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Publisher's Summary

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 alike - The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are among their fans - and their work has changed the lives of many of Kibera's most vulnerable population: its girls. 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. But Jessica and Kennedy are just getting started - they have expanded their model to connect essential services like health care, clean water, and economic empowerment programs. They've opened an identical project in Mathare, Kenya's second largest slum, and intend to expand their remarkably successful program for change.

©2015 Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great listen - so inspiring!

If you aren't sure you want to listen to this book Google Kennedy O'Dede and Jessica Posner. They have a remarkable personal story and are making a huge difference in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. What an enjoyable audiobook. The readers were great.

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What a great and inspiring story

Would you listen to Find Me Unafraid again? Why?

Definitely will listen to it again. Great narrator, I felt like I was there with Kennedy and Jessica when it all happen. I cried and laugh with them. Very inspiring. I've been telling people about this book. Good luck to Kennedy and Jessica, with your Shining Hope for the Community, family life and your own personal growth! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world.

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EXCELLENT STORY!!!!

I was fully engaged. the story was sincere, heartfelt, inspiring, encouraging, and beautiful. I loved it.

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Eye opening

Well worth listening. How Kennedy came through the poverty and hopelessness is a marvel. The work he does to effect a change in his culture is inspiring!

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Great Story

I heard about this book after reading a Path Appears and it was a lovely story. I highly recommend it!

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A difficult and rewarding listen

I don't have anything to add beyond what the summaries and other reviews have to say. So I'll just address the book's structure and narration. The stories flip back and forth and the narrators sound like a white american woman and a black african man. The effect was immersion in both sides of their story and a unique perspective of each person's home country and foreign country. The amount of engagement this nurtured was wonderful.

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Makes you wonder why life is not fair

A great book, the story is very touching. Builds confidence in younger generation's capabilities. The narrators were great. I would recommend this book to all young people, especially students who are still in high school or college. I think many people take for granted the blessings of their circumstances. This book reminds why they should therefore give back something to society and in the process become better individuals.

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Very well done, definitely recommend

I was sceptical about the book being typically “white saviour” themed but I was pleased to find it was not at all. Inspiring.

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Incredible. So inspiring.

It is so difficult to find words to describe this book. It is a life-changing story of hope, overcoming horrors, changing a community not by invading but by grassroots community development. It broke down parts of my own life so incredibly that it made me truly inspired to change my life, and to marvel constantly at the unfairness of the universe, of luck, of what we are born to: but also it filled me with such awe at the UNBELIEVABLE strength of so many people who are born to unimaginable circumstances. If I could build a school curriculum, this would be required reading over any other book.

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GREAT! I want to hear more from them!

Story of resilience, hope and intricate community in Kenya's largest slum. An unlikely love and Shining Hope! Great accurate descriptions of life and times