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.
Aug 10, 2012

Kibera School for Girls pre-K students win poetry competition!

This summer has been full of exciting progress, and we're thrilled to share with you the updates below!

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement, and contribution to our vision for girls' education, grassroots leadership, & empowered communities!

The Kibera School for Girls pre-K students win poetry competition! 

We are excited to announce that this week, students at the Kibera School for Girls competed in the National Poetry and Elocution Festival in Meru, Kenya. Their performance at regionals was outstanding and they qualified to represent the Nairobi province at the national level. They presented two set choral verses: The Monkey (By John Mbiti) and After a Bath (By Aileen Fischer). The festival was a three-day event, and we couldn't be prouder that our pre-K students won FIRST PLACE! They will soon be featured on Kenyan national television performing at the State House in front of President Kibaki. We couldn't be prouder, and are wishing them luck with their performance for the national media!

Summer Institute at the Kibera School for Girls

The Summer Institute is an immersion volunteer program that provides deeply motivated young leaders with on-the-ground teaching experience in Kibera. This year's Institute included thirteen American college students and eight local youth from Kibera. They provided one-on-one academic mentoring to our students, grades pre-K through 3rd, as well as three weeks of extracurricular workshops on topics such as dancing, painting, & sign language.

During the Institute, our teaching staff collaborated on curriculum planning with four visiting teachers from New York City's The Chapin School. We're so grateful for the amazing team of Institute volunteers and Chapin teachers who brought such a diverse mix of academic talent and creative energy to the Kibera School for Girls! 

To learn more, read the Chapin School teachers' Summer Institute blog!

Shining Hope Community Center

Through a partnership with NairoBits Trust, the SHOFCO cyber center will soon double as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training center, training our youth in employable creative multimedia skills. Nairobits has been training in ICT multimedia for ten years and has a 100% success rate in placing the youth that they train in jobs.

Youth Peer Provider Program: Sexual Health Education 

Our partnership with Planned Parenthood International is helping to expand our Youth Peer Provider (YPP) program, which trains local youth to educate their peers about sexual and reproductive health. We've started to make plans for the expansion, which will include turning a floor of our second community center into a YPP dedicated space that will be used for youth meetings, workshops, and distribution of sexual and reproductive health information and materials.

Summer Institute Volunteers with KSG Students
Summer Institute Volunteers with KSG Students

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Jun 28, 2012

June 2012 News and Updates

Kennedy Graduates from Wesleyan University
Kennedy Graduates from Wesleyan University

Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer!

Last month, Shining Hope for Communities co-founder and CEO, Kennedy Odede, became the first person from Africa’s largest slum to graduate from a prestigious American university. Kennedy's accomplishment, and his journey from the Kibera slum to Wesleyan University, was featured in the Huffington Post, on Echoing Green's Social Innovation Blog, and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams!

At the commencement, Kennedy delivered the Wesleyan senior address with a riveting speech that ended with his peers repeating after him that they would “Promise to champion hope throughout the world." From Kennedy:

My dream is to attend a Wesleyan commencement 13 years from now, and sit where our families are today, to watch a graduate of The Kibera School for Girls accept a Wesleyan diploma, proving yet again that it does not matter where you come from—only where you want to go.

Shining Hope's work in Kibera is making it possible for many others like Kennedy to realize their dreams of education, and a better future for themselves, their families-- and for all of us. Thank you so much for your continued support of our work!

Are you traveling to Kenya? Or know of someone who is? Shining Hope needs YOUR help to bring over 400 lbs of math curriculum (textbooks and workbooks) to the Kibera School for Girls. If you’re traveling to Nairobi anytime from now through November, and aren’t using one of your two checked bag allowances, please consider taking a bag of math curriculum with you! The bags will be under 50 pounds and picked up by a Kibera School for Girls staff member at your hotel in Nairobi.

Please e-mail jack@shininghopeforcommunities.org if you can help!

Math Curriculum
Math Curriculum
Hats!
Hats!

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Jun 12, 2012

Kibera School for Girls: May 2012

Outdoor Yoga
Outdoor Yoga

The Kibera School for Girls May 2012

May 2012

Last month was a very special time for everyone at the Kibera School for Girls. The Kenyan national school system allots a two-week April break for students and teachers, but vacation can be a dangerous time for students if left on their own in Kibera. Instead, we sent our hard-working teachers off for vacation and welcomed the crew from the Africa Yoga Project to run a two week camp for the girls, filled with acrobatics, face painting, juggling, and all else circus! We hope you’ll enjoy the photos from field trips, a blog post about camp, and an interview with Papa, our circus guru for the past two weeks.View even more Circus Camp pictures on facebook!

We are still accepting audio versions of your favorite storybooks! Peruse our library catalogue and record yourself reading aloud. Silly voices are highly encouraged. Read more about our audiobooks campaign!

Mother's Day is also right around the corner, and we're excited to share the news about our Mother's Day Matching Challenge! Flowers and chocolates are fleeting, but changing the lives of women and children in honor or in memory of your mother, spouse, friends, or others is a powerful and meaningful alternative to buying gifts.  

Any contribution to Shining Hope in celebration of Mother's Day, to honor the loved ones in your life, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust. Learn more and help us make the match!

We have also launced our new media platform where you can learn about the lives changed by Shining Hope's programs--to watch some of the stories, visit the page: inkibera.org

 
Wishing you a very happy spring!
all of us at Shining Hope


Outdoor Yoga
Outdoor Yoga
Face Painting
Face Painting
Face Painting
Face Painting

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