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Africa Night Tonight

IMG_1681Come join the Wesleyan Friends of Africa for a fundraiser dinner with delicious food cooked by Full House. Professor Mike Nelson and Kennedy Odede will speak. There will also be dancing and music.

All proceeds will benefit The Kibera School for Girls.

Date: TONIGHT, Friday December 4th
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Top floor of Albritton Center
Price: $5 suggested donation

Wordsmith, Soul Kat Too, Cold Duck Complex/Freshwater show at Psi U

kibera concertConcert at Psi U on Friday, to benefit the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya. From Amanda Contrada ’10:

Cold Duck Complex/Freshwater
Formed in 2000 in Western Mass, this band/MC combo has the edge of hip hop and the drive of rock and roll. After a hiatus due to the relocation of members, Cold Duck Complex/Freshwater is back and more than making up for lost time with their recent album, Freshwater: Bad Love
Check them out for yourselves on MySpace:

Wordsmith and the Temps
Your favorite Wesleyan 10+ piece hip hop band, complete with hard hitting horns, big bass lines, and a whole lot of soul. Light on the thug-posturing and acting cool, heavy on the love and the music. Josh “WordSmith” Smith brings the rhyme while Nate Mondschein, Steven Cooper, Dane Jackson, Will Monson, Donovan Arthen, Ryan Rodger, Ben Block, Myles Potters, Abaye Steinmetz-Silber, and Emma Daniels bring the funk. IF they all fit on the stage, that is.

Soul Kat Too
Solkattu: noun. South Indian rhythmic style
Soul kat: noun. A funky motherfucker
Too: adverb. Also.

They are soul kats. You can be a soul kat too. This is a brand spankin’ new funk band with Nate Mondschein, Spencer Hattendorf, Zack Rosen, Graham Richman, and Sam Friedman, featuring the vocal stylings of Garth Taylor. If you’ve ever seen these kids play before I don’t think I need to say anything more. If you haven’t… Well, the only thing I will add is that you should.

Tickets are $2 at the door and all proceeds are going to the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya. Facebook event.

Date: Friday, Nov. 20
Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Place: Psi U
Cost: $2

Amanda Contrada '10 from IP 99.50.92.100.

It's OK to include name and class year in post.

EVENT INFORMATION

Concert to benefit Kibera School for Girls

Cold Duck Complex/Freshwater
Formed in 2000 in Western Mass, this band/MC combo has the edge of hip hop and the
drive of rock and roll. After a hiatus due to the relocation of members, Cold Duck
Complex/Freshwater is back and more than making up for lost time with their recent
album, Freshwater: Bad Love
Check them out for yourselves:
http://www.myspace.com/coldduckcomplex

Wordsmith and the Temps
Your favorite Wesleyan 10+ piece hip hop band, complete with hard hitting horns, big
bass lines, and a whole lot of soul. Light on the thug-posturing and acting cool,
heavy on the love and the music. Josh "WordSmith" Smith brings the rhyme while Nate
Mondschein, Steven Cooper, Dane Jackson, Will Monson, Donovan Arthen, Ryan Rodger,
Ben Block, Myles Potters, Abaye Steinmetz-Silber, and Emma Daniels bring the funk.
IF they all fit on the stage, that is.

Soul Kat Too
Solkattu: noun. South Indian rhythmic style
Soul kat: noun. A funky motherfucker
Too: adverb. Also.
They are soul kats. You can be a soul kat too. This is a brand spankin' new funk
band with Nate Mondschein, Spencer Hattendorf, Zack Rosen, Graham Richman, and Sam
Friedman, featuring the vocal stylings of Garth Taylor. If you've ever seen these
kids play before I don't think I need to say anything more. If you haven't... Well,
the only thing I will add is that you should.

Tickets are $2 at the door and all proceeds are going to the Kibera School for Girls
in Kenya. Learn more about it below.
http://www.hopetoshine.org/

Date:        Nov. 20 - Nov. 21
Time:        10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Place:        Psi U
Cost:        $2

Website Design for Nairobi Kenya’s Kibera School for Girls

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Have web design skills? Want to use them to make a difference?

Kennedy Odede ’12 is looking for someone to help him make a really amazing website for the Kibera School for Girls, a girls school he started with Jessica Posner ’09 in his hometown of Nairobi Kenya’s Kibera slum. If you’re interested please email Kennedy at kodede@wes. To read more about the project go to hopetoshine.org.

Odede ’12 Featured in Courant

A little late on picking this up, but Kennedy Odede ’12 was featured two days ago in the Courant:

Four years ago Wesleyan University student Kennedy Odede was living in the chaotic Nairobi slum where he grew up, in a 10-by-10-foot shack without running water, basic sanitation or electricity. But even there, in Kibera, a young man can get his hands on a computer.

And Odede wasn’t just any young man.

Had he been an urban American trying to lift up his neighbors, instead of a Kenyan slum dweller trying to save some lives, he might have been dubbed a “community organizer.” But Odede was, as his recollections imply, simply taking care of his poor branch of the family of man.

Amid the most desperate poverty in Kenya’s largest slum, where prostitution for girls often comes with or even precedes puberty, Odede had created a youth-based community center and was offering services for women and children with HIV/AIDS. He had made a difference, a few foes and a lot of friends.

But time was running out for the women and children, and Odede was running out of ideas. So he entered a computer search for “Kenya,” adding words like “aid” or “service” or “charity,” and eventually clicked on a Connecticut-based group called American Friends of Kenya.

Although the group was then only a year old, founding director Emely Silver of Norwich was used to receiving, and often rejecting, plaintive pleas for help from Kenyans. A former U.S. Air Force nurse and nursing instructor with a tart sense of humor, Silver has no time for dead-end modes of charity or aid. Odede, she recalls, “was the first one who didn’t ask for money.” He wanted advice about how to manage his projects in the slums.

“Teach me,” he wrote to Silver, who was immediately smitten.

What Odede got was an adopted “grandma,” as he now calls Silver, and a partnership with American Friends of Kenya that will be on full view this month in Kibera when he and his partner, Wesleyan University graduate Jessica Posner, open the slum’s first school for girls.


Wesleyan’s Kenyan Connections?

So how do you connect dumpster diving to Kenya to Wesleyan? Well, CNN today featured a great article about a New York chemistry teacher, Jude Ndambuki, who spends a good portion of his free time scouring local trash for scrapped computer parts to repair and send back to his home nation of Kenya. In return, he only asks that the schools that receive the equipment plant trees to help fight the massive soil erosion affecting the countryside.

The article reminded me about a friend of mine and recent alum Jessica Posner ’09. Along with  Kennedy Odede ’12, the pair have been spending their summer in Kenya building the Kibera School for Girls. Jessica’s thoughtful blog has been highlighting just how desperately resources are needed over there. As she describes handing out uniforms last week:

The highlight of this week was today when we distributed uniforms to all of our students.  For all of our students these uniforms were the first brand new clothes that these children have ever been given.  In addition, uniforms are the only clothes that most of our children have.  The excitement as 45 little girls tried on uniforms, traded sizes, swapped styles, and paraded around was incredible.  The happiness from parents, students, and teachers alike was simply uncontainable.

The Kibera School gladly accepts both financial and in-kind donations. If you can salvage some computer equipment or stumble upon a box of crayons, consider shooting Jessica an email at jessica@hopetoshine.org or checking out the Help Kenya Project. (For those going back to school, Staples has some ridiculously cheap deals like 1 cent notebooks that you may also consider donating, either to Kenya or a local school in need.)

Kennedy Odede ’12 to Build School in Kenya

kennedyExcellent human beings Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09 received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to build a school for girls in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya in which Odede grew up, during a 10-week project this summer.

Kennedy’s awe-inspiring life story was featured in a three-part series in the Argus last semester, and it’s no underoverstatement to say that he’s overcome incredible odds. Clearly both he and Posner are headed for great things.

Be sure to donate to the Wesleyan Friends of Africa Walk-a-thon this Saturday – proceeds will go towards funding the school.

Read more about the logistics of the school, and Odede and Posner’s plans, after the jump.

Wesleyan Friends of Africa WesFest Walk-A-Thon

The Wesleyan Friends of Africa association writes in to encourage the Wesleyan community to join and/or become a sponsor of the WesFest Walk-A-Thon.

Wesleyan Friends of Africa is hosting a Walk-a-thon to raise money for the building of a primary school for girls in Kibera, Kenya, the hometown of Kennedy Odede ’12! Please get sponsors and come out this Saturday to make this school a reality for the girls in Kibera. This slum of Nairobi currently has no education available for girls, but this Saturday YOU can help change that!

For sponsorship forms and more information, stop by the group’s table, which will be located downstairs at Usdan later this week or contact nteutsch@wes.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time:
1pm – 4pm
Place:
Walk-A-Thon starts by Usdan
Cost:
$5 minimum donation or FREE if you have at least one sponsor

Friends of Africa Benefit Concert



The Wesleyan Friends of Africa are putting on a benefit concert to raise money to build a school for girls in the Kibera slum in Kenya. So, if you want to rock out to some sick reggae, soul, rock, and funk, AND feel like a great person because you helped a little girl in Kenya get an education, then come to Psi U Friday at 10:15 with $4, or buy tickets in advance for $3.

Two student bands will perform, Banish the Rabbit (Rock/Reggae/Jam Band ) and Barefoot Junction (Funk/Soul), along with a band made up of Wes alums, Mamarazzi (above).

WHAT: Friends of Africa Benefit Concert
WHEN: Friday, April 3rd, 10:15 p.m.-2 a.m.
WHERE: Psi U
COST: $3 in advance, $4 at the door