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!
Most homes in Kibera have no running water, forcing individuals to buy their water from private vendors who charge two to ten times what those living outside the slums pay for water. Often this water is not properly stored or treated, causing widespread water-borne disease.
In order to offer a safe, affordable, and convenient alternative, Shining Hope's new water point in Kibera is the slum’s largest single source of clean water. The Clean Water Project is substantially increasing our ability to provide the community water and is already bringing safe water to thousands of Kiberans everyday. Not only are we creating a more stable supply of water, but it is treated to prevent the waterborne illness we see every day at the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic.
Shining Hope is selling the clean water below the current market price to ensure those who need the water most will have access. The profits from this project will sustain the water system itself, and help to offset the operational costs of the Kibera School for Girls. This project will then grow to scale over the next year to serve more as community distribution methods are implemented.
Shining Hope is also developing a comprehensive community health and hygiene education and training for the best possible health outcomes; and implement a monitoring & evaluation process to ensure integrity and quality control.
Thank you for your continued support of the Shining Hope Clean Water Project!
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