Project #9615

Shining Hope for Communities

by Shining Hope for Communities
You are supporting our students & their families!
You are supporting our students & their families!

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 Me”  

I am Vanessa
I am as brave as a lion
I work hard to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor
I am a flower
I make your garden full with beautiful colors
I am the happiest girl in The Kibera School for Girls
Whatever I am, I am always happy because I know
Even if I am by myself
There is somebody who cares for me and loves me
I am beautiful
I love how I was created
I am the Grumpy Bear
I always know your feelings
I make your dreams come true
I am brave because I look forward to my education success
I am enormous because everyone in The Kibera School for Girls knows me
And even there are some people around the area who know me
I am a little angel
I fly to help other people survive
I am the wind
I give you fresh air
I am the sun
I make your crops grow
I am special
I work hard for my teachers and parents
I am as brown as the sun
I am shining
I am a human being
I am the playful girl in The Kibera School for Girls
I am graceful, hopeful, and lovely
I am the most brilliant girl in the whole wide world

Handprints on the Kibera School for Girls walls
Handprints on the Kibera School for Girls walls
High-quality comprehensive care at our Clinic
High-quality comprehensive care at our Clinic
With Knowledge We Are Powerful!
With Knowledge We Are Powerful!


Outdoor Yoga
Outdoor Yoga

The Kibera School for Girls May 2012

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:

Wishing you a very happy spring!
all of us at Shining Hope

Outdoor Yoga
Outdoor Yoga
Face Painting
Face Painting
Face Painting
Face Painting



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Shining Hope for Communities

Location: Middletown, Connecticut - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Shining Hope for Communities
Project Leader:
Katherine Kitfield Bascom
Middletown, CT United States

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