Project #8777

Clean Water for the Kibera School for Girls!

by Shining Hope for Communities
Kennedy and Kristof Water Tower
Kennedy and Kristof Water Tower

Hello Donors!

We are excited to announce that we are moving our donation platform to our own website in order to streamline our operations. We will be closing down our Global Giving platform, and we would love to direct you to our other donation platform on our website through which you can make one-time and recurring donations.

We want to sincerely thank you for your support of our clean water initiative, and we look foward to working with you in the future! If you need any assistance moving your donations or if you have any questions, we would be happy to help. Please contact me at

With Warm Appreciation,


Outside the New Water Kiosk
Outside the New Water Kiosk

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. 

From the Summer Institute--Play by the Kiosk
From the Summer Institute--Play by the Kiosk
From the Summer Institute--Tower, Afternoon Light
From the Summer Institute--Tower, Afternoon Light
SHOFCO Clean Water Kiosk
SHOFCO Clean Water Kiosk

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.

Shining Hope Water Tower
Shining Hope Water Tower
The Kibera School for Girls
The Kibera School for Girls

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: 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!

SHOFCO's Women Empowerment Project



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Shining Hope for Communities

Location: Middletown, Connecticut - USA
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Shining Hope for Communities
New York, NY United States

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