How one nonprofit is fighting poverty by focusing on girls’ education
Newman’s Own donates all of its profits and royalties to charity, like the nonprofit that is bringing change to Kibera, Kenya.
From an outside perspective, life in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums, looks bleak: The one million residents there have unreliable electricity, limited roads and no running water. Half of the children suffer from malnourishment, and most young girls don’t go to school. The life expectancy is a little more than 30 years old.
But a grassroots nonprofit called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is trying to change all that. The organization fights poverty and gender inequality by linking essential social services, like access to clean water and free health clinics, to a tuition-free school for girls.
“Through the Kibera School for Girls, I've learned how to be a great leader, I've learned how life is and how you can overcome the challenges that life has,” says Martha Achieng, a 12-year-old student at Kibera School for Girls student.
Today there are more than 400 girls in SHOFCO schools in Kibera and Mathare, another large Nairobi slum, and the school is expanding. And with generous support from Newman’s Own, SHOFCO also built health clinics, toilets and a 100,000-liter water tower to provide clean drinking water to the community. More than 120,000 people have been helped through these programs.
For over 30 years, Newman’s Own has helped support thousands of charitable causes and organizations, with close to half a billion dollars being donated since its founding in 1982. Every time you buy a Newman’s Own product, you start a journey toward improving someone’s life — someone like the students of Kibera School for Girls.
"Through my teachers, I've learned that everything is possible. I can now see the change coming in Kibera. We are the girls of the future, the leaders of tomorrow," Achieng adds.