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!
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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.
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