Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer! Last month, Shining Hope for Communities co-founder and CEO, Kennedy Odede, became the first person from Africa’s largest slum to graduate from a prestigious American university. Kennedy's accomplishment, and his journey from the Kibera slum to Wesleyan University, was featured in the Huffington Post, on Echoing Green's Social Innovation Blog, and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams! At the commencement, Kennedy delivered the Wesleyan senior address with a riveting speech that ended with his peers repeating after him that they would “Promise to champion hope throughout the world." From Kennedy: My dream is to attend a Wesleyan commencement 13 years from now, and sit where our families are today, to watch a graduate of The Kibera School for Girls accept a Wesleyan diploma, proving yet again that it does not matter where you come from—only where you want to go. Shining Hope's work in Kibera is making it possible for many others like Kennedy to realize their dreams of education, and a better future for themselves, their families-- and for all of us. Thank you so much for your continued support of our work!Are you traveling to Kenya? Or know of someone who is? Shining Hope needs YOUR help to bring over 400 lbs of math curriculum (textbooks and workbooks) to the Kibera School for Girls. If you’re traveling to Nairobi anytime from now through November, and aren’t using one of your two checked bag allowances, please consider taking a bag of math curriculum with you! The bags will be under 50 pounds and picked up by a Kibera School for Girls staff member at your hotel in Nairobi. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
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