BENEFITING: SHINING HOPE FOR COMMUNITIES
EVENT DATE: May 13, 2011
This summer, I have been given the exciting opportunity to volunteer for a wonderful registered non-profit called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). For three weeks in June and July, I will be traveling to Kibera, Kenya to work at SHOFCO's all girls school and take part in a larger program focused on curriculum development for expanding grades. Shining Hope was founded at Wesleyan in 2007 by my good friend Kennedy, and at Wesleyan, I am on the executive committee of the organization. During my time at Wesleyan, both in my classes and through my participation in SHOFCO, I have come to understand the true value of educating women in low income communities and have also become passionate about educating those around me about the benefits of cultivating a community ethos that makes women respected members of society.
Since its founding just a few short years ago, SHOFCO has developed an innovative, community-driven model to combat inter-generational cycles of poverty and gender inequality. This model is centered on a number of community programs, including an all girls school, community center, health clinic, library, and access point for clean water. Through these programs, SHOFCO helps to address severe local deficits in health care, education, sanitation, nutrition, and computer/literacy training. By investing in health and economic success through a school for girls, SHOFCO demonstrates that educating women benefits the whole community. The future of women in Kibera and similarly impoverished and patriarchal environments depends on concrete, integrated links between education and community elevation, and this is SHOFCO's mission.
Before I travel to Kenya this summer, I have a personal goal of raising at least $1,000 for Shining Hope’s projects and I need your help! I would be endlessly grateful if you would consider helping me reach my goal by donating on this page! I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my work with Shining Hope either by phone (201-421-8425) or email and if you are interested, I can also help you figure out how start a chapter or throw a fundraiser in your hometown.