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SHOFCO Benefit Concert

shofcoFrom SHOFCO:

Come hear 5 great bands play at Westco Cafe this Saturday and support Shofco Wesleyan at the same time!

SHOFCO is a nonprofit started by two Wesleyan alums that provides support for two tuition free schools for girls in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. It is a grass roots program and provides a network of community driven social services such as a health clinic, a women’s empowerment program and much more!


Devonaire Ortiz & Zach Berkowitz: a short guitar/singer duo

Super Defense: A Syracuse-based lo fi, slacker, indie pop band

Mom: A band named after the person who packs your lunch. Mom has played a lot of concerts recently but still makes time for you kids, because Mom loves nothing more than to make you say “Wow I really like this band”.

Bay Faction: A young, rock trio (drums, bass, guitar/vox) of students from the Berklee School of Music

Swipe Right: “A rock-and-roll band that play sound, exuberant songs about such subjects as sleeping, not being able to sleep, turning the music down, deaf great-grandparents, and 20th-century British modernists.”

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Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Place: Westco Cafe
Cost: Suggested donation of $2

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-Wes Presents Volunteering Abroad: A Discussion on the Roles of Development


From Marina King ’16:

Is all help actually helpful? Is it possible to volunteer abroad without changing one’s profile picture to an image of one surrounded awkwardly by a BUNCH of children? Does aid BENEFIT a community, or does it more nefariously work within the neocolonial system to keep that community oppressed? WHAT is “voluntourism”?

“Voluntourism” is the practice of paying to go abroad and volunteer with a non-profit organization. As for the other questions, SHOFCO-Wes is working on the answers. Come through to talk about issues concerning volunteers abroad, western perceptions of development, and more in an engaging and informal environment. Professors (including the spectacular Robyn Autry), recent alumni, and current students will be there to discuss the inherent problems and possible solutions to these hot button topics. We’ll be looking at sociological, governmental, historical, and personal perspectives. Please stop by for a great and informative event!

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Date: Thurs, April 16
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 115

SHOFCO Summer Institute Info Session

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From Alessandra Cervera ’16:

For four weeks this summer, the teachers at Kibera School for Girls will be updating their curriculum, and too busy to teach. We need YOU to come help the school stay in session!

If you ever wanted to:
Volunteer at an educational day camp, Watch a community help itself, Care for and love some of the most amazing, intelligent girls in the world, Spend time abroad, Be involved with SHOFCO beyond buying or selling those cool bracelets, then consider applying to SHOFCO’s 2015 Summer Institute, and come to our information session!

Some of last summer’s volunteers will be there to tell you about their experiences, answer questions, and give information about the application process.

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is a non-profit organization started by Kenedy Odede of Kibera, to improve his community. Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, located next to Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to the Kibera School for Girls, SHOFCO currently runs a clinic, Youth Peer Providers program, Women’s Empowerment Program for HIV-positive women, and a clean water initiative.

Date: Sat, Feb 21
Time: 2 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Chef, Don Froot, and JDV+ at Psi U Shofco Benefit Concert

1622050_10152920331423169_5590332965649884210_nFrom Willie Molski ’17:

Psi U and SHOFCO are proud to host the hottest benefit concert of the year. The lineup features a smooth, melodic DJ set by JDV+, and the feel-good jazz band Don Froot. The concert will end with all-sophomore hiphop-funk-jazz fusion band Chef, who are playing their first show since The Mash.

Concert begins at 10pm. Tickets for the event will be sold in Usdan during lunch and dinner for $1 and at the door for $2. All proceeds go towards SHOFCO. Come enjoy some central heating and warm jams!

Date: Friday, November 21
Time: 10PM
Place: Psi U
Cost: $1 at Usdan, $2 at door

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

SHOFCO Brings You Singing Grams!


From the beautiful senior ladies of SHOFCO:

This Valentines Day…

Woo your boo! Embarrass your homie! Prank your frenemie!

Buy a Singing Gram and a Wesleyan a capella group of your choice will come serenade your loved one!

All proceeds go to Shining Hope For Communities!

Date: Tomorrow, February 13
Place: Usdan table
Time: Lunch and Dinner

Holiday Shopping with SHOFCO & SWEP: Sweeping Through Olin

shofcoA message from Maeve Russell ’14 to brighten your finals week:

Last chance to buy SHOFCO Holiday Gifts! Come take a study break and shop for your loved ones!!

Buy your family and friends some SHOFCO swag for the holiday season. Items for sale include: laptop cases, aprons, bracelets, necklackes, bags, yoga bags, tapestries, and t-shirts. All proceeds go towards both The Kibera School for Girls and SHOFCO’s Women’s Empowerment Program.

Prices are as follows:

Bracelets: $5
T-Shirts: $10-15
Wallets: $10
Aprons: $12
Bags: $15
Laptop Cases: $20
Tapestries: $20
Yoga Bags: $25

Date: Today, December 10, 2013
Time: 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: Olin

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.

SHOFCO Presents: Chapati Late Night!

From Maeve Russell ’13:

SHOFCO Chapati Late Night

It’s Thursday night. Late night to be exact. You’re either slightly inebriated, miserably plugging away at this week’s last assignment, or too tired to move after surviving yet another busy week. Whatever the case, you’re hungry. Bottom line.

You want a delicious, Indian-inspired, savory Kenyan pancake, stuffed with a decadent array of toppings. That’s right, you want LATE NIGHT CHAPATI. Good thing SHOFCO’s got you covered!

This Thursday, choose your preferred menu item below, and either pick it up from WoCoHo or have it DELIVERED to you – just EMAIL shofco[dot]chapati[at]gmail[dot]com with your order and location.


  • Banana Nutella – $3
    A classic combination of hazelnut, chocolate, and banana
  • Apple Cinnamon (Vegan!) – $3
    Warm apples in brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Huevos Rancheros – $5
    Mexican inspired, complete with spicy salsa and eggs
  • Veggies with Goat Cheese and Pesto – $5
    If you’re feelin’ fancy…
  • Plain – 2 for $3

Sponsored by the Adelphic Education Fund
All proceeds go to The Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya

When: Today (Thursday) from 9-12pm
Where: Women of Color House (227 Pine Street) OR WE CAN DELIVER TO YOU! Just email your order to shofco[dot]chapati[at]gmail[dot]com  with time and place. We’ll be there.
Price: $3-5 for some delicious and fresh Indian-inspired Kenyan pancakes. Talk about a damn good fusion