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.
Jan 11, 2013

Thank you for an incredible 2012!

The Kibera School for Girls
The Kibera School for Girls

Thank you for being a part of our movement for change! Together, we've brought the hope of education, healthcare, community services, and clean water to over 36,000 people in Kibera this year. 

We're proud to share with you a recent feature of SHOFCO in The New York Times by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof. Kristof and actress/activist Olivia Wilde visited us in Kibera--Watch the film from their trip to SHOFCO

Thank you for your dedication and support. In the words of our Founder, Kennedy Odede: Let me say, you who have given-- you have now made it possible for the girls in my community to dream big. Asante Sana! 

Wishing you and your family a great start to 2013!

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Nov 27, 2012

Today, we need YOU to win the Girl Effect Challenge!

Vanessa, 2nd grade student
Vanessa, 2nd grade student

Thank YOU for sparking the Girl Effect!

Your continued support and partnership is changing the lives of girls and their families in the Kibera slum. 

Today, we need you to give $10 in support of a girl, and her family, in Kibera.

Your donation to Shining Hope for Communities through our Globalgiving page is a VOTE that will help us win the Girl Effect Challenge, and an additional $25k to support our work eradicating urban poverty through girls education and integrated community services. The Challenge runs until this Friday, November 30th at 11:59 EST.

A small gift will make a big difference!

We need to rally the highest # of supporters to donate through our GlobalGiving Girl Effect page by Friday-- Donate $10 today! 

Your contribution, at any amount, will bring us one step closer to winning the Challenge. Give today, and then share this opportunity with those close to you. You can even dedicate your gift to a friend, include a personal message, and we’ll send them a beautiful card! 

Let's make it possible for girls like Vanessa, a 2nd grade student at the Kibera School for Girls, achieve her dreams of a better life for herself and her family!

The Kibera School for Girls
The Kibera School for Girls
Our wonderful students!
Our wonderful students!

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Nov 14, 2012

The Girl Effect Challenge

Bring the Girl Effect to Kibera!
Bring the Girl Effect to Kibera!

Thank you for your generous support and involvement in our movement!  

Right now, we need you to help Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) win the Girl Effect Challenge by Nov. 30th! Donate $10 and you'll bring us one vote closer to winning the Challenge-- and an additional $25k for SHOFCO's work changing the lives of girls and their families in Kibera! 

Donate $10 today to help SHOFCO win $25k in support of girls in Kibera! 

Please consider telling your friends and family about this opportunity to make a difference - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best- share with them why you chose to support SHOFCO and what it means to you.

Thank you for being a part of change! We're proud to share with you this story from Kibera, where your investment in women and girls is having an exponential impact on the entire community: 

 “With Knowledge We Are Powerful”

by Akinyi, SHOFCO Youth Empowerment Program

I was born in Kibera and have experienced so much living here.  Since I was a child I remember looking at my parents and thinking that I wanted to do something good to help my family get out of this place.  I always wanted to help those around me. Sometimes when I hear what others have gone through here, I no longer think I have a sad story to tell. 

When I finished going as far as my family could afford in school, I joined SHOFCO’s youth group.  I love the theatre department and being a reporter for the Kibera Mirror. Through theatre, we get to know each other’s ideas and opinions—it keeps us focused and away from things that can ruin our lives.  I am learning leadership.  With my new skills, I try to empower other youths to get involved so they can gain as I have.  

At SHOFCO, I have become a Youth Peer Educator.  Now I talk to other youth about family planning, protecting ourselves, safe sex, respect, and how to navigate challenges.  Other youth consult with me, and people even seek me out at home. It is amazing because I can see that people respect me.  My dream is to educate young people across all of the slums in Nairobi to empower girls and prevent early pregnancy and HIV. 

The biggest challenge the youth face in the slums is ignorance—without information your life is not your own.  I write for the Kibera Mirror to empower the community with information about things that impact them.  Last month I wrote about untrained midwives and the consequences of giving birth at home. I write because I know I can save lives.  Many women have told me they come to our clinic because they read my articles.  I do my work with all the passion that I have.  Now I can provide for myself, without my parents’ help because of my job with SHOFCO.  I know many girls like to ignore things, and don’t have information that can keep them safe.  When you give them information, they also give others—and then we can stand together to make a better future.  

The Kibera School for Girls
The Kibera School for Girls
Give a girl hope and transform the community!
Give a girl hope and transform the community!

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