Kenyan School, Founded by Posner ’09, Odede ’12, on NBC Rock Center

Jessica Posner '09 on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Jessica Posner ’09 on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Wesleyan alumni Jessica Posner ’09 and Kennedy Odede ’12 appeared on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams on Jan. 17 in a report titled “Couple’s School becomes Lifeline in Kenyan Slum.” Watch the report, hosted by Rock Center Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton, online here.

Posner and Odede are co-founders of Shining Hope for Communities, an organization working to combat gender inequality and extreme poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

In August 2009, Shining Hope for Communities founded The Kibera School for Girls, the first tuition-free school for girls in Kibera. By providing a superior education, daily nourishment, uniforms, and schools supplies all free of charge, Shining Hope is able to give the brightest and most at-risk girls the power of hope and education.