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Eunice, a fifth-grader at the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya, has a dream. Her dream is made possible by the courage and dedication of individuals around the world working to ensure that women and girls have equal access to education.

You can see more of Eunice in A Path Appears, the highly anticipated follow-up documentary series to Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. A Path Appears, inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book, premieres January 26 on PBS.

“Given the link between urban poverty and terrorism, the best strategy to limit the power of militant groups to seduce recruits is to fight poverty, not terrorism. Instead of investing billions of dollars on drones, let’s focus on augmenting economic opportunities and providing basic and essential services like health care and education,” says Kennedy Odede, who is fighting poverty in the slums of Kibera through his organization Shining Hope for Communities. Shining Hope links free schooling for girls at theThe Kibera School for Girls to essential social services for everyone in the community. 

Read more via The New York Times.


Forbes 30 under 30: Social-Entrepreneurs

Christopher Ategeka:29,Founder, CA Bikes

One of the biggest obstacles to health care in Uganda is transportation. Eighty-seven percent of Ugandans live in rural areas (World Bank), an average of five to 10 miles away from care. Christopher Ategeka’s CA Bikes manufactures bike and motorcycle ambulances and distributes them to local hospitals, NGOs and government clinics. As a result, 10,000 people can now get to health care faster

Daniel Maree: 26,Founder, Million Hoodies. 

After Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot, Daniel Maree founded the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, to protect young minorities from racial profiling and gun violence. The group helped collect two million signatures on petitioning for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the shooter later acquitted in Martin’s death. Million Hoodies has tracked 2,000 incidents of police misconduct in New York City.

Kennedy Odede: 29, Founder, Shining Hope for Communities. 

Kennedy Odede grew up in Nairobi’s Kibera slum and never went to school, yet secured a scholarship to study in the U.S. Now he’s empowering his Kenyan neighbors. His Shining Hope for Communities runs the tuition-free local Kibera School for Girls, and an adjacent center for the community, with health care, clean water and sanitation services, a library and computer lab.