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Shining Hope for Communities

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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Shining hope for communities believes in the urban poor, in their strength, resilience and capacity to create a better future. Through grassroots leadership, we link schools for girls to community services for all, building vibrant, gender equitable communities.

Programs: Johanna justin-jinich community clinic: shofco's community clinic is a 21-room clinic adjacent to the kibera school for girls that specializes in primary and women's and child health care. Our services include a maternal and child welfare services, a nutrition program, hiv/arv comprehensive care, pmtct, family planning, gender-based violence response, health education, and door-to-door outreach. Staffed by nurses, lab technicians, and community health workers, the clinic treats an average of 250 patients each day.

kibera school for girls: the kibera school for girls provides free superior education to 216 of kibera's brightest and most at-risk girls in kibera. At no cost, the school provides two daily meals, uniforms, school supplies, healthcare, and psychosocial support. Ksg currently serves students in pre-k to 6th grade and will expand to follow students through 8th grade, ultimately serving 400 students. The school also provides students with after-school programs and a variety of extracurricular activities that serve to provide leadership training and access to positive female role models.

the kenya program operations department supports overall program operations and provides high-level program management and support to all our programs, ensuring our programs are operating effectively and efficiently.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have contributed to and raised money for Shining Hope for Communities since their first year. It is the best run, most impactful small charity in a developing country I have ever seen--and I work with many. I have known Jessica for many years, and Kennedy since he came to the U.S. five years ago. Shining Hope for COmmunities can help provide a "cookie cutter" to replicarte their success other places. Their work is transformative. Please give! And delight your soul by learning about what they do...I play their video, "I know I can" when I am having a bad day. Elizabeth Bennett


Rating: 5

I am a member of a Dining for Women. (DiningforWomen.org) We give a grant each month to women and girls living in extreme poverty. In 2011 we gave a grant to the Kibera Girls School. And in September a group of women from Dining for Women chapters around the US will visit the school. Jessica and Kennedy - you are amazing!