SHOFCO is officially open in Kenya's second largest slum, Mathare! We are excited to bring our model of transformative change to a new community—starting with a free school for girls that can be seen for miles.
The Fight Against Urban Poverty Begins With a Girl
Educating a girl in urban slums means she will earn more and invest 90% of earnings in her family, be three times less likely to contract HIV, and have fewer, healthier children who are more likely to reach adulthood.
Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums by linking tuition free schools for girls to holistic services for all. Today we transform communities. Tomorrow we create the next generation of female leaders.
We believe 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 where all are able to realize their full potential.
SHOFCO’s innovation places free schools for girls in the center of holistic community services, allowing the school to become a portal for large scale social change. This approach invites both genders to be part of the solution and builds a community invested in its own future — ultimately, transforming the face of urban poverty while creating tomorrow’s leaders.
Healthcare is key to SHOFCO’s holistic approach to help build empowered, healthy generations. Our services include primary health and preventative care, pre- and postpartum care, child immunizations, comprehensive HIV care, family planning, cervical cancer screening, gender-based violence response, and a child nutrition program.
SHOFCO is dedicated to providing slum communities with the tools to create bright futures for themselves. Our community programs provide resources to further economic opportunity and advance human rights, creating space for individuals to pave personal paths out of poverty.
SHOFCO goes beyond clean, affordable water. While our 100,000 liter water tower serves as the largest access point to clean water in Kibera, our cutting edge bio-latrines, community toilets and hygiene and sanitation education initiatives define a holistic WASH approach.