and commenced a early life empowerment team he known 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 reside 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 extraordinary union has drawn the help of group 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 university for ladies, a wide, brilliant blue construction, which stands as a bastion of wish in what as soon as felt like a hopeless position. yet Jessica and Kennedy are only getting started—they have improved their version to attach crucial prone like healthiness care, fresh water, and monetary 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 by way of a real love, and the ability of teens to have a deep influence at the world. 

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George and his males had divided themselves into 3 teams surrounding the group and had planted flashlights within the floor at the different part to make it seem like there have been many extra of them than essentially. George is an excellent strategist. “Kennedy and Antony, you men have been death this day. They knew whoever was once dwelling in Olympic needs to be Luos, as Kikuyus have already left the world. Kennedy, be mindful, whereas I’m nonetheless alive, you by no means worry. i'm going to consistently be there for you, my little brother,” George says. “What you've gotten performed for this neighborhood is so large. ” He speaks slowly and lightly. everyone seems to be quiet as George speaks. i'm crying for the affection that George has for me. even if George is a Luo like me, I had requested him to aid guard the Kikuyus in Kibera from being attacked. the former evening he concealed a number of of our Kikuyu SHOFCO formative years in his apartment, while humans have been baying for his or her blood. “At first i presumed I did it for you, yet later I become aware of I did it for myself and for humanity,” he says. George touches my middle. He risked his lifestyles via hiding others from a special tribe. Afraid to go away us on my own, George vows to stick with us till the next day to come. We percentage a bit nutrients and i'm capable of cost my cell. i'm useless drained. “You and Antony doze off, Kennedy. It’s just a couple of hours to sunrise. ” After spending only one evening clear of Kibera, I can’t take it anymore. i would like to head convenience Helen and be there for Angel’s funeral. within the early morning mild I make my as far back as Kibera. I name my good friend John and make a plan to stick with him in Lanisaba, the a part of Kibera farthest clear of my residence. As I’m carefully crossing the railway line, my mobilephone jewelry: Jessica. I resolution, bracing myself for her barrage of questions. “Hi,” she whispers. She sounds very distant. “Hi,” I say, attempting to muffle the telephone to masks the sounds of Kibera in the back of me. “Where are you? ” i'm so drained that I take the simple approach out and inform her what i do know she desires to pay attention. “I’m with Antony. We stayed on the town. ” there's silence at the line, and that i comprehend she’s attempting to hearken to the noises round me—she’s clever. it truly is one of many many purposes I fell in love together with her. “Are you yes? ” Her voice wavers, like she’s at the fringe of believing me, yet is aware me all too good. Please make this simple, i encourage in my head. I’ve been via an excessive amount of in those final hours for an issue. i have to suppose attached back, to her, to something. “I’m yes. ” “I don’t think you. Please, Ken, be cautious. We haven’t had an opportunity to do any—to achieve this many stuff. Please look after your self. ” Her voice is gentle, and all i would like is to place my hands round her, to bury my nostril in her sweet-smelling hair. Then the road cuts out, and i'm left with a call. Her voice and the idea of maintaining her back either compel me to stick alive, to maintain out of the fray, whether this suggests distancing myself from my neighborhood. Then i'm triumph over with anger. She isn’t right here. She doesn’t comprehend the devastation correct sooner than my eyes. no matter if I make it out alive—how do I dwell earlier all that i've got visible?

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