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Benedict

Unemployed
Kibera, Kenya

Benedict
“POVERTY IS TEMPORARY KIBERA TALKING”
In his brief 17 years, Kibera resident Benedict has faced more hardship than most will experience in a lifetime. His father was murdered when Benedict was four years-old, his grandmother suspecting his mother as the culprit. The deaths of his mother, grandmother, and sister followed shortly, forcing Benedict to live with a disinterested aunt and uncle who often withheld meals from the young man and made it difficult for him to go to school. By 14, Benedict was a drug and alcohol-abusing gang member.
Against all expectation, Benedict smiles.Often.
Benedict recently finished the 8th home (extremely modest though it may be at 7 square feet). He finds great pride in taking care of it.
His achievements might seem small to those for whom education and home are givens, but Benedict's life is a beautiful triumph, a testament to perseverance through unfathomable ordeal.

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