Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

We are proud to announce we are sponsoring the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

SHOFCO is a grassroots movement that catalyses large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all community advocacy platforms, education and leadership development for women and girls.

The SHOFCO model is holistic in nature, as SHOFCO believes there is not a singular issue that causes extreme poverty, but rather a complex web of systems and barriers. SHOFCO identified and provided the services people value most like clean water, quality health care, and economic empowerment opportunities. In 2016, they served over 130,000 people in Kibera and Mathare, Kenya through their services.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton describes the work SHOFCO do in Kibera as life-changing not only for the girls who attend their school, but for their whole families and surrounding community.

The Kibera School for Girls is just one of Shining Hope for Communities projects which battle poverty in urban slums in Kenya. It provides free education for 400 girls in a safe, secure location in the middle of Africa's second largest slum. Educating girls is a catalyst for lasting, positive social and economic change in urban poverty. These are girls with great potential but limited opportunities and who otherwise would not be able to attend school. The results the school gets are phenomenal and the school is expanding with a new building. In addition to the Kenyan curriculum, the equipment that we, Daemon, have donated will allow the students to learn IT skills crucial for their employability via a computer lab. It will also allow staff to be more productive and use modern tools for managing the school.

Hecky Odero  the Director of Education sent us a great message telling us what our donation will mean to the 400 girls at KSG, now that  internet connectivity is enabled in the new school building.

“Having internet in the school will help the girls tremendously and open a whole new world of learning and opportunity. Technology and Internet in school is a great tool in terms of getting the girls working together, motivating them and ensuring collaborative learning. New technology will inspire new critical thinking in girls and will promote innovation which is key to our curriculum. Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today to our girls. This will enable them acquire 21st century key skills like decision making, problem solving, communication, cooperation and collaborative learning through internet. Internet will also allow exposure to educational software which is great tool in the learning process of our girls. We need technology and internet in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world leading to great exposure of our girls. The world's largest library will be available for our girls to research on all topics within and outside the curriculum. Give our girls a fish and you will feed them for a day; teach them to use the Internet and they will be learning independently for weeks! The Internet is so big, so powerful for our girls in this generation; it is going to be their way of life. Its ability is to help our girls in Kibera to find the right needle in a digital haystack of information. They can innovate free of any central control.

We look forward to being able share further stories from this space!