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A Path Appears Film Screening

11146214_686356581510137_72106894860838823_nFrom Alessandra Cervera ’16:

Join SHOFCO-Wes and the Center for Film Studies for the campus premier of A Path Appears!

Featuring Shining Hope for Communities, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn’s new project explores the struggles women face and the inspiring groups working to create solutions.

Visit apathappears.org or shofco.org for more information.

Date: Tues, April 28
Time: 5-6:30 pm
Place: Powell Family Cinema

SHOFCO at Brew Bakers

From Marina King ’16shofco:

Come to Brew Bakers to enjoy breakfast, lunch and delicious coffee where you can also support SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities). Brew Bakers will give 5% of all proceeds to the Wesleyan-originated Shining Hope for Communities! Bring your mom, bring your dad, bring your entire family!

SHOFCO has created a network of community driven social services such as a health clinic, a women’s empowerment program and much more in Kibera, Kenya, one of the largest slums in Africa. They also provide support for two tuition free schools for girls in Kibera and Mathare: two slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 7AM-5PM
Place: Brew Bakers, 169 Main Street

Kennedy Odede’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Image via NY Times

Kennedy Odede ’12, President of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) and accomplished rapperwrote a powerful tribute to South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5. In the piece, Odede writes about how Mandela inspired him during his childhood in Nairobi’s Kibera slum:

I had many conversations with Nelson Mandela, although I had not met him.

In my family’s tiny shack in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, my one-way exchanges with the great man kept me going. Mandela survived 27 years of prison; maybe I would make it out, too.

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, when I was 10 years old. In Kibera, people celebrated and talk circulated the streets about this man, but I didn’t see how his story connected to mine until much later. I was struggling too hard simply to survive.

One of the great works that would hugely influence Odede’s thinking was Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”:

A visiting American gave me two books. I had never gone to formal schools, but I had learned to read and write with the help of a kind priest. The American gave me a collection of speeches by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom.” It was Mandela’s book that spoke to me. I couldn’t put it down. Here was someone whose life I could somehow picture.

For the first time in my life I saw I had a choice. I could either submit to the degradations of poverty, to the prevailing hopelessness, or I could start my own long walk.

Shining Hope for Communities Info Session


From Maeve Russell ’14:

Interested in non-profit organizations, gender inequality, education, women’s empowerment, poverty, social change….or all of the above?

Come to our information session for one of Wesleyan’s largest non-profits on campus: Tonight at 9pm in 41 Wyllys (right next to Usdan).

Where: Rm 112, 41 Wyllys
When: 9pm tonight
Why: who doesn’t want to learn about and support the only tuition-free school for girls in the entire slum of Kibera, Kenya (one of the largest slums in Africa)?

SHOFCO Benefit Brunch @ Brew Bakers

From Ari Fishman ’13:

Do you like brunch? Are you getting sick of Usdan? Do you want to help girls in Kenya become more empowered and educated?

If you answered yes to any and all of these questions, join us Saturday, November 3rd for brunch at Brew Bakers to support SHOFCO. 10% of all proceeds go to Shining Hope for Communities.

THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC AROUND LUNCHTIME FROM SOME OF THE CHILLEST AND ILLEST CAMPUS MUSICIANS like…Mel Hsu, Andrew Zingg, Jason Katz, Kelly Lee, Gabe Greenberg, and maybe even Emma Daniels!

Click here learn more about SHOFCO.

Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 7am-5pm
Place: Brew Bakers (169 Main St)

SHOFCO Photo Exhibit

SHOFCO invites you to the opening of our photo exhibit featuring photos from the Kibera School for Girls and other SHOFCO projects. The opening reception will be this afternoon (Saturday) from 3-5 in Zelnick Pavilion. Chai will be served and this will be your last opportunity before Commencement to hear Kennedy Odede ’12 speak about his experiences growing up and working in the Kibera slum. The exhibit will be showing through May 24th. Sponsored by the Adelphic Education Fund and SALD.

Date: Today, May 12
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
Place: Zelnick Pavilion
Cost: Free

SHOFCO Mother’s Day Matching Challenge

Changing the lives of women and children in honor of Mother’s Day is a powerful and meaningful alternative to buying gifts! Americans spent $16.3 billion on Mother’s Day celebrations in 2011 including flowers, cards and meals. This year, take the opportunity to ensure that Mother’s Day 2012 will have a lasting impact on the lives of women and children in Kibera! Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

Donate in honor of your mother via Shining Hope’s Global giving page & you can send a personalized tribute card.

Check out this article about it in the Hartford Courant.

Learn more on Shining Hope’s website.


Come and join the Brothers of DKE and the members of SHOFCO to hear the story behind Shining Hope for Communities. SHOFCO combats intergenerational cycles of poverty and gender inequality in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya by linking tuition-free schools for girls to essential social services for all through a holistic, community-driven approach.

Date: Today
Time: 8-9 p.m.
Place: Delta Kappa Epsilon