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A Tale of Empowerment
on March 29, 2011
Rye Barcott went to Kenya looking for answers to ethnic violence. What he found was a slum teeming with garbage, vermin, and .... talented people looking for opportunities. Anyone who has ever sought the answer to poverty, or a formula to promote development and empowerment, or pathways to peace, should read this book. Through warm friendships with people living in the slum, he was able to assist in the building of a community organization that serves thousands of children.
We, the reader, get a front page seat in this process, and also get a rare glimpse at what life is like living in brutal poverty, in a place where life is "nasty, brutish and short" and opportunities are desperately sought and grabbed like a lifeline when they appear.
But most inspiring is hearing the nuts and bolts of how an idealistic college student, and American Marine, was able to make this journey. Readers will never look at young adults the same way - like Rye, we are able to create amazing change if we have the courage and fortitude to work for it. Tabitha and Salim, the main characters in this story, become real to us, and show us how to transform our world.
If you have ever thirsted to get out of your comfort zone and enter a place usually forbidden to travelers and foreigners, read this book, and experience life in Kibera.