Poverty and Promise: One Volunteer's Experience of Kenya

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Author Cindi Brown sold everything to volunteer in Africa. With only her skills and desire to assist others, Brown hit Kenya hard... and then Kenya hit back. Follow Brown's setbacks and victories while getting an insider's view of Barack Obama's Luo homeland, polygamy, cycling past Cape Buffalo, floating past hippos, Sikh weddings, and Luo burials. Book proceeds train Africa's future leaders.
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Author Cindi Brown sold everything to volunteer in Africa. With only her skills and desire to assist others, Brown hit Kenya hard... and then Kenya hit back. Follow Brown's setbacks and victories while getting an insider's view of Barack Obama's Luo homeland, polygamy, cycling past Cape Buffalo, floating past hippos, Sikh weddings, and Luo burials. Book proceeds train Africa's future leaders.
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Library Journal
This title's 2008 trade paperback edition won an Independent Publisher Award and a Next Generation Indie Award and was a finalist for the Glyph Award for Best First Book by a New Publisher. In this audio edition read by the author, Brown tells of her humanitarian efforts in the area of community health with an international relief organization in Kenya. Passionate about her work but concerned for her personal safety, she ended up returning home to the United States before completing her two-year contract. Brown beautifully conveys her range of feelings throughout her stay, from surprise and delight to fear and frustration. The African-based acoustic music by Sule Greg Wilson, author of The Drummer's Path, adds atmosphere. For travel and volunteering collections. [Includes a bonus interview with the author.—Ed.]—J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. Lib., GA
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Though Brown decided to return to America before finishing her two-year contract in Kenya with U.K.-based international relief organization VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas), she relishes her recent experiences there in this compassionate, affecting memoir. She describes her work for the TICH (Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development), the programs they try hard to implement, and the hours she and her colleagues spend in training. Impressed with her natural surroundings, Brown endures overbearing heat and celebrates the country's intrinsic grace ("I see more than dustiness, more than landscapes made hazy by the sun's glare") while witnessing the harsh living conditions, constant hunger, disease, crime and corruption plaguing its citizens; young men repeatedly try to befriend her, hoping to marry and emigrate to the United States. Though ultimately unnerved and overwhelmed, Brown conveys her story honestly and effectively, upfront about her fear and frustration, as well as the rare occasion for hope. Book proceeds go to support programs in western Kenya.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780980062014
  • Publisher: Just One Voice Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Format: CD

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