As I was flipping through the channels this evening, enjoying the waning days of my winter break, I was struck by a cardinal red flash that seemed eerily familiar. It was, in fact, Kennedy Odede ’12, delivering his final address while a student to the Wesleyan community. He, along with wife Jessica Posner ’09, were featured on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams for their work building the Kibera School for Girls.
Footage aired from Wesleyan’s 180th Commencement, and featured Kennedy giving a big ol’ hug to President Roth. Video after the jump.
Chelsea Clinton is (arguably) a better journalist than I’ll ever be, so I’ll let her give you the details.
The Girl Effect Challenge, which SHOFCO won last year, ends at the end of this month (Friday, November 30th) and needs your help to win this year. This just in from darling Maeve Russell ’14:
We’re in the running for the Girl Effect Challenge– we only need 100 people to donate $10 in order to move up the leader-board to claim a finalist position, and win $25k to support the girls in Kibera! We won last year, so are hoping to do so again this year. We’d love your help rallying friends and family to pitch in for the win!
We need to rally the highest # of support through our Girl Effect page to win $25k to support girls in the Kibera slum.
SHOFCO invites you to the opening of our photo exhibit featuring photos from the Kibera School for Girls and other SHOFCO projects. The opening reception will be this afternoon (Saturday) from 3-5 in Zelnick Pavilion. Chai will be served and this will be your last opportunity before Commencement to hear Kennedy Odede ’12 speak about his experiences growing up and working in the Kibera slum. The exhibit will be showing through May 24th. Sponsored by the Adelphic Education Fund and SALD.
Interested in getting involved with Shining Hope for Communities this semester? Want to learn more about The Kibera School for Girls, Kennedy Odede ’12, and what SHOFCO-Wesleyan is all about? Come to our first meeting, Tuesday (tomorrow) at 9pm in 200 Church. New members are welcome. See you there! (Click here, too, for an interview with Odede about SHOFCO and his pending book deal.)
Are you a freshman looking to get more involved at Wes? A sophomore, junior, or senior who has never gotten a chance to hear what SHOFCO is all about? Shining Hope for Communities is a non-profit organization started by Wesleyan students, with the mission of bringing education and gender equality to Kibera, Kenya, Africa’s largest slum. Check out this video for more info.
At this event, you will hear from students who have just returned from a summer teaching at the Kibera School for Girls, and students who are working hard for SHOFCO right here at Wesleyan. SHOFCO is doing big things. Come to PAC001 tomorrow at 4:30pm to learn how you can become a part of it.
Rachel Gelman ’12 tipped me off about this more than a week ago, but due to [insert flimsy excuse here], I’m only posting this now: ubiquitous WesCelebs Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jess Posner ’09 were featured on a recent episode of MSNBC Nightly News, profiling the Kibera School for Girls! (Only not at Wesleyan would Kennedy and Jess’s collaboration be labeled an “unlikely friendship”.) Check it out for a quick summary of the successes of the Kibera School and some screen time for campus star Olin Memorial Library.
Treat yourself to some delicious Thai food this Thursday for a good cause:
Join us for the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera Benefit Dinner @ Thai Gardens.
Come and bring everyone you know to eat Thai food for the health of women and children!
A percentage of the price of your meal will be donated to the memorial clinic in Kenya with no added cost to you!
For more information about our project, please visit: www.hopetoshine.org/johannaclinic.
Date: Thursday March 25 Time: 5 pm – 10 pm Place: Thai Gardens, 300 Plaza Middlesex Main Street
The Kibera School for Girls and Shining Hope for Communities is applying for the Dell Social Innovation online voting competition, and needs your help! There are only a few days left to vote, and they need as many as they can get:
Please, vote NOW, the deadline is coming up! It will take 1 minute of your time and will enable us to be candidates to win $50,000! This would allow us to establish the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera, feed our students for a year, and pay our staff!
Our students are begging you to take a minute of your time to vote… vote now, help us to change the lives of our students and their families!
To vote CLICK THIS LINK! You will need to create a login, and then just click “Promote”!
Want to help more? Spread the word! Tell everyone in your social network, send an email, donate your facebook status! We have only 10 days to get 10,000 votes! For more information please go to hopetoshine.org.