Aloha Justice Advocates!
Happy New Year! May 2016 bring more Love, Kindness and Justice to our World
Today I want to share with you a wonderful, inspiring, and hopeful book that I just read.
It is called FIND ME UNAFRAID – Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner.
This is the story of how Jessica, a student at Wesleyan went to Kenya for a semester to work with a nonprofit organization called SHINING HOPE FOR COMMUNITIES (SHOFCO) in one of the worst slums in Kibera, Kenya where violence was rampant along with crushing poverty.
Kennedy Odede grew up there with little to no schooling, as did most children, but with a strong mother who nurtured in him the spark to make real change. He started this organization by saving 20 cents to buy a soccer ball and organized a team with children from different tribes to bring them together for a single purpose. From there SHOFCO grew into a number of enterprises, including the Kibera School for Girls to help cultivate young women who would someday lead Africa. Jessica is the co-founder and was inspired to work on theatre performances to help educate the people on health, safety and issues to help the community realize their strengths when they stood together and their ability to change their part of the world. She and Kennedy together have brought hope and light to the people.
It is an amazing book that I couldn’t put down. The title is taken from the poem “Invictus” by Willian Earnest Henley. Here’s an excerpt from that poem:
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
We must be unafraid as we work to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i nei. We must speak for those whose voices have been silenced. Please join us in this amazing Journey for Justice!