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Happening Almost Right Now: First SHOFCO Meeting

Why choose between bold and ALL-CAPS when you can do like Ari Fishman ’13 and get the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS?

There’s so much to plan: this month, the school started their new term, there’s a new class of pre-kindergarten, and the gender-based violence clinic is up and running! Let alone the fact that Chelsea Clinton did a report on SHOFCO on NBC

Our first meeting of the semester will be
at 9pm
at 200 Church.

Date: Tonight, January 29
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Place: 200 Church
Cost: Free

SHOFCO Homecoming Weekend Events

Ari Fishman ’13 beams in:

Homecoming is this weekend; don’t miss out on the awesome events that the Wesleyan chapter of Shining Hope for Communities has planned for you! October 19-20th: Typhoon Fundraiser! October 20th (1:30-2:30pm): WESeminar on Social Entrepreneurship with MINDS and Brighter Dawns!

1) Typhoon (360 Main Street) will be donating 10-15% of all their proceeds made during lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday (October 19th and 20th) to SHOFCO! What an easy way to give back; just take your friends, parents, and visitors down to Main Street for dinner and make a difference in the lives of young Kenyan girls!

2) SHOFCO will be collaborating with MINDS and Brighter Dawns to present the WESeminar for Social Entrepreneurship on Saturday, October 20th from 1:30-2:30 pm at Judd Hall Rm 116! Come learn more about three amazing groups at Wesleyan which are serving the public good all over the world!  We will also be selling beautiful bracelets, bags, and kanga, made by Kenyan women through the SHOFCO Women’s Empowerment Program.

Somewhat-Belated-News of the Day: Odede and Posner on NBC Nightly News!


Rachel Gelman ’12 tipped me off about this more than a week ago, but due to [insert flimsy excuse here], I’m only posting this now: ubiquitous WesCelebs  Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jess Posner ’09 were featured on a recent episode of MSNBC Nightly News, profiling the Kibera School for Girls! (Only not at Wesleyan would Kennedy and Jess’s collaboration be labeled an “unlikely friendship”.) Check it out for a quick summary of the successes of the Kibera School and some screen time for campus star Olin Memorial Library.

[Adapted from the Wes Strategies of Leadership blog]

Shining Hope Featured on Idealist

Those of you frantically browsing Idealist.org lately for internship listings may have noticed Kennedy Odede ’12‘s picture (above) lurking in the homepage slideshow. The image links to a call for applications for the Dell Social Innovation Competition, which Odede and fellow team members Ari Tolman ’10, Leah Lucid ’10, Sammy McGowan, Emily Studer, and Sarah Marder-Eppstein won last year for work with the Shining Hope Community Center:

Shining Hope for Communities links tuition-free school for girls to accessible, income-generating social services for all to combat gender inequality in places of extreme poverty. In their innovative model, girls’ schools become portals through which attitudes toward women change as community members associate essential health and economic services with an institution dedicated to girls’ education. The Shining Hope Community Center will engage community participants through its seven multi-faceted Income-Generating Service Initiatives that use innovative technology to address the most severe local deficits in health care, sanitation, food security, and computer/literacy training.

More on Odede’s extraordinary accomplishments here, there, and everywhere.

[tip via Christian McLaren ’13]

Odede ’12 on Slum Tourism in NY Times

Kennedy Odede ’12— Shining Hope Executive Director and overall source of inspiration— wrote an Op-Ed published in yesterday’s New York Times. In it, Odede speaks out against slum tourism, which he has experienced firsthand at home in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya:

I was 16 when I first saw a slum tour. I was outside my 100-square-foot house washing dishes, looking at the utensils with longing because I hadn’t eaten in two days. Suddenly a white woman was taking my picture. I felt like a tiger in a cage. Before I could say anything, she had moved on.

When I was 18, I founded an organization that provides education, health and economic services for Kibera residents. A documentary filmmaker from Greece was interviewing me about my work. As we made our way through the streets, we passed an old man defecating in public. The woman took out her video camera and said to her assistant, “Oh, look at that.”

For a moment I saw my home through her eyes: feces, rats, starvation, houses so close together that no one can breathe. I realized I didn’t want her to see it, didn’t want to give her the opportunity to judge my community for its poverty — a condition that few tourists, no matter how well intentioned, could ever understand.

New York Times: Slumdog Tourism