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.
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

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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

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