SHOFCO: Educate Girls & Transform the Community!

by Shining Hope for Communities
Vanessa, 2nd grade student
Vanessa, 2nd grade student

Thank YOU for sparking the Girl Effect!

Your continued support and partnership is changing the lives of girls and their families in the Kibera slum. 

Today, we need you to give $10 in support of a girl, and her family, in Kibera.

Your donation to Shining Hope for Communities through our Globalgiving page is a VOTE that will help us win the Girl Effect Challenge, and an additional $25k to support our work eradicating urban poverty through girls education and integrated community services. The Challenge runs until this Friday, November 30th at 11:59 EST.

A small gift will make a big difference!

We need to rally the highest # of supporters to donate through our GlobalGiving Girl Effect page by Friday-- Donate $10 today! 

Your contribution, at any amount, will bring us one step closer to winning the Challenge. Give today, and then share this opportunity with those close to you. You can even dedicate your gift to a friend, include a personal message, and we’ll send them a beautiful card! 

Let's make it possible for girls like Vanessa, a 2nd grade student at the Kibera School for Girls, achieve her dreams of a better life for herself and her family!

The Kibera School for Girls
The Kibera School for Girls
Our wonderful students!
Our wonderful students!


This summer has been full of exciting progress, and we're thrilled to share with you the updates below!

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement, and contribution to our vision for girls' education, grassroots leadership, & empowered communities!

The Kibera School for Girls pre-K students win poetry competition! 

We are excited to announce that this week, students at the Kibera School for Girls competed in the National Poetry and Elocution Festival in Meru, Kenya. Their performance at regionals was outstanding and they qualified to represent the Nairobi province at the national level. They presented two set choral verses: The Monkey (By John Mbiti) and After a Bath (By Aileen Fischer). The festival was a three-day event, and we couldn't be prouder that our pre-K students won FIRST PLACE! They will soon be featured on Kenyan national television performing at the State House in front of President Kibaki. We couldn't be prouder, and are wishing them luck with their performance for the national media!

Summer Institute at the Kibera School for Girls

The Summer Institute is an immersion volunteer program that provides deeply motivated young leaders with on-the-ground teaching experience in Kibera. This year's Institute included thirteen American college students and eight local youth from Kibera. They provided one-on-one academic mentoring to our students, grades pre-K through 3rd, as well as three weeks of extracurricular workshops on topics such as dancing, painting, & sign language.

During the Institute, our teaching staff collaborated on curriculum planning with four visiting teachers from New York City's The Chapin School. We're so grateful for the amazing team of Institute volunteers and Chapin teachers who brought such a diverse mix of academic talent and creative energy to the Kibera School for Girls! 

To learn more, read the Chapin School teachers' Summer Institute blog!

Shining Hope Community Center

Through a partnership with NairoBits Trust, the SHOFCO cyber center will soon double as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training center, training our youth in employable creative multimedia skills. Nairobits has been training in ICT multimedia for ten years and has a 100% success rate in placing the youth that they train in jobs.

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.

Summer Institute Volunteers with KSG Students
Summer Institute Volunteers with KSG Students


Celebrating Mother
Celebrating Mother's Day! credit: Bella Zanesco

To our loyal supporters--

We're excited to share with you the recent news & updates from Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)!


Mother's Day Matching Challenge-- honor your loved ones with a gift that has a lasting impact

"It's time to move the apostrophe so that it becomes not just Mother's Day honoring a single mother, but Mother's Day-- an occasion to try and help mothers around the globe."
     - Nicholas Kristof


Last year, your support on Mother's Day helped us build a new school: doubling the number of students we educate in Kibera, Africa's largest slum. This year, we need your help to secure a $50,000 Mother's Day Matching Grant from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust to provide essential funding for maternal and child healthcare! All donations in honor of loved ones for Mother's Day will help us secure the matching funds.

It's a powerful and meaningful way to celebrate Mother's Day-- and will have a lasting impact on the lives of women and children in Kibera.

The perfect gift! Donate & send a tribute card to your mother, spouse, sister, or friend today!

VOGUE magazine features Jessica Posner and SHOFCO! 

The May 2012 edition of VOGUE magazine features SHOFCO Co-founder Jessica Posner. Read the feature! Our New Media Platform

Watch the inspiring stories about SHOFCO in Kibera. The films feature three extraordinary individuals: a student's father who is unwavering in his belief that girls' education will lead to a better life; the head coach of the SHOFCO soccer program who is inspiring youth to follow their dreams; and the social worker who leads the 'Shining Girls of Kibera' group that provides a space for adolescent girls to study, support each other, dance, create art, and to just be teenagers.


Thank you for making a difference! Your support is building a brighter future for Kibera. 


With appreciation,

- all of us at Shining Hope for Communities

Vogue magazine features Jessica Posner & SHOFCO!
Vogue magazine features Jessica Posner & SHOFCO!
Mother's Day gifts will be matched!


A KSG production in our new performance space!
A KSG production in our new performance space!

Dear Friends,

The beginning of January has been quite eventful (literally!) for all of us at Shining Hope for Communities. Thank you for your continued support, particularly of our program for adolescent girls, the Shining Girls of Kibera. We couldn't have won the Girl Effect Challenge without you, and we are thrilled to share with you the news & updates below to keep you informed about what's happening at Shining Hope!

US Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration, and his wife, Judy Gration, hosted an event the first week of January to honor Newman’s Own Foundation, and their support of Shining Hope for Communities. The event brought together local and international organizations, foundations, and individuals to learn about Shining Hope’s work, and to watch a stunning performance by some of the students from the Kibera School for Girls on the importance of education.

Shining Hope also hosted Ambassador Gration and Mrs. Gration for an event in Kibera, marking the official opening of Shining Hope’s new school building and water tower. The new school building expands the Kibera School for Girls, the first tuition-free school for girls in the community, and will include 22 classrooms, art and music studios, and a space for performance and community meetings. The new building effectively doubles Shining Hope's capacity to educate girls in the Kibera slum.

Shining Hope's new clean-water tower is now Kibera's largest safe-water station with a capacity of 100,000 liters. This water station will provide clean and affordable water to those who are most in need, and help to address some of the health and sanitation problems in Kibera.

And for updates on the Shining Girls group—the girls have started the New Year off in style! Over the past few weeks, they’ve been designing New Year's resolutions for the group in the year ahead, as well as setting their own personal goals. The girls have recently been practicing African dance routines and spoken poetry, and one of the group's goals for the year ahead is to make frequent performances in public forums around Nairobi. Evelyne, one of the coordinators of the Shining Girls, is helping them in every way she can-- knowing that public performance will increase the girls’ confidence and self-esteem, one of the main intentions of the Shining Girls group.

This Saturday, the Shining Girls are holding an event at a public park to engage with one another through team-building activities and further goal setting. This year--and directly because of your support--Shining Hope is paying the middle and high school fees for all the Shining Girls members, ensuring that these young women will be able to focus on their education and extracurricular interests. Thank you for your support, and for making so many opportunities possible for the Shining Girls of Kibera!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the New Year, and looking forward to being in touch again soon-- 

With much appreciation,

all of us at Shining Hope for Communities

Providing clean water to 2,000 families everyday!
Providing clean water to 2,000 families everyday!
New 100,000L clean water tower
New 100,000L clean water tower

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