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  • Locations | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    about 3 5 billion people nearly 1 billion urban poor live in informal settlements By 2030 the urban population is projected to reach 5 billion meaning two thirds of the global population will reside in cities Emerging economies like Kenya will bear the brunt of this rapid growth In this time frame their urban populations are expected to double adding 2 billion more people 1 This makes urban poverty a critical challenge In Nairobi the focal point of SHOFCO s work 60 70 of it s roughly 3 5 million population lives in informal settlements that comprise just 5 of the city s footprint 2 Those living in urban poverty are deeply vulnerable Daily challenges of urban poverty include limited access to employment and education opportunities inadequate and insecure housing violent and unhealthy environments little or no social protection mechanisms limited access to adequate health care sanitation clean affordable water Much of urban poverty is rooted in resource and capacity constraints and importantly a lack of government support The Kenyan government does not acknowledge the existence of the nation s informal settlements Residents are considered to be squatting on government land and as such are not provided with basic social

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  • Kibera | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    Kenya s government which owns the land upon which Kibera stands does not formally recognize the settlement regarding its residents as squatters Thus the people of Kibera s 13 villages are denied basic social services education healthcare and sanitation clean water electricity roads and the basic human dignity that accompanies them SHOFCO steps in to fill this gap and restore dignity to the entrepreneurial people of Kibera Life in Kibera In some of Nairobi s slum settlements more than 52 of the population is under age 25 2 43 of sexually active female adolescents living in Kibera reported that their first sexual experience was forced 3 Girls ages 10 to 19 in the Kibera slum in Nairobi are more likely to be out of school than boys 43 versus 29 and are less likely to have begun school on time 49 of girls as compared to 61 of boys beginning at age 6 or below 3 54 of women and 23 of men living in Kibera have no reliable source income 4 To obtain water unavailable to the vast majority of homes residents must purchase water from private vendors paying an average of 15 times the standard charge to non

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  • Mathare | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    true to our grassroots leadership model SHOFCO supported Mathare community mobilizers as they funded their own projects and secured land for SHOFCO infrastructure This September we opened our first SHOFCO Mathare building which houses our second free school for girls and SHOFCO Mathare s growing community programs It is through continued grassroots leadership that SHOFCO plans to grow our innovative model to change the face of urban poverty across Kenya About Mathare With an estimated population of 600 800 000 in an area approximately covering 2 km by 0 3 km Mathare is the second largest slum of Nairobi 1 Mathare faces similar challenges to Kibera deep gender inequality limited economic prospects and a lack of social services Beyond that it is characterized by gang violence rampant illegal brew and deeper dearth of external support SHOFCO is replicating our innovative model in Mathare Valley the most densely inhabited area of the Mathare slum The Mathare School for Girls will follow the same model SHOFCO uses in Kibera starting with pre school and using a world class hands on curriculum Until the school reaches capacity a portion of the building will serve as a community center to house SHOFCO Mathare s youth economic empowerment and gender groups that continue to grow with technical assistance from their counterparts in Kibera As in Kibera we will continue to build our programming around this new community keystone A clinic and clean water initiatives will follow among other services connected to the school specifically designed by the Mathare community according to its local context and highest need Life in Mathare 80 of residents report being a victim of a crime in the past year Average monthly household income in Mathare is less than KSH 8500 per month about 3 per day 87 of residents are

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  • Our Innovation | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    in turn is the key to breaking the cycles of urban poverty Our schools for girls serve as a long term investment in transformative leadership We identify and develop a generation of strong ethical community centered female leaders with the power to change their communities and country Our commitment to girls begins at the age of 4 and never ends SHOFCO is dedicated to supporting our girls through university and connecting them to opportunities to grow as leaders Grassroots A grassroots movement is one in which a community is invested and takes a leadership role in its own future Kennedy Odede s experience growing up in Kibera imparted a deep organic understanding of the realities facing urban slum dwellers He witnessed the ingenuity and industriousness of the people of Kibera amidst incredible hardships SHOFCO deeply believes in empowering a community by giving it tools and opportunities to build its own bright future With over 190 local employees who lead and implement all of SHOFCO s programs SHOFCO is the largest employer in Kibera From teachers at the Kibera School for Girls to doctors and nurses at the Community Clinic to gender based violence case workers to the youth who collect our robust community data the people of Kibera are drivers of their own community development and empowerment As we expand to new communities it is always at the invitation of local stakeholders and local leadership and drive is central Holistic Approach One isolated development initiative e g a free clinic a clean water project cannot singlehandedly lift a community out of poverty SHOFCO s model is holistic our programs tackle urban poverty through an integrated approach that recognizes the multifaceted and interconnected needs of the urban poor While our schools for girls nurture the next generation of female leaders able

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  • Monitoring & Evaluation | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    Navigation Our Innovation Monitoring Evaluation Impact Monitoring Evaluation SHOFCO is dedicated to the robust monitoring and evaluation of our programs and the inclusion of the community in this process The community identifies the focus of SHOFCO s services through annual random surveys assisted by GPS technology Since 2010 SHOFCO has annually recorded responses from 1 200 households in Kibera regarding program utilization and a wide range of indicators including attitudes on gender and family roles health care access economic indicators and education attainment The research serves two primary purposes it establishes a representative community baseline or random control group against which to measure our program outcomes and it functions as a community needs assessment helping to inform program development We conduct similar annual surveys of SHOFCO members Additionally SHOFCO provides every beneficiary with a unique ID card allowing us to document every program use through barcode scanning Bolstered by robust data through this technology we then develop services in partnership with community stakeholders Each program has an annual work plan developed by our local program managers that provides a road map for achieving the established program outcomes and annual beneficiary goals Shining Hope for Communities SHOFCO combats gender inequality and

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  • Impact | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    3 91 of program participants believe women should be treated equally to men and girls should be educated at the same rates as boys 2 73 of SHOFCO members disagree that there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten 1 Education 100 of KSG 2nd grade students read at or above a 2nd grade level compared to only 28 5 of 2nd graders nationwide in Kenya 4 On a test predicting future 8th grade performance our KSG 3rd graders had a mean score of 475 out of 500 and our 4th graders a mean score of 445 By comparison in 2013 the national 8th grade high score was 444 55 of 8th graders did not even achieve a passing score of 250 Kibera teacher student ratio 1 87 KSG ratio 1 8 Kenyan absenteeism rate 15 KSG absenteeism rate 1 Economic Community Empowerment 78 of women involved in our Economic Empowerment Programs versus 51 in Kibera and 57 in Kenya have a source of income 1 5 While 44 of married women in Kibera participate in household financial decisions 62 of women whose daughter attends the Kibera School for Girls either jointly control or spearhead household financial decisions KSG Parents that have been a SHOFCO member for 2 4 years have lower unemployment rates 5 lower more stable employment 8 lower casual labor rate and an average of 14 higher income than incoming KSG Parents 1 2 Women enrolled in our programs showed an 8 increase in employment over a 1 year period from 52 to 60 The employment rate for Kibera women as a whole is 51 1 2 Water 8 942 156 liters of clean water sold since it s opening in January 2012 1 333 households 6 665 people get their daily water at one

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  • The SHOFCO Story | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    The SHOFCO Story Kennedy Odede started Shining Hope for Communities SHOFCO in 2004 with passion 20 cents and a soccer ball Growing up in Kibera one of the largest slums in Africa he experienced extreme poverty violence lack of opportunity and deep gender inequality However Kennedy also witnessed the palpable hope that persists in slums and recognized that people sought something different for themselves their families and their communities Visionaries like Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela showed Kennedy that great systemic change can come from within Women like Kennedy s mother inspired him to build the solutions to urban poverty through addressing one if its core obstacles the prohibitive level of gender inequality In 2007 Kennedy met Jessica Posner a bright and driven American student studying abroad Together they devised the model that SHOFCO utilizes today SHOFCO s innovation is to link girls education to deeply needed community wide services This increases the value of girls and women invites both genders to participate in the solution and allows girls schools to be portals for large scale social change Kennedy and Jessica s partnership is a unique pioneering collaboration in the field of international development Bolstered by grassroots knowledge

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  • Our Team | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    employees While only program leadership are represented here we are grateful to the entire staff dedicated to making SHOFCO s programs a success Our Team Founders Kennedy Odede Founder CEO Kennedy is one of Africa s best known community organizers and social entrepreneurs He is a New York Times best selling author and the Co Chair of the Youth Panel for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity He was raised in Kibera the largest urban slum in Africa where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty Still he dreamed about changing his community More Jessica Posner Odede Co Founder COO Jessica is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur a New York Times best selling author and the co founder and COO of Shining Hope for Communities SHOFCO SHOFCO combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking schools for girls to a set of high value holistic community services for all SHOFCO will reach 100 000 people in 2016 Upon first meeting Kennedy Odede in 2007 when working with SHOFCO in Kibera as a study abroad student she became one of the first outsiders to live inside the slum a More Leadership Jordyn Wells Chief Program Officer Patrick Mungai Ngururi Operations Program Director George Okewa Administrator Peter Okoth Operations Manager Albanous Gituru Kibera Program Manager Lydiah Salome Finance Manager Antonnette Aldinne Human Resources Manager Kibera Team Debborah Odenyi Headmistress Julia Alubula Deputy Headmistress Curriculum Coordinator Solomon Odero M E Manager Virginia Mutheu Economic Empowerment Coordinator Catherine Gathura Economic Empowerment Officer Hudson Mainye ECD Coordinator Johnstone Mutua Youth Coordinator Naomi Kirui Health Services Program Officer Kenneth Asumu Procurement Manager Eunice Akinyi Sydede Inventory Manager Annerose Kibutha Opportunities Program Officer Erick Okwama SUN Coordinator Shilpa Guha Programs Liaison Fellow Mathare Team Emma Ingaiza Mathare Medical Coordinator Belinda Oluoch Mathare

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