HIA Senior Fellow Kennedy Odede Wins Dell Social Innovation Competition

May 20, 2010 | senior fellow awards

Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit organization co-created by HIA Senior Fellow Kennedy Odede, won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition Grand Prize ($50,000), and the People’s Choice Award ($1,000).

The Dell Social Innovation Competition is an international contest among current college students who propose projects to “make the world a better place.” It is the second major award received by Shining Hope for Communities, which was also awarded a $53,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation earlier this year.

About Shining Hope for Communities

Shining Hope for Communities was co-founded by HIA Senior Fellow, Kennedy Odede, a former resident of Kenya’s Kibera Slum, and Jessica Posner, a recent Wesleyan graduate who has worked extensively with Odede in Kenya. In August 2009, Odede and Posner built the Kibera School for Girls, the first and only tuition-free school for girls in the slum--which is the largest in Africa. This summer, Shining Hope will be building the innovative Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera adjacent to the school to combat the extreme health crisis in Kibera and honor Johanna's legacy.

The clinic is named for Johanna Justin-Jinich who was shot and killed just off Wesleyan’s campus in May, 2009. Johanna was scheduled to graduate in May, 2010 and had planned to dedicate her life to helping people in need, hoping to go on to graduate school in international public health, focusing primarily on women’s access to healthcare and reproductive rights. Those who knew Johanna repeatedly speak of her astonishing intellect, creativity and generosity of spirit.

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