Monday, December 6, 2010

Local woman helping most vulnerable thousands of miles away

From Denver-

Jessica Posner has the attention of several dozen people on Sunday afternoon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

It's not unusual for a church to have a gathering, especially on a Sunday, but people are here to hear what 24-year-old Posner has to say.

"There's so many people that your presence means more than you can ever know," Posner said.

She's here to raise money for her non-profit in Kenya, called Shining Hope for Communities.
Posner co-founded the organization a year ago. The non-profit is in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. It's located in Kenya's capital Nairobi. Posner started with a free girls-only school.

The school provides education, uniforms and meals twice a day to 70 girls.

"We run our programs on a shoe-string budget, so 5 dollars feeds a class for a day, 25 dollars provides books, school supplies for an entire class for over a month," she said.

9NEWS rarely does stories on fundraisers. But this one intrigued us because of who's doing it. In July, Posner was named "America's top world-changer 25 and under" on VH1. Her charity received $100,000.

"We started a boarding facility for some of our most vulnerable and at risk girls, girls who have been victims of sexual assault, rape and abuse," Posner told the people gathered at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. "In Kibera, there are 1.5 million people who live in an area the size of Central Park. They're living without schools, roads, hospitals, sanitation, any services of any kind. It's really, really devastating."

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