With the advent of the fall season comes exciting news: SHOFCO's second water point is now fully operational!
Although the kiosk needs a fresh paint coat to reflect its newly-completed construction, we wanted to share the news as soon as possible! The potential of this new access point is not to be underestimated; with an initial reach of 178 households with an average of 4 1/2 family members, the kiosk enables us to reach 801 people in an additional locale of the Kibera community. Our deep gratitude for your support which played a huge part in the construction of this new kiosk.
Our first water source continues to nourish thousands of Kiberans. Check out our new photos from participants of our Summer Institute, a week-long summer camp for students of the Kibera School for Girls, co-designed and run by SHOFCO youth and visiting American college students.
With additional support we can continue the trend of increasing access to a clean, cheap, consistent supply of water for the citizens of Kibera.
We're growing! With the help of supporters like you, our clean water and sanitation efforts are reaching more and more Kibera residents every year.
In 2009, our clean water reached 8,878 beneficiaries. This year, by April 30, we had already reached 9,265 beneficiaries! We expect 14,000 residents to utilize our clean water services in 2013. That progress is something to celebrate!
The key to our successful impact is a holistic approach to sanitation: we provide clean, affordable water to the community through our water tower, build public restrooms throughout Kibera, and train community health workers to perform slum-wide sanitation and hygiene education campaigns. Our community health workers also refer individuals to Shining Hope’s free clinic, where they can be treated for water-borne illnesses such as typhoid and diarrhea. This integrated approach tackles Kibera’s health and sanitation challenges comprehensively and systematically.
Our efforts don't stop with success, however; our perennial goal is to maximize impact. One of our hopes is to build 2 new water kiosks that would help serve over 20,000 additional residents a year.
Your continuing support keeps Shining Hope the forefront of the effort to mitigate the water crisis in Kibera.
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 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!
Wishing you a wonderful beginning of September from all of us at Shining Hope for Communities! We are gearing up for an exciting fall, and are tremendously grateful for your continued support of our work. Enjoy the updates below and have a great Labor Day weekend!
Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic
Our clinic HIV services are currently undergoing expansion. Our clinic will soon be able to provide ARVs to children. In addition, through a partnership with the Ministry of Health and Malteser International, we will soon be able to provide comprehensive TB treatment and care.
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.
Clean Water Project
There are currently 524 households (with a total of 2,242 household members) buying water from our clean water kiosk. Over the first six months the water tower has earned a 28% profit.
Kibera School for Girls
We are thrilled to announce that Headmistress Anne Olwande has given birth to a healthy baby girl! Born on the day of our students' triumphant success at Kenya's National Poetry and Elocution Festival, Headmistress Anne's beautiful baby girl is named Aileen in honor of the poem the students performed: 'After a Bath' by Aileen Fisher.
We are enrolling a new class of students in January 2013 and are on the search for dedicated individuals, like you, who are interested in supporting of our new pre-kindergarteners. If you know anyone who would be interested in sponsoring one of our new students, please don't hesitate to put them in contact with the Director of KSG Sponsorship: email@example.com. Sponsorship support will cover education expenses (teacher salaries, school supplies and curriculum), daily nourishment (two meals/day), psychosocial support, uniforms, field trips, and primary healthcare at our Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic. Sponsor funds may also be used to cover the costs of prescription medications, eyeglasses, dental work, and even special dietary needs. Unfortunately, without sponsorship funds, these needs and others are often not met.
Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to grow our impact!
Start your birthday campaign today! Instead of birthday presents, rally your friends and family to donate on your behalf to bring hope to the lives of men, women, and children in the Kibera slum. Your birthday will help Shining Hope for Communities provide free education for Kibera's most vulnerable girls, comprehensive community healthcare, youth soccer programs, women's empowerment groups-- and much more!
Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to make a difference! Pledge to give up your next birthday for SHOFCO!
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!
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