Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO)
Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is a grassroots movement working to alleviate poverty in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. Since 2009, the organization has implemented a community driven-approach that aims to catalyze transformation by empowering community advocacy platforms and providing water, health, and sanitation services and education access to all. A primary focus for the organization the advancement of gender equality and building long-term female leadership. SHOFCO is closing the gender gap through its Kibera School For Girls, which was commissioned by First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta this past May. The school provides free high-quality pre-kindergarten through 8th grade education and leadership development. SHOFCO's most recent initiative is Growing Girl Gurus (GGG), a mind-body therapy program for young girl survivors of gender-based violence. Propel is excited to see the impact as this program develops and as SHOFCO scales its work in three additional urban areas facing similar challenges.