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self-becoming the first outsider to voluntarily move there
in memory-and, eventually, falling in love with Odede.
After her study abroad time was over, she returned to
Wesleyan; soon after, Kenya erupted in violence, and Posner
helped Odede apply and receive a full scholarship to her
university, where they both earned degrees and explored
what they could do to really change the Kenyan community.
"He always believed it was about women and girls," she says,
and the two decided to found a school. Shining Hope for
Communities was born, a $10,000 grant was procured, and
the school opened. Soon after, they expanded their model to
beyond providing education education for the girls, to also
offering clean water and other services for the community.
"We made the school the center of an ecosystem,"
she explains. "We connected the social services to the
school, which connected the school to the entire community. Anyone could use it. During the last six years, we've
built a health clinic, established a clean water supply,
started economic empowerment and literacy programs,
and started early childhood programs that focus on the
youngest children."

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Today, a second school has opened in Mathare-another economically depressed area-and there are plans
for more services and more growth by the nonprofit.
The Odedes split their time between Kenya and New
York, and Posner Odede says her time studying abroad
was nothing less than life-changing, both for her and the
people she now serves.
"We're so familiar with our own experiences and our
own vision of the world," she says. "I always thought simplistically that a lot of the rest of the world was like my
world. Nairobi is growing very fast and has so much happening, so much going on, so much wealth. There are
shopping malls and fancy restaurants everywhere. But at
the same time, as much as 60 percent of the population
lives in an urban slum. Living in that slum myself gave me
an intimate experience of how hard that is but also how
resilient people are. They are working every day to make
their lives better and the lives of their kids better."
Culture shock doesn't begin to cover her first weeks in
Kenya, she says. "Life was hard, and it was basic logistics
that were the most difficult," she says. "How do you go to

AUDREY HALL

Jessica Posner
Odede and
her husband,
Kennedy Odede
in front of Kibera
School for Girls,
which they
cofounded


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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
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