Find Me Unafraid

Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum
Original Publish Date: Oct 13, 2015
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Product Number: Z100091512
Released: Oct 13, 2015
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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. With a Foreword by Nicholas Kristof. This is the story of two young people from completely different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado. Kennedy foraged for food, lived on the street, and taught himself to read with old newspapers. When an American volunteer gave him the work of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy decided he was going to change his life and his community. He bought a soccer ball and started a youth empowerment group he called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Then in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester abroad in Kenya working with SHOFCO. Breaking all convention, she decided to live in Kibera with Kennedy, and they fell in love.Their connection persisted, and Jessica helped Kennedy to escape political violence and fulfill his lifelong dream of an education, at Wesleyan University. The alchemy of their remarkable union has drawn the support of community members and celebrities alikeA??The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are among their fansA??and their work has changed the lives of many of KiberaA??s most vulnerable population: its girls. Jess and Kennedy founded KiberaA??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. But Jessica and Kennedy are just getting startedA??they have expanded their model to connect essential services like health care, clean water, and economic empowerment programs. TheyA??ve opened an identical project in Mathare, KenyaA??s second largest slum, and intend to expand their remarkably successful program for change. Ultimately this is a love story about a fight against poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made possible by a true love, and the power of young people to have a deep impact on the world.

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Professional reviews

"This inspiring story of two young people's efforts to meaningfully help the underprivileged is fittingly narrated with elegance and respect. The stark difference between Korey Jackson's voicing of Kennedy Odede and Mandy Siegfried's reading of Jessica Posner underscores the drastically disparate worlds from which the authors originate. Jackson's strong, confident tone for the scenes in Kenya authentically portrays a young Odede, who is established as a beloved leader in his slum of Kibera. Jackson then switches to a tone of childlike wonder and amazement when Odede travels to the United States for the first time. His convincing portrayal is funny and heartwarming as well as startling when listeners hear how America appears to an outsider. A wonderful production worthy of listening to multiple times. J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"