From beautiful bombshell/SHOFCO princess Maeve Russell ’14, whose blonde locks are a sign that she is a goddess sent to us from the heavens:
SPEND YOUR SUMMER WITH SHOFCO!The Institute is a highly competitive program that provides deeply motivated and civic-minded college students with on-the-ground experience teaching at The Kibera School for Girls (KSG) in Nairobi, Kenya. KSG is a free school for girls in the Kibera slum, one of the largest slums in Africa.
COME TO THE INFO SESSION FROM 12-1 IN RM 115 IN 41 WYLLYS (AKA THE SQUASH COURTS)! Students from last year’s Summer Institute will be there to share their experiences, give helpful advice, and answer questions! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Date: Tomorrow, February 1st
Place: 45 Wyllys Room 115
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.
Kennedy Odede ’12— Shining Hope Executive Director and overall source of inspiration— wrote an Op-Ed published in yesterday’s New York Times. In it, Odede speaks out against slum tourism, which he has experienced firsthand at home in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya:
I was 16 when I first saw a slum tour. I was outside my 100-square-foot house washing dishes, looking at the utensils with longing because I hadn’t eaten in two days. Suddenly a white woman was taking my picture. I felt like a tiger in a cage. Before I could say anything, she had moved on.
When I was 18, I founded an organization that provides education, health and economic services for Kibera residents. A documentary filmmaker from Greece was interviewing me about my work. As we made our way through the streets, we passed an old man defecating in public. The woman took out her video camera and said to her assistant, “Oh, look at that.”
For a moment I saw my home through her eyes: feces, rats, starvation, houses so close together that no one can breathe. I realized I didn’t want her to see it, didn’t want to give her the opportunity to judge my community for its poverty — a condition that few tourists, no matter how well intentioned, could ever understand.
New York Times: Slumdog Tourism