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 20, 2013

Poetry at the Kibera School for Girls

Students shine at the Kibera School for Girls!
Students shine at the Kibera School for Girls!
March 2013 News & Updates
This month, the Kibera School for Girls gave a stunning performance at Kenya's National Drama Festival in our local county competition! We sent two groups to compete at the county level, and next year we hope to compete at the national level. We're proud to share with you this video of 4th grade student Eunice Akoth performing the poem 'My Dream.'

We are extremely grateful that the Kenyan presidential election on March 4th was a largely peaceful event. Our programs were closed for the week, but we have since re-opened and all of the programs are back to their everday buzz! To keep up with news about elections, and the latest stories, follow the Shining Hope for Communities newspaper, The Ghetto Mirror, through their facebook page.

Thank you for your continued support!
all of us at Shining Hope for Communities

Students enjoying the rooftop playground
Students enjoying the rooftop playground

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Feb 19, 2013

February 2013 News from SHOFCO

Kibera School for Girls celebrates Valentine
Kibera School for Girls celebrates Valentine's Day

Last month, we enrolled 40 new pre-Kindergarten students at the Kibera School for Girls (KSG), and the joy is palpable. The new students are thriving with the care of KSG's amazing teaching staff, daily nutritious meals, and world-class curriculum. 

We're proud to share this recent feature in Nairobi's Daily Nation, Kenya's leading newspaper, about Kennedy Odede and the momentum of our work-- read it here!

Today, we are celebrating your support, generosity, and dedication to making so much possible. Thank you for being a part of our movement! We're proud to share with you a few examples of our 3rd grade students’ writing about pollution, below. This is from our cross-curricular emphasis on “science writing.” 

Studying Environmental Pollution in Kibera 

The Dust That Spoils Our Rivers and Food We Eat

by Velma, 3rd grade student

Dear People,

I want to say that the factories must not throw things in our rivers. Because if we want to drink water, where will we get the water?

We must take care of ourselves and be careful. Please ensure nobody drinks the water in the drains, because we will get diseases and we will get malaria.  We must be careful with what we are eating. If we eat without washing our hands we will have germs in our bodies. We must be sure with what we are eating because the white cells in our bodies will get tired and stop working in our bodies. If we get water from the rivers we must boil it first or filtering it and putting water guard.

We must ensure we wash our hands before eating and after eating. Being clean is the best and you will always go far if you are always clean. We must be always be clean because if you are not clean who will love you and who will even eat in your house or come to your house?

If we don’t take care of our country, who will take care? Don’t sit waiting. Stand up and start making our world beautiful. And make the rivers beautiful and the roads and keep everything full of cleanliness. Don’t just sit and wait to be told. I know all of us together can make our world beautiful.

Thank you.

 

Let’s Protect the Soil in Kibera

by Lorna, Grade 3

Here in Kibera, people are polluting the soil. Other people are putting rubbish in soil so that we can’t grow our crops. We must take care of our houses also and keep them clean. We are now big people we should maintain good hygiene. If we pollute the soil, the plans wouldn’t grow well. We must not put bad things in soil because it can bring diseases. We must not put rubbish, diapers, and other torn clothes that are not useful. We must care for the plants as they are also caring for us. The seeds are being planted in soil so that we can get more plants. To make your garden beautiful we must need soil so that we can get flowers and the petals will make your garden colorful. That’s how we cannot pollute the soil. I am begging the people of Kibera to not do what is wrong. Do what is right as I have said. And I hope you have listened.

Wishing you a Happy Valetine
Wishing you a Happy Valetine's Day!
Fun on the KSG rooftop playground!
Fun on the KSG rooftop playground!

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Jan 11, 2013

Thank you for an incredible 2012!

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 past 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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