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SHOFCO Summer Institute Info Session Friday!

Submitted by Nathan Mackenzie ’12:

Interested in volunteering for Shining Hope for Communities at the Kibera School for Girls? Looking for a challenging, meaningful summer experience with real responsibility? Passionate about SHOFCO’s mission and work, with a commitment to learning from local leadership and empowering women and girls? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above the Summer Institute might be for you!

The Summer Institute is a highly competitive program that provides deeply motivated college students with on-the-ground experience teaching at The Kibera School for Girls, the first free school for girls in the Kibera slum, Africa’s largest slum located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Come hear more about the program and talk with past Summer Institute volunteers. Some information and the application are located here. Can’t make the session but still interested? Contact Nathan at nmackenzie@wesleyan.edu.

  • Date:  Friday, February 17
  • Time:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Place:  Usdan Multi-Purpose Room B25
  • Application:  Here

Apply for SHOFCO Summer Institute

Apply for the Shining Hope for Communities Summer Institute! The Institute is a highly competitive program that provides deeply motivated college students with on-the-ground experience teaching at The Kibera School for Girls, the first free school for girls in the Kibera slum, Africa’s largest slum located in Nairobi, Kenya. Applications are due on March 1st, and can be found here. Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) funds tuition-free education for girls in Kiberia, Kenya’s largest slum, to combat gender inequality and extreme poverty. For more information, visit SHOFCO’s website.

[SHOFCO’s Website]

First SHOFCO Meeting of the Semester — TUESDAY NIGHT!

Interested in getting involved with Shining Hope for Communities this semester? Want to learn more about The Kibera School for Girls, Kennedy Odede ’12, and what SHOFCO-Wesleyan is all about? Come to our first meeting, Tuesday (tomorrow) at 9pm in 200 Church. New members are welcome. See you there!  (Click here, too, for an interview with Odede about SHOFCO and his pending book deal.)

  • WHEN?: Tomorrow (Tuesday, 31 January) @ 9pm
  • WHERE?: 200 Church Street


Odede to write book; waxes poetic with Wesleying about it

“I have been through a lot in my life, so I have a lot to say and remember.

Student. Activist. Organizer. Philanthropist. NYT op-ed writer. NYT op-ed subject matter. One-time hip-hop producer. One-time subject of would-be hip-hop producers. Campus personality. Pine street resident.

Kennedy Odede ’12 is a composite of all these things, on top of everything else that he is. But you probably already know this, if you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled and ears open, and most importantly, if you’ve been following this blog to any capacity. If not from us, then probably from the Argus, the university’s website, Idealist.org, or even your mother. An exemplary representation of why Wesleyan possesses the granola hopey-changey do-good public persona it does, Mr. Odede as a tale and a legacy has consistently been surging upwards in the public sphere. Continuing this trend is the recent addition of two more items to his ever-increasing list of descriptors: book author and book subject. Bouncing off a strong reception to Nick Kristof’s op-ed in the New York Times, he has decided to start working on a book about his life.

No surprise, really. After all, Mr. Odede is, in and of himself, a living embodiment of the rags-to-friggin’-awesome story (a popular variant of the rags-to-riches story). Born into toughness in the slums of Kenya, he fought for social justice all the way into his early 20s, which is when a college girl from Colorado – Jessica Posner ’09 – suddenly shows up, joins him in the fight for social justice, and then transplants him to Connecticut, USA, where he continues to fight more for social justice. The narrative also has a layer of romance; to put it in Nick Kristof’s words: “And one more thing to make the story perfect: In June, after Kennedy graduates, he and Jessica plan to marry.”

That’s a book waiting to happen right there, with some crazy-ass neo-noir film adaptation – written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (or more realistically, Sean Penn as financed by Bill Clinton) – surely to follow.

On Zach’s supreme command, we here at Wesleying got in contact with him to talk about it – and he was nice enough to send a detailed email back (including the picture up there). Read on?


Shining Hope for Communities, founded by Wesleyan’s own Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09, released a music video based on the song “I Can” by Nas. Check it out here:

Featuring the sassy, smart students at the Kibera School for Girls and the man himself, Odede. (Odede does it all… but who knew he could rap too?)

Directed and edited by Paul Horton, Peter Horton ’13 and Abby Horton ’11, produced by Max Perel-Slater ’11 and Nathan MacKenzie ’12, and written by Emily Weitzman ’14.

Word on the street is that Nas approves. If you do too, post the video on your Facebook or Twitter (#ksgICAN @Nas @hope2shine).

WESEMINAR: Social Entrepreneurship At Wesleyan

Come learn more about three amazing groups at Wesleyan which are serving the public good all over the world!

Featuring members of The MINDS Foundation, Brighter Dawns, and SHOFCO-Wesleyan. Presenters: Raghu Kiran Appasani ‘12, founder and CEO of The MINDS Foundation; Tasmiha Khan ’12 and Jason Lee ’12, Brighter Dawns; Nathan Mackenzie ’12 and Emily Weitzman ’14, Shining Hope.

  • DATE: Tomorrow (Saturday), November 5th
  • TIME: 1:30pm
  • PLACE: Judd Hall, Room 116

AEPi: Rave or Die

From The Brothers of the Alpha Psi Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity:

AEPi is throwing its annual halloween rave. Dress up and prepare to dance your hearts out.

Bring your WesCards.

FREE glowsticks for the first 300 people.

DJ Dubbstep ’14 will be playing some Doombahton (Doomsday Moombahton), and DJ Nephesh ’14 will be playing some face-melting Electro. Peter Cramer ’14 will simultaneously run a live light show–complete with blacklight, lasers, strobes, and more of that tasty shit.

And everybody should donate $3 to Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO).

  • DATE: Tomorrow (Saturday, October 29th)
  • TIME: 10pm-2am
  • PLACE: 200 Church

DISCLAIMER: Upon being extensively questioned on the subject of the Rave’s Title, the Brothers would like to announce to the public at large that attendance at this rave is not necessarily guaranteed to save you from death. The Brothers have determined that there is, in fact, more than a 99% chance that you will die at some point throughout your life, regardless of whether or not you attend. But you should attend. Because you’re alive now. And you should celebrate that fact by dancing your ass off at what will be The Hella-Mad-Awesomest RaveFest You Ever Attended.

NYT’s Kristof on Odede, Posner, SHOFCO – lays framework for screenplay adaptation

This is probably old news by now (seeing as how it’s been flooding my Facebook feeds, no matter how weird-looking it is now), but Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT Op-Ed columnist Nick Kristof had a piece up last night about Kennedy Odede ’12, Jessica Posner ’09, and Shining Hope for Communities.

It’s a pretty short piece, and very sweet indeed – structured loosely as a way to let readers know where their donations have been shipped of to all this time, Kristof puts in its centerpiece the converging narratives of Odede and Posner that culminates in a good chunk of love and a whole lotta hope.

On this dreary, dreary morning that threatens to get only gloomier, this was sort of wonderful way for me to start the day. (For it has, indeed, melted my cold, black heart.)

Click here for the article.

Have a great Thursday, Weskids!

Get To Know SHOFCO!

Emily Weitzman ’14 writes:

Are you a freshman looking to get more involved at Wes? A sophomore, junior, or senior who has never gotten a chance to hear what SHOFCO is all about? Shining Hope for Communities is a non-profit organization started by Wesleyan students, with the mission of bringing education and gender equality to Kibera, Kenya, Africa’s largest slum. Check out this video for more info.

At this event, you will hear from students who have just returned from a summer teaching at the Kibera School for Girls, and students who are working hard for SHOFCO right here at Wesleyan. SHOFCO is doing big things. Come to PAC001 tomorrow at 4:30pm to learn how you can become a part of it.

DATE: TOMORROW, Friday, Sept. 9
TIME: 4:30-5:30 pm