By Dawn Frederick
I remember the day I received query from Ellie Roscher about a girls soccer academy in Kibera, Kenya. I knew immediately this was a story I couldn’t walk away from. In my heart I believed this book NEEDED to be in the world, and I wanted to join Ellie for this experience.
Ellie learned about the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) in 2010, a free girls’ secondary school in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. It would result in a seven-year path where she was given the opportunity to write their story. She eventually went to KGSA in 2012, returned in 2013; and here we are today!
The KGSA provides many supports to its students, which will have long-lasting effects.It’s already confirmed that educating girls is both the right thing and the smart thing to do. Children are twice as likely to survive when their mothers are literate. A country’s GDP rises as girls’ attendance in school increases. The KGSA has done this for the girls in Kibera, and Ellie is honored to share the stories of these students. This is why we need to continue to make this happen.
PLAY LIKE A GIRL is coming soon, specifically in 2017. This beautiful cover only begins to do justice to the beauty of spirit alive in the girls of KGSA who claim their own futures through the power of soccer and education.
Congrats Ellie! And thanks to Laura Duane and Jarred Weisfeld for making this happen.