My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Shining Hope for Communities, New York, NY, USA
I have been volunteering with Shining Hope on a pretty consistent basis for the past six months or so, starting with a trip to Kenya for the organization's Summer Institute. My month in Kibera was one of the most challenging periods of my life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Along with 12 other college students, I worked basically as a camp counselor for the incredible students at the Kibera School for Girls. The students at KSG radiate energy and excitement, and make every day a great one. I'll never forget watching Pre-K student Elizabeth read the word "strawberry" - she struggled to sound it out at first, but got the hang of it in almost no time. It seems like a small thing, but for this 5 year old girl learning to read, it made her day - and mine too! It was difficult to adjust to living in Kenya, but Shining Hope's staff was incredibly supportive through anything and really helped make my experience incredible. The work they do is consistently inspiring and remarkable, and I support it wholeheartedly.
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Shining Hope's staff and volunteers are all incredible people making a real difference for the people of Kibera. They've also been incredibly supportive to me in my volunteer work, including helping me start a student chapter at my college.
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Make it bigger! I can't wait to see Shining Hope grow.
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