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  • George Okewa | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    Team Board of Directors Kenya Advisory Board Join the Team Awards Partners Reports George Okewa Administrator In Kibera George is a well known and respected community organizer and activist After graduating from high school George continued to educate himself despite his families inability to afford further education He attended seminars in community health organizing and development He has organized around issues of labor injustice unemployment and the government s denial of services to the people of Kibera In 2004 George began working with Kennedy start a grassroots organization founded and run by the people of Kibera George has since led slum wide sanitation and anti violence campaigns In 2006 George founded Kibera s own grassroots security organization to protect and serve residents as the police do not work inside the slum George s work has received widespread acclaim attracting the attention of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga George believes that raising women is central to changing Kenyan society and the lives of all people in Kibera He also believes that for such change to take place men and women must work together for equality education and justice He lives in Kibera with his wife and two children Contact Us New

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/george-okewa (2016-04-28)
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  • Godfrey Waka | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    was born and raised in Mathare He struggled to find food and was forced to turn to petty thievery in order to eat He saw his friends attacked for stealing and worked hard to find a construction job He wanted to help other youth stay away from thievery and other dangers so he started a youth group Together the group was able to work and save their money but they

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/godfrey-waka (2016-04-28)
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  • Jessica Posner Odede | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    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 and was deeply moved by the struggles facing the Kibera community During Kenya s 2007 post election crisis Jessica urged Kennedy to apply to U S universities When Kennedy joined Jessica at Wesleyan University fulfilling his own dreams of an education they co founded Shining Hope for Communities in 2009 That year she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in African American Studies She won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named America s top world changer 25 and under live on VH1 Jessica also received the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship She is the youngest alumnae in the history of the institution to receive Wesleyan University s Distinguished Alumni Award Jessica and her husband Kennedy recently

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/jessica-posner-odede (2016-04-28)
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  • Jordyn Wells | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    SHOFCO College Chapters SHOFCO Leadership Council Contact Find Me Unafraid Blog Videos Press Shop Donate View Site Navigation The SHOFCO Story People Our Team Board of Directors Kenya Advisory Board Join the Team Awards Partners Reports Jordyn Wells Chief Program Officer Jordyn manages SHOFCO s monitoring and evaluation program and the continued development of SHOFCO s Kenyan operations and management systems After graduating from Bard College in 2006 Jordyn joined Do Something a New York based national non profit that inspires and supports young people changing the world As Do Something s Chief Program Officer she provided young people with the funds and training to start and grow their own community action projects and non profit organizations managing the distribution over of 400 grants annually including the Do Something Awards a televised awards show on Vh1 In the fall of 2010 Jordyn left Do Something and traveled to East Africa to consult on metrics and evaluation and program development for several non profit organizations including SHOFCO In 2013 Jordyn achieved a MSW at Columbia University Contact Us New York 175 Varick St 5th Floor New York NY 10014 860 218 9854 info shofco org Nairobi Headquarters in Gatwakera Kibera P

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/jordyn-wells (2016-04-28)
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  • Julia Alubula | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    Institute School 2 School Partners SHOFCO College Chapters SHOFCO Leadership Council Contact Find Me Unafraid Blog Videos Press Shop Donate View Site Navigation The SHOFCO Story People Our Team Board of Directors Kenya Advisory Board Join the Team Awards Partners Reports Julia Alubula Deputy Headmistress Curriculum Coordinator Julia has been an outstanding kindergarten instructor for KSG since it opened its doors in 2009 She holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education She has developed incredible skills to create a truly child centered classroom by incorporating creative lesson planning into all subjects including spelling and math Julia loves art and serves as the KSG Art Club Director Outside of work she takes care of her four sons and her younger brother and likes to sing in her church choir and do handcrafts like beadwork Julia s dreams include developing a curriculum that will be used to improve the quality of education nationwide and living to more than 100 years so she has the chance to meet her great great grandchildren Contact Us New York 175 Varick St 5th Floor New York NY 10014 860 218 9854 info shofco org Nairobi Headquarters in Gatwakera Kibera P O Box 8303 00200 254 732058126

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/julia-alubula (2016-04-28)
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  • Kennedy Odede | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    saved 20 cents purchased a soccer ball and started the Shining Hope for Communities SHOFCO movement Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum Although he was entirely informally educated Kennedy received a full scholarship to Wesleyan University becoming one of Kibera s first to receive an education from an American liberal arts institution He graduated in 2012 as the Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship which is given to the world s top emerging social entrepreneurs He won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition wrote two Op Eds that appeared in the New York Times was named one of Forbes 2014 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative His work has been featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky by Chelsea Clinton and Maria Menounos on NBC by President Bill Clinton and on multiple occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times Kennedy speaks six languages is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow He splits his time between Nairobi and New York City Select Awards Speaking Engagements and Published Works Business Daily s Top 40 Men Under 40 Kenya 2014 The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy 2014 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship People s Choice Winner Social Entrepreneur 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award 2014 Transform Kenya Rookie of the Year 2014 Terrorism s Fertile Ground New York Times 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival Panelist Future Megacities and the Fate of Millions Communities that Thrive 2014 Global Philanthropy Forum Speaker Conferring Dignity while Leveraging Demographic Change 2014 Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs List 2014 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow 2013 Huffington

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/kennedy-odede (2016-04-28)
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  • Lydiah Salome | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    Lydiah Salome Finance Manager Lydiah is the Finance Manager for SHOFCO She received training through a Kenyan accounting course and is a CPA Lydiah chose to pursue accounting because she loves working with figures and dealing with logic Besides balancing budgets which she adores Lydiah enjoys music and playing games She hopes for SHOFCO to become an international organization and dreams for the Kibera community to be in a position

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/lydiah-salome (2016-04-28)
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  • Patrick Mungai Ngururi | Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO)
    Kenya Advisory Board Join the Team Awards Partners Reports Patrick Mungai Ngururi Operations Program Director Patrick is the Operations and Program Director at SHOFCO s headquarters in Nairobi He has over 18 years of international NGO experience leading the design and implementation of development programs in the areas of child rights governance health HIV and AIDS livelihood and general humanitarian interventions Additionally Patrick has over 10 years of experience creating Monitoring and Evaluation systems for various organizations such as USAID CIDA Care International Plan International and UNICEF Before his career in nonprofit work Patrick completed the Kenya A Levels in 1981 at Tindinyo Senior Seminary and then became the first Head Master of Mau Summit Mission Secondary School a school he grew from 10 to 200 pupils In 1983 Patrick attended Nairobi University and graduated with a BA in Economics Following university Patrick was employed by the Ministry of Economic Planning as an Economist and he was then sponsored by the Kenyan Government for a post graduate course at Nairobi University to study Econometrics Development Economics International Economics planning techniques and development strategies Finally Patrick completed a Master of Public Health at Kenyatta University specifically majoring in Public Policy and

    Original URL path: http://www.shofco.org/person/patrick-mungai-ngururi (2016-04-28)
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