Community Empowerment

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.

The SHOFCO Community Center opened its doors in the summer of 2010 and has been buzzing with activity ever since, serving as a safe, productive space for youth and community members to gather and improve their lives. This space hosts our community library and computer center, from which we run computer, adult literacy and business skills classes—bridging information barriers.

The community center is also used as a meeting place a range of community groups from girls empowerment groups, to champion soccer teams, to group savings and loans groups. The center also hosts large mobilization meetings around issues that affect slum residents such as rape, violence, and lack of opportunity. By engaging all sectors of the community—men, women, and children—the Shining Hope Community Center and its programs provide critical support as slum residents lead the way to a better tomorrow for themselves, their families, and their community.