Essential Services

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.

We empower the community through valuable public resources including gender-based violence safe houses, early childhood development (ECD) centers, the Ghetto Mirror Newspaper, adult literacy courses and community centers which serve as meeting places and house libraries and computer labs. A total of 22,368 individuals utilized these services in 2017.

These programs allow individuals and families to make the transformation from a mode of ‘everyday survival’ to one of ‘planning for the future.’ Families are able send more children to school for longer periods of time, and increased earnings and savings contribute to improved nutrition and better living conditions, ultimately translating to a lower incidence of illness and a healthier, more productive life.

Impact in 2017

Community Centres, with traffic of 12,000 users per day

Reporting of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) increased

Children achieved their developmental milestones

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