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 1, 2012

June 2012: Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic

Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic
Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic

We're thrilled to share with you the news that Kennedy Odede, SHOFCO's co-founder and CEO, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, last weekend! Kennedy is the Kibera slum's first graduate of a prestigious American college.

Kennedy delivered Wesleyan’s senior commencement address with a riveting speech, where he shared his dream "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." His speech ended with all his fellow graduates repeating after him to “Promise to champion hope throughout the world.” We're so proud of Kennedy-- and can't thank you enough for your support of SHOFCO's work to affect deep and lasting change in Kibera.

News & Updates from the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic:

The JJJ Clinic has been bustling with activity as usual! In March, April, and May we treated on average 110 patients everyday for primary care.  

Cervical Cancer Screenings

The clinic continues to screen women every Tuesday for cervical cancer, and has been averaging 20 women screened per week. Shining Hope has partnered with the healthcare provider Aga Khan to treat those cases with progressed cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most deadly cancer for women in Africa, and also the most preventable type of cancer. Triggered by the sexually transmitted disease HPV, cervical cancer can be prevented through regular screenings, where precancerous lesions can be detected and removed. Women from Kibera are telling their family members about our screening and people have come from around Nairobi as well as upcountry to be screened.

Thank you for everything you make possible with your support!

SHOFCO Nutrition Program for healthy students!
SHOFCO Nutrition Program for healthy students!
JJJ Clinic Community Health-workers
JJJ Clinic Community Health-workers

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Jun 1, 2012

June 2012: SHOFCO Clean Water Project

The SHOFCO Water Tower!
The SHOFCO Water Tower!

Wishing you a wonderful start to a beautiful summer weekend! Thank you for your continued support of SHOFCO, and for helping us make an incredible difference in the lives of so many.

We're thrilled to share with you the news that Kennedy Odede, SHOFCO's co-founder and CEO, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, last weekend! Kennedy is the Kibera slum's first graduate of a prestigious American University.

Kennedy delivered Wesleyan’s senior commencement address with a riveting seven minute speech, where he shared his dream "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." His speech ended with his fellow graduates repeating after him to “Promise to champion hope throughout the world.”

Kennedy and co-founder Jessica Posner will marry later this month in Jessica's hometown of Denver, CO. They will then return to Kibera for the rest of the summer. To read more about their story and the founding of SHOFCO, take a look at VOGUE magazine's recent feature on SHOFCO.

SHOFCO's programs in Kibera are bustling and busy as ever! The Clean Water Project is currently serving 378 families, and has distributed over 1,167,000 liters of safe drinking water over the past 4.5 months. Construction plans are moving forward to build a second story onto the bio-latrine center, as well as a septic tank. The second story and septic tank will provide a much-needed addition to our sanitation services.

Thank you so much for your continued support of SHOFCO's Clean Water Project. SHOFCO's lasting impact would not be possible without your involvement in our movement for change. Thank you for championing change for the Kibera community!

Kennedy Odede at the Kibera School for Girls
Kennedy Odede at the Kibera School for Girls
Safe drinking water for Kibera
Safe drinking water for Kibera
Busy days at SHOFCO
Busy days at SHOFCO's Clean Water Project

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May 10, 2012

The perfect gift for Mother's Day, VOGUE magazine features SHOFCO, and a debute of new films!

Celebrating Mother
Celebrating Mother's Day! credit: Bella Zanesco

To our loyal supporters--

We're excited to share with you the recent news & updates from Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)!

 

Mother's Day Matching Challenge-- honor your loved ones with a gift that has a lasting impact

"It's time to move the apostrophe so that it becomes not just Mother's Day honoring a single mother, but Mother's Day-- an occasion to try and help mothers around the globe."
            
     - Nicholas Kristof

 

Last year, your support on Mother's Day helped us build a new school: doubling the number of students we educate in Kibera, Africa's largest slum. This year, we need your help to secure a $50,000 Mother's Day Matching Grant from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust to provide essential funding for maternal and child healthcare! All donations in honor of loved ones for Mother's Day will help us secure the matching funds.

It's a powerful and meaningful way to celebrate Mother's Day-- and will have a lasting impact on the lives of women and children in Kibera.

The perfect gift! Donate & send a tribute card to your mother, spouse, sister, or friend today!

VOGUE magazine features Jessica Posner and SHOFCO! 

The May 2012 edition of VOGUE magazine features SHOFCO Co-founder Jessica Posner. Read the feature!

InKibera.org: Our New Media Platform

Watch the inspiring stories about SHOFCO in Kibera. The films feature three extraordinary individuals: a student's father who is unwavering in his belief that girls' education will lead to a better life; the head coach of the SHOFCO soccer program who is inspiring youth to follow their dreams; and the social worker who leads the 'Shining Girls of Kibera' group that provides a space for adolescent girls to study, support each other, dance, create art, and to just be teenagers.

 

Thank you for making a difference! Your support is building a brighter future for Kibera. 

 

With appreciation,

- all of us at Shining Hope for Communities

Vogue magazine features Jessica Posner & SHOFCO!
Vogue magazine features Jessica Posner & SHOFCO!
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