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 past 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!
September Greetings from Shining Hope for Communities! We are gearing up for an exciting fall, and can't thank you enough for your continued support as we grow and expand our impact. Enjoy the updates on our programs below, and we look forward to being in touch again soon!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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!
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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!
The Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic has been bustling with activity this month! We are continuing to grow our services and outreach, and are thrilled to share with you news about how Shining Hope is working to screen for and treat cervical cancer, the most deadly cancer for women in Africa.
Shining Hope has partnered with PINCC (Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer), an organization that trains clinicians from underserved clinics in the screening and treatment of cervical cancer. In order to provide the JJJ Clinic staff with a comprehensive training program, PINCC will be visiting Shining Hope three to four times over the next two years. During these visits, PINCC will hold workshops to train our clinicians in cervical cancer screening techniques and a variety of treatment methods. When clinicians have successfully completed the training, they will be officially certified by PINCC, and PINCC will donate screening materials and treatment equipment to the JJJ Clinic.
PINCC’s work is shedding a much-needed light on cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most preventable cancer in modern medicine, and yet the most deadly cancer for women in Africa. Cervical cancer, caused by the sexually transmitted disease HPV, takes five to ten years to develop. With regular cervical screenings, precancerous lesions can be detected and removed. PINCC teaches a simple and cost-effective screening technique called VIA, visual inspection with acetic acid (vinegar). This technique, combined with chemotherapy or LEEP treatment methods, can save countless lives.
The JJJ Clinic staff is always excited to learn and the visit from PINCC has been no exception. There has been no shortage of positive feedback about PINCC’s work, teaching methods, and wonderful volunteers.
Shining Hope has enjoyed hosting PINCC and we look forward to continuing this important partnership. Thank you for your continued support of the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community, and for making a difference in the lives of so many!
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