Find Me Unafraid tells the uncommon love story between two uncommon people whose collaboration sparked a successful movement to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and the urban poor. Kennedy Odede grew up in Kibera, one of the worst slums in Africa, teaching himself to read with old newspapers. When an American volunteer gave him the works of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy decided he was going to change his community. He bought a soccer ball and started a youth empowerment group he called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).
In 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester abroad in Kenya working with SHOFCO. Though it was unheard of for a white person, she decided to live in Kibera with Kennedy, and they fell in love. Jess and Kennedy founded Kibera’s first tuition-free school for girls, a large, bright blue building, which stands as a bastion of hope in what once felt like a hopeless place. And Jessica and Kennedy are just getting started.
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