Mia and Ronan Farrow unite with Shining Hope to build a better future
In "A Path Appears," Nicholas D. Kristof travelled with Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow to visit one of the largest slums of Africa, Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. During their journey they visited Shining Hope for Communities – an inspiring organization working for a better future for the most vulnerable girls in the community.
Activists Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Odede built a program that offers a holistic approach to Kibera's many problems opening the Kibera School for Girls and providing health services for the entire community. With Kennedy's infectious optimism and strong leadership and Jessica's organizational skills, they are reaching more and more of Kibera's residents and chipping away at the hopelessness that has for so long afflicted the region.
Educating a girl in urban slums means she will earn more and invest 90% of earnings in her family, be three times less likely to contract HIV, and have fewer, healthier children who are more likely to reach adulthood. However, the lack of access to quality healthcare and resources often prevents girls from staying in school. The lack of value placed on women and girls means many of the most vulnerable girls never start school at all. The SHOFCO model is centered around a school that provides a superior education with free healthcare, food, and psychosocial services. The school gives students the support they need to complete their education and the tools to find a path out of poverty for themselves and their families.
To learn more about Shining Hope for Communities check out shofco.org.