The Hope Raisers: How a Group of Young Kenyans Fought to Transform Their Slum and Inspire a Community


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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5.6 X 8.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Nihar Suthar is an author who covers inspirational stories around the world. He is the author of Win No Matter What: A Guide to Hyping Up Your Life and The Corridor of Uncertainty: How Cricket Mended a Torn Nation. During the day, he works as a product manager in the tech industry. Suthar has traveled to Kenya several times to visit Daniel, Mutura, and Lucy. He currently calls Tampa home.


With particular value to young readers ages 13-18 who have an interest in such social issues as the poverty, homelessness, and slums of Africa, America, or anywhere else, The Hope Raisers will prove as fascinating, informative, thought-provoking and ultimately inspiring. A highly recommended addition to middle school, high school, and community library collections.

In this ambitious nonfiction volume, Suthar chronicles the adventures of the Hope Raisers, a group of Kenyan teens seeking to uplift their neighborhood through communal enrichment. High school student Daniel Onyango initially set up the Hope Raisers as a music troupe to bring joy to his hometown Korogocho, but he soon realized the impact that creative pursuits can have on social change. When Daniel sees wealthier children rollerblading for the first time, he and his friend Mutura Kuria pool their money to buy a secondhand pair and teach themselves, and other neighborhood children, to skate. Despite economic challenges and a lack of support from their elders, the Hope Raisers eventually enter and begin placing in rollerblading contests, garnering international acclaim.... Suthar thoughtfully celebrates the indomitable human spirit by indicating that consistent hard work and persistence pays off, and that "we too are capable of creating change."

The Hope Raisers not only presents one of the most inspirational life stories you will read, but also it's written in such an engaging, personalized and eloquent manner that it's bound to attract the wide, international audience that this extraordinary group of young people deserve.

Suthar's storytelling doesn't sensationalize poverty, and it highlights the value of change that originates within communities. He clearly respects his subjects. The young people's perseverance is commendable: Their optimism contrasts with the realities of their environment. Cultural and historical information is woven into the narrative, seamlessly providing important context. An eye-opening account of undeterred resilience and hard-won triumph.

People who are born in Korogocho work hard to get out and never go back. The Hope Raisers is a story about those who refuse to leave, and remain in Korogocho to fix it. It's a story about resilience, courage, and most importantly, hope. The Hope Raisers will inspire you to become a change agent. In the grim and dirt of Korogocho, The Hope Raisers restores our faith in humanity. A better world is possible.

The Hope Raisers is a deeply uplifting story that needs to be told. Daniel, Mutura, and Lucy's journeys demonstrate firsthand the magnitude of impact we can create by working together, strengthening the solidarities among global citizens in the quest for humanity of the planet.

Suthar's gift for inspirational storytelling and the courageous visionaries he meets in Korogocho should raise hope in all of us.

An undeniably compelling story of the incredible power of young people. Nihar Suthar's book does not only celebrate the Hope Raisers, a group of young Kenyans transforming their community, it inspires all of us who seek to make an impact and contribute to progress in our communities. It is a must-read.

This story portrays the real life, consistent struggle of so many and is an exact representation of the mood of most days in this part of Africa. It's left me motivated to do everything I can to create change and assist in empowering those who need help. This story truly is a deep representation of this side of life.

An incredibly inspiring story--you'll stand and cheer for Daniel, Lucy, and all the Hope Raisers!

An intimate portrait of life on Nairobi's margins--and of a group of youth who dared to create something bigger.

One of the beauties of the book is that it is an easy read and suitable for young teenagers upwards. It gives insight into how the poorest children living in awful environments achieve the unthinkable. The book is inspirational in that it shows both youngsters and adults that it is possible to achieve ambitions in even the worst situations. The author clearly has a passion for inspiring people around the world to move forward positively and to improve the many aspects of life as we know it. His story of The Hope Raisers is just one of the ways he has done this. He is an author to watch.