Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum Paperback – July 26, 2016
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“A well-wrought, inspiring tale of ‘change and justice’ in a part of the world where they are often sorely lacking.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The past is not predictive, not when there are dreamers and doers, leaders and builders like Kennedy and Jess. Find Me Unafraid is an extraordinary book, courageously honest about their challenges, their victories, their losses and their achingly beautiful love.” (Chelsea Clinton)
“Find Me Unafraid tells the story of hundreds of girls flourishing-and by example, bringing their communities along with them―all because Jessica and Kennedy, two people from different lives, believed that every girl matters. This book offers the greatest of all gifts―hope.” (Gloria Steinem)
“Find Me Unafraid is a bright beacon, an important tale of perseverance, calling for the female leadership Africa needs and must have. Kennedy and Jessica’s vision is creating this next generation of women who will lead Kenya, our continent and the world.” (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, President of Liberia)
“Find Me Unafraid is an astounding story of love, hope, inspiration and triumph. It is a mesmerizing love story; two young people from very different cultures join forces to build a life together―and a new life filled with promise for others. I don’t think either of them understand the word ‘impossible.’ ” (Mia Farrow)
“Find Me Unafraid is a powerful reminder of an individual’s capacity to make a meaningful difference in the world around them. Kennedy and Jessica’s inspiring words are a soaring call to action for anyone who has confronted seemingly insurmountable odds -- and found hope.” (Senator Cory Booker)
“Kennedy and Jessica’s life and love story is humbling. It shows the power and beauty of transforming yourself in the course of transforming other people’s lives, even in the most challenging circumstances. Their experiences demonstrate the value of working collectively, and prove that meaningful change must begin from the community.” (Graça Machel, child rights and social justice advocate, co-founder of The Elders)
“Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner are true modern day heroes. They’ve built a beacon of hope that penetrates the deepest recesses of poverty’s darkest alleyways.” (Lonnie and Muhammad Ali)
“Kennedy Odede’s remarkable story of survival, from a glue-huffing street kid to a humble hero to the poor, is sure to inspire the next generation of activists and leaders. Remember his name.” (Bryan Mealer, co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind)
From the Back Cover
The inspiring true story of how one couple’s love changed a community
Growing up homeless in Kibera, a slum in Kenya, Kennedy Odede received a book of Martin Luther King’s speeches that changed his life and inspired him to start Shining Hope for Communities, a local youth group. Several years later, irrepressible Wesleyan student Jessica Posner traveled to Kenya to work with SHOFCO. Soon, she and Kennedy fell in love. After returning to Wesleyan, Jessica discovered that Kennedy was threatened by political violence. She helped him escape by convincing Wesleyan’s admissions committee to offer him a full scholarship.
Once they’d finished college, Kennedy and Jessica returned to Kibera to found a school for hundreds of its most vulnerable residents: girls. They later opened a sister school in another slum, Mathare. With help from the community and donors around the world, they also provide water, health care, and entrepreneurial programs to tens of thousands in both places, and are determined to improve the lives of countless more.
Tender and inspiring, Find Me Unafraid vividly illustrates the power we all have to impact the world, and stands as a testament to the transformations made possible by true love.
- Publisher : Ecco; Reprint edition (July 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062292862
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062292865
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By AreAitch on October 25, 2015
I have been to Kenya five times on mission trips and have visited friends in Kibera. Having experienced some similar events and knowing so many precious young Kenyans who have lived and suffered through many of these painful ordeals, this book truly pulls the reader into life in the slum, life in the village...and leaves one with great hope for the future where hope is so hard to find.
Kennedy Odede is a miracle who survived the abject poverty and cruelty and horrors of the slum life and grew stronger and kinder and more determined to change it. His meeting and love with Jessica, young American student volunteering in Nairobi is also a miracle how these two worked together to create massive change for good. Amazing people. I am humbled and in awe. A must read.