At the beginning of October our third and fourth graders took a field trip to Nairobi's iHub. The iHub is the epicenter of Nairobi's growing technology scene and provides working space and support for technology organizations and entrepreneurs. One of those amazing organizations is the AkiraChix. AkiraChix is a group of Kenyan women working in ICT related jobs that uses training and mentoring to inspire and grow the number of women working in technology. When we heard about AkiraChix we thought they were such an inspiring group and reached out to them about ways we could work together. They are currently working on developing an after-school program to teach our girls in computers and technological literacy. However, they were also gracious enough to give us a tour around this amazing facility. The girls were able to meet people working in many different technological sectors -- and asked many questions. It was a wonderful experience and we know that in addition to a few doctors, lawyers, and teachers, some of our girls at KSG will grow up to be Kenya's top coders and tech experts.
While the Kibera School for Girls has produced some amazing music video remixes to popular songs in the past, we want to share with you a KSG original rap song performed by our exceptional fourth grade class!
Here's the music video for the famous KSG remix of "I Can" by Nas!
Last week, our girls took part in a beloved KSG event: Sports Day! All of the girls and their teachers went to a nearby sports field for an exciting day of activities and games. Enjoy some photos below!
On Tuesday, at the Clinton Global Initiative's (CGI) 2013 Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton, (who visited SHOFCO last year!) made an exciting announcement with Jessica and Kennedy by her side: CGI is building a partnership around our work, bringing together companies to take on different pieces of what we do and invest in our growth!
CGI's 2013 theme is Mobilizing For Impact. The initiative explores how CGI affiliates can increase effectiveness in leveraging individuals, partners, and resources. The concept is that mobilizing the right entities—and allowing them to reach their full potential—creates lasting and scalable success.
"That's what we're going to focus on this year, how we can get people together more--have more effective teams to have a bigger impact." -President Bill Clinton
At the core of CGI is an emphasis on commitments, and at SHOFCO, we are determined to fulfill ours! The charge behind this commitment was lead by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, who has committed to building hearing health infrastructure at our clinic, and bolstering our health programs. Pentair, our new corporate partner, and global water systems leader, has committed $250,000 to double our water infrastructure and will dedicate a team of expert engineers to our project!
Now, CGI is looking to add companies around the other segments of our work as part of a commitment to SHOFCO called “Build a Better Kibera.” We look forward to expanding our support network!
We are grateful for how our partners have mobilized around Shining Hope for Communities. Pentair's commitment to action will help double the number of Kibera residents who have access to clean drinking water, while enabling Shining Hope for Communities to reach its full potential. -- Chelsea Clinton - Vice Chair, Clinton FoundationThe idea behind coming to Kibera was to really listen to the community and find out what those needs are, and utilize our network and our partners to help make a greater impact. -- Steven Sawalich - Senior Executive Director, Starkey Hearing Foundation
To all of our supporters--thank you for tuning in and thank you for your continued partnership!