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.
Jun 2, 2015

Eunice in the US & Chelsea Clinton in Kenya!

Eunice performing her poem at the Summit!
Eunice performing her poem at the Summit!

The Kibera School for Girls had its first student to ever visit the United States last month, and she knocked the socks off audiences in NYC and around the world!

Women in the World invited 12-year old KSG student Eunice to come to New York to perform her poem, "My Dream," at their 6th Annual Summit. During her trip to the US, Eunice had some amazing experiences. She soaked up countless NYC sights, tried new foods, and even visited schools! One highlight occurred on Eunice's first full day in NYC: she and Nicholas Kristof interviewed each other in his office at the New York Times! He gave Eunice advice about becoming a journalist, and she told him about the struggles that many students face in Kibera.

When the big day arrived for Eunice to perform her poem, we could not have been prouder! See why by watching the inspiring poem that earned her a spontaneous standing ovation.

Spreading the same message of optimism and hope, SHOFCO's CEO Kennedy participated in an interview with Chelsea Clinton, moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, while in Morroco in May for the Clinton Global Initiative conference. They discussed how to create hope and opportunity for the next generation in Africa and the Middle East. Prepare to be inspired!

During her trip to Africa, Chelsea Clinton also came to Kenya and was thrilled to see our girls! She told our students she recognized them by their bright red sweaters! We are so grateful for her partnership and advocacy for women and girls everywhere. 

Looking for more SHOFCO reading material? We are so excited to announce that we have revamped SHOFCO's blog! Check it out for news, thoughts, and updates from the ground. Our most recent post captures the experience of visiting Kenya for the first time as a member of the SHOFCO team. Read the blog by Kaylie, our Community Officer, who visited Kenya in March and loved every second of it. 

Wishing all of our amazing supporters a wonderful start to the summer!

With warm appreciation,                                                                                   All of us at Shining Hope for Communities

Chelsea Clinton, Kennedy and KSG students!
Chelsea Clinton, Kennedy and KSG students!

Links:

Mar 17, 2015

A New School Year Begins & SHOFCO's Feature in A Path Appears!

KSG students in the A Path Appears documentary!
KSG students in the A Path Appears documentary!

The past couple of months have been huge for SHOFCO! Our feature in A Path Appears (available on iTunes) premiered on February 9th, and the response has been incredible. If you haven’t seen this amazing documentary by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, we urge you to watch the third episode and see SHOFCO’s work in action!

The recent outpouring of support has inspired and touched us, and we have never had so many donors—old and new—support us in such a short period of time. We are grateful for the powerful spotlight that A Path Appears has shone, and we can't wait for what the future holds. Know that without your support, none of this would have been possible.

In other news, we’ve begun a new school year! We are proud to introduce our newest class of 40 Pre-K girls, who started their first day at KSG on February 9th! They were welcomed with new backpacks, excited teachers, and smiling peers. KSG now has a student body of 216 girls, all of which are looking forward to another wonderful year!

Pre-K Student Feature: Pacifica

Pacifica is 5 years old and a student in Teacher Lydiah and Teacher Maureen’s class. She loves her teachers because they give her homework and they speak to her in English. When she grows up she wants to be a business owner and her favorite food is rice and potatoes. Her father works as a casual laborer in construction and her mother as a casual laborer performing domestic services, but they do not make enough money to pay school fees for their children. 

Your involvement allows us to empower, educate, and nurture minds and hearts in Kenya’s urban slums! We deeply appreciate your partnership.

Wishing you good health, happiness, and hope!

With deep appreciation,
All of us at SHOFCO

Pacifica
Pacifica

Links:

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

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $500
    give
  • $1,200
    give
  • $3,000
    give
  • $8,000
    give
  • $10,000
    give
  • $25,000
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $500
    each month
    give
  • $1,200
    each month
    give
  • $3,000
    each month
    give
  • $8,000
    each month
    give
  • $10,000
    each month
    give
  • $25,000
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Shining Hope for Communities

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Shining Hope for Communities on GreatNonProfits.org.