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.
Dec 20, 2014

Merriment in Mathare!

Mitchel!
Mitchel!

As 2014 comes to a close SHOFCO is thrilled to announce that we've touched more than 50,000 lives in the slums of Kibera and Mathare, and we continue to believe that educating girls is the first step in moving an impoverished community forward.

The Kibera School for Girls (KSG) is SHOFCO’s flagship school, which opened in 2009 as Kibera’s first free primary school for girls. In 2014, KSG served 176 students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, and in January we will add 40 new students, extending KSG up through 6th grade! Already our KSG students, who have grown with the school, have a track record of academic excellence.

We are also excited to share the news that over the past few months we have scaled our innovative model of change to a new community: Mathare. In September, we launched the Mathare School for Girls, where we are already changing the lives of 84 precocious little girls like Mitchel, one of our newest Pre-K students who dreams of being both a doctor and a pilot. Mitchel, an orphan who lives with her grandmother, used to be a shy child. Since beginning school in September, however, she talks non-stop through classes and breaks, shares new knowledge with her younger sister at home, and begs to go to school on the weekends. We know that in the safe learning space of the Mathare School for Girls, Mitchel will have to have the opportunity to achieve her dreams. She is also going to have the freedom to be a little girl--to play (her favorite game is freeze tag), to create (her favorite color is purple), and to grow up strong (her favorite food is cake)! In Mitchel, we see the next generation of leaders and engines of progress for the community of Mathare--and for Kenya as a whole.

Thank you to all of our incredible supporters who made this amazing year possible! Together we are more than a school--we are a movement! 

Mitchel at the Mathare School for Girls
Mitchel at the Mathare School for Girls
May 28, 2014

Closing GlobalGiving Page

Hello Donor,

Thank you so much for being such an amazing supporter of SHOFCO!

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 GlobalGiving 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, if you have not done so already. 

Unfortunately, we cannot cancel your GlobalGiving donation on your behalf, and if you do not cancel it, your donation will start going to a general fund used by the site for other projects. Global Giving will be sending you an email shortly with instructions on how to cancel your donation. If they do not, please contact us and we will send instructions!

We want to sincerely thank you for your support of our education 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 and the SHOFCO Team

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!

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