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Shining Hope for Communities combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, by linking tuition free schools for girls to accessible social services for all. Located in the center of Nairobi, the Kibera Slum houses 1.5 million people (nearly 50% of Nairobi’s total population) on less than 5% of Nairobi’s landmass. It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. This is where we work, sleep, laugh, and struggle for a better future. With no money—only a football, and our faith in people’s abilities to change their own lives, we built one of the largest community-run organizations in Kibera—Shining Hope for Communities. We work with more than 50,000 people through our programs focused on girls’ education, community health, economic empowerment and clean water and sanitation. We hope the stories on this site show the optimism of our community, and the power of the work we are doing together. As we look at all the services we offer and infrastructure that we have built—we know that we are here for a reason. In a life filled with hopelessness, we saw hope. We remain deeply touched and inspired by the supporters who have joined us, who believe in our vision, and who have helped us to bring hope to thousands. Together, we are making another world possible.
 
 
EDC 2013 is proud to partner with Shining Hope for Communities to continue the support their mission at the Kibera School for Girls and the Community Clinic.

 
 

Life in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, Kenya

 
  • The Kibera Slum of Nairobi houses 1.5 million people (nearly 50% of Nairobi’s total population) on less than 5% of Nairobi’s landmass.

  • The people of Kibera live in an area the size of Central Park.

  • It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet.

  • Life expectancy in Kibera is 30 years of age compared to 50 years of age in the rest of Kenya.

  • Half of all Kiberians are under the age of 15.

  • 1 out of 5 children in Kibera do not live to see their fifth birthdays.

  • There is no running water to most homes in Kibera. To obtain water, residents must purchase water from private vendors, paying two to ten times what is paid by a Nairobi resident outside the slums.

  • Kibera’s 1.5 million residents share 600 toilets, meaning that on average one toilet serves 1,300 people.

  • “In many parts of the world women are routinely beaten, raped, or sold into prostitution. They are denied access to medical care, education, economic and political power. Changing that could change everything” — The New York Times Magazine

  • 66% of girls in Kibera routinely trade sex for food by the age of 16. Many begin as early as age six.

  • Young women in Kibera Contract HIV at a rate 5 times that of their male counterparts.

  • Only 41 percent of boys and 32 percent of girls know that condoms are effective in preventing HIV transmission.

  • “Women’s empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality. It increases the chances of education for the next generation.” – United Nations Development Programme

  • Only 8% of girls in Kibera ever have the chance to go to school.

  • Educating a girl in places like Kibera means she will earn more, invest 90% of her earnings in her family, be 3 times less likely to become HIV positive, and have fewer, healthier children more likely to live past age 5.


 

Donation Levels/Impact for Shining Hope for Communities:

 
  • $You Decide - Personalize your donation to meet the needs of the school and your own gift level.
  • $25 School Uniform - Buys a girl her uniform and shoes
  • $50 Health Care - One person receives unlimited health care for 1 year including access to family planning, well baby services, servical cancer screening, delivery in a hosptial, and supports a patient in HIV care program for 1 year
  • $100 Enrichment - Supports after school activities for 1 girl for a year
  • $200 Youth Program - Suppports an adolescent girl in youth program for 1 year, including access to theatre, entrepreneurship training, soccer and related services
  • $1500 Builds a New Community Toilet - One toilets is shared by >1000
  • $10,000 Clean Water - Builds a new clean water kiosk
 

Shining Hope for Communities.org


We hope the stories on the organization’s site show the optimism of our community, and the power of the work we are doing together.