By Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner
Find Me Unafraid tells the unusual love tale among unusual humans whose collaboration sparked a winning stream to rework the lives of susceptible women and the city terrible. With a Foreword by means of Nicholas Kristof.
This is the tale of 2 youth from totally different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the most important slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado. Kennedy foraged for foodstuff, lived in the street, and taught himself to learn with previous newspapers. whilst an American volunteer gave him the paintings of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy made up our minds he used to be going to alter his lifestyles and his group. He got a football ball and commenced a formative years empowerment workforce he referred to 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 made up our minds 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 impressive union has drawn the aid 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 lots 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 development, 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 a similar undertaking in Mathare, Kenya’s moment greatest slum, and intend to extend their remarkably winning application for change.
Ultimately this can be a love tale a couple of struggle opposed to poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made attainable via a real love, and the ability of teenagers to have a deep effect at the world.
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I’ve imagined what his mouth may perhaps believe like. I’ve imagined what his dermis may well flavor like. yet I’m uncertain I ever idea this could relatively take place. Slowly, reverently, Kennedy starts off to unbutton my blouse. His arms shake, and he makes no try to disguise his nerves. He kisses my naked shoulder and asks me lightly, “Are you definite? ” “No—are you? ” “No—I’m fearful. i'd count on an excessive amount of from you, greater than you could supply. ” “Later,” I say, kissing him again tougher. “Let’s fear approximately that later. ” His palms hint the description of my body, discovering the small of my again, resting on my hips. I pull his T-shirt up over his head, my fingertips skimming alongside his again, tracing his midline, his epidermis so tender. He pulls me with reference to him, and that i suppose his weight urgent opposed to me, tethering me to this earth. ultimately, there's purely him and this second, and our small unmarried mattress. later on, I draw the threadbare sheet with regards to my chest, and we lie on our facets, simply one another. He says precisely what I’m feeling. “You carry me peace. ” For one of many first instances in my lifestyles, my brain stands mercifully nonetheless. i think the fibers of the cloth as they contact my naked epidermis, have fun with the gap I soak up within the mattress, and consider like existence has abruptly selected me. “Do you're thinking that this—what we have—that a person available in the market will ever are aware of it? ” I ask quietly. “Honestly, I don’t imagine so,” he says matter-of-factly. “In reggae, we are saying ‘overstand,’ rather than ‘understand. ’ among us, now we have what I name jessken tradition. We simply overstand. ” I movement nearer, cuddling into his chest, either elated by means of this new mystery global we proportion and devastated to imagine the surface global may perhaps by no means “overstand” it in any respect. typically sooner than mattress, Kennedy talks to his highway puppy, Cheetah, scratching his ears and giving him a scrap of meat. this night, I consult Cheetah myself. I supply him a few selection items of meat kept from my very own dinner and bend right down to whisper in his ear. I don’t wish Kennedy to listen to the fear in my voice. “Take care people this night, Cheetah. defend us,” I say softly. a number of occasions during the evening I’m woke up through sounds i presumed I’d grown used to. The sound of rats scuttling at the tin roof, a puppy barking far-off. eventually, the load of Kennedy’s hands round me, preserving me, lulls me again to sleep. the following morning I get up early, yet Kennedy is already unsleeping; he’s most likely been mendacity that manner for hours. “What are you going to do? in regards to the elections, I suggest? ” “Just don’t fear approximately it,” he says, combing his palms via my hair. “It may be advantageous. ” “Stop announcing that! ” “I’m sorry. It’s simply whilst i used to be becoming up, loads of issues might get it wrong, yet I’d regularly faux to my mother and my sisters that they'd be effective. Can’t we fake? ” “No”—even notwithstanding part of me needs shall we. He seems to be at me, lightly, yet with resignation transparent in his eyes, his breath heavy. “If I say no, I’m a legal responsibility, they’ve informed me an excessive amount of. but when I say sure, then I betray my values, my dignity,” he says slowly. “But perhaps if we get a hold of an exceptional sufficient it's because I can’t, might be they're going to depart me by myself.