Having traveled to Kenya for the past two summers to roam around the country and spend time with the boys of Harambee USA, I feel deeply connected to the place and the people there.
My friend, Mark Orrs, a PhD in Sustainable Development at Columbia University, recorded this video on his iPhone the last time we were in Kenya together. It’s a simple video of girls playing soccer in Africa. But the thing is, it’s girls playing soccer in Africa — and girls doing such a simple thing usually only reserved for boys and men shows in just a few minutes the great strides forward that Kenya is taking. Very proud and honored to be a friend of both Mark Orrs and Amos Kimani, the coach of “The Soccer Queens.”
“The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about. He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid: and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed–love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, and victories without hope and worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars. He writes not of the heart but of the glands.” — William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Speech
… enough said.