Based on my work done in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, this book documents the children who attend a school called Angels of Hope, and how tightly they have become sewn into my consciousness. The kids in these pages wear a red bandana because they all are affected by the AIDS epidemic in some way. Parents are living with or have died from the disease. Relatives have been caught by this plague. And even some of these beautiful children themselves are HIV-positive. Add the problems already faced by everyone living in one of the largest slums in the world, and you can see how dire the situation is.
The format of this book is arranged in a way for viewers to initially glimpse only a symbolic piece of each child's life, before turning the page and realizing that the enormity and complexity of the struggles faced are incomprehensible. The poetry guides readers through my thought process every day that I spent in the slum, trying to make sense of the senseless things I heard and saw.
All proceeds from this book go directly towards funding these kids and their school, and building the future that they were not born with, but deserve nonetheless.
Student at Johns Hopkins University