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Dedication:

For my children, Jaime and James, and for our children of the world. May peace and good health envelop you.


And for Jennifer, with her soft strength and unending goodness. May you always reap the kindnesses you sow.



What others are saying about Poverty and Promise


Publishers Weekly: 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.


Midwest Book Review: It takes a special type of person to volunteer - to do something for another with no compensation. “Poverty and Promise: One Volunteer's Experience of Kenya" follows Cindi Brown as she speaks about her days as a volunteer in rural Kenya, where many of the luxuries taken for granted by Americans are simply unheard of. A touching story filled with little triumphs over great adversity, "Poverty and Promise: One Volunteer's Experience of Kenya" is highly recommended for community library memoir and biography collections.

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