Shining Hope for Communities

Shining Hope for Communities combats inter-generational cycles of poverty and gender inequality by linking tuition-free schools for girls to essential social services for all in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. By concretely linking essential health and economic services to a school for girls, we demonstrate that benefiting women benefits the whole community, cultivating a community ethos that makes women respected members of society.
Feb 26, 2014

A New Class and Media Recognition!

Kindergarten Class!
Kindergarten Class!

Hello Donor,

It has been an exciting few months at SHOFCO, with our work featured in The New York Times and FORBES! Kennedy's thought-provoking op-ed "Terrorism's Fertile Ground" was published in The New York Times, along with Nicholas Kristof's moving op-eds featuring SHOFCO, "In This Rape Case, the Victim was 4" and "How Brave Girls Helped Crack a Taboo". FORBES named Kennedy on their 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs list, which recognizes inspiring young people making a positive impact on their community and the world.

In KSG news, on December 20 the Kibera School for Girls capped the academic year with its annual closing ceremony. Performances included the Luhya dance by Grades 3 and 4, I am Learned a poem by the Pre-K class, We Love Kindergarten another poem by the kindergarten class. The Grade 1 class presented a play with a storyline focused on the theme of child labor while the Grade 2 class delivered two poems entitled I Have Not Existed By Chance and Dreams of Today’s Girl Child.

Kibera School for Girls officially began the 2014 academic year on January 6, including a new pre-k class. Our pioneering students are now in Grade 5.

We want to sincerely thank you for your continued support of our education initiative in Kibera! Your partership means so much.

With Warm Appreciation,

Kaylie Cordingley

Communications and Development Associate

Playground Fun!
Playground Fun!
Feb 26, 2014

Moving Donation Platforms!

Kennedy and Kristof Water Tower
Kennedy and Kristof Water Tower

Hello Donors!

We are excited to announce that we are moving our donation platform to our own website in order to streamline our operations. We will be closing down our Global Giving platform, and we would love to direct you to our other donation platform on our website through which you can make one-time and recurring donations.

We want to sincerely thank you for your support of our clean water initiative, and we look foward to working with you in the future! If you need any assistance moving your donations or if you have any questions, we would be happy to help. Please contact me at kaylie@shininghopeforcommunities.org.

With Warm Appreciation,

Kaylie

Sep 19, 2013

National Champions!

A Pre-Kindergarten student is welcomed home!
A Pre-Kindergarten student is welcomed home!

With a student-centered and experience-based curriculum that fosters love of learning, critical thinking skills, and creativity, it comes as no surpsise: KSG students are the national champions of Kenya’s National Music and Elocution Competition!

In late spring and early summer, the girls worked tirelessly to prepare for the district level, where they performed poems and songs in both English and Kiswahili. Afterwards, we were informed that SHOFCO students won the district level, sending 13 of our 15 groups to the regional round. At regionals, two of our poetry entries from our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes advanced to the national round in Meru, Kenya. Finally, in August, they represented KSG and SHOFCO with outstanding performances of two poems written by their teachers.

Just recently, we received word that these youngest of our students not only won nationals, but also, broke the national record by scoring 95 marks out of 100. This is the second consecutive year that our students have the distinction of national champions--and we couldn't be more proud!

Enjoy this video of the girls performing one of the winning entries composed by Kindergarten teacher, Julia Alubala: “Mom is My Best Friend”.

Many thanks from the entire SHOFCO team--it is your support that makes it possible for our young, creative leaders to thrive!

National Champion Trophy
National Champion Trophy
"My Mom is My Best Friend" Performance
"My Mom is My Best Friend" Performance
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