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. Deciding he was going to change his life and his community, he started a youth empowerment group he called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester working with SHOFCO, and they fell in love. Their work has changed the lives of many of Kibera's girls. Together they 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.
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"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"
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