On October 11th, the Kibera School for Girls and the Kibera community joined together to recognize and celebrate the rights and value of girls for the very first International Day of the Girl Child. View photos from the celebration!
We are proud to have your support in our movement for change! While we are closing this particular project page in order to consolidate our presence on Globalgiving, we encourage you to migrate your support to Shining Hope for Communities' Girl Effect Project Page. The Challenge starts on November 1st (next week!) and we need you to rally the highest number of grassroots supporters to help us win $25k to grow our impact! Tell your friends & family to support the Girl Effect in Kibera by making any level of contribution on our Girl Effect Project Page. Every donation counts!
This Fall, our work empowering girls & their familes is featured by Half the Sky Movement, a campaign inspired by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Nicholas Kristof and Half the Sky Celebrity Advocate Olivia Wilde make a visit to SHOFCO! WATCH the FILM >>
We're proud to share with you the poem below from Vanessa, a 2nd grade student at the Kibera School for Girls:
I am VanessaI am as brave as a lionI work hard to achieve my dream of becoming a doctorI am a flowerI make your garden full with beautiful colorsI am the happiest girl in The Kibera School for GirlsWhatever I am, I am always happy because I knowEven if I am by myselfThere is somebody who cares for me and loves meI am beautifulI love how I was createdI am the Grumpy BearI always know your feelingsI make your dreams come trueI am brave because I look forward to my education successI am enormous because everyone in The Kibera School for Girls knows meAnd even there are some people around the area who know meI am a little angelI fly to help other people surviveI am the windI give you fresh airI am the sunI make your crops growI am specialI work hard for my teachers and parentsI am as brown as the sunI am shiningI am a human beingI am the playful girl in The Kibera School for GirlsI am graceful, hopeful, and lovelyI am the most brilliant girl in the whole wide worldI AM ME!
The Kibera School for Girls 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
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