Kibera. It is the largest slum in Africa, and the place we call home.

Located in the center of Nairobi, the Kibera Slum houses 1.5 million people (nearly 50% of Nairobi’s total population) on less than 5% of Nairobi’s landmass. It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. This is where we work, sleep, laugh, and struggle for a better future. With no money—only a football, and our faith in people’s abilities to change their own lives, we built one of the largest community-run organizations in Kibera—Shining Hope for Communities. We work with more than 50,000 people through our programs focused on girls’ education, community health, economic empowerment and clean water and sanitation. We hope the stories on this site show the optimism of our community, and the power of the work we are doing together. As we look at all the services we offer and infrastructure that we have built—we know that we are here for a reason. In a life filled with hopelessness, we saw hope. We remain deeply touched and inspired by the supporters who have joined us, who believe in our vision, and who have helped us to bring hope to thousands. Together, we are making another world possible.  

Kibera School for Girls

The Kibera School for Girls (KSG) was founded in 2009 and is the slum’s first free primary school for girls. KSG uses a hands-on, student-centered curriculum to give the most disadvantaged and brightest girls the education they deserve to become engines of social and economic change.  To make the highest impact investment possible, we strategically identify both the brightest and the most at-risk girls—targeting the next generation of leaders.  ts in partnership with NYC’s premiere girls school: The Chapin School.  Recent assessments already point to unparalleled academic success: several of our 3rd grade students read at 7th and 8th grade levels.  Our fourth grade students test as #1 in our entire district!

Our school has already saved the lives of many of our students, protecting them from rape and prostitution while providing the educational foundation for a path out of the slum.  Students at The Kibera School for Girls are Kenya’s future leaders!


Community Clinic

In Kibera the average life expectancy is thirty years of age, compared with sixty years of age in the rest of Kenya. Women face additional health risks: the number one killer of women in Kibera is childbirth, and extreme gender discrimination creates strong barriers for women accessing health facilities or health information.

Our Community Clinic opened on November 17, 2010 and specializes in providing quality primary health care and offers a program focused on women and children’s health. Through our Community Health Worker program, the care we provide to the community is not limited by the clinic walls.

We treat every patient to walks through our doors with the dignity they deserve and are seeing results.  The clinic sees up to 200 patients a day—and this number is continuously on the rise.  This year, we will serve over 40,000 patients providing primary health care, antenatal care, immunizations, cervical cancer screening, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV testing and comprehensive treatment, a nutrition program and well-child monitoring.

In late 2010, a young 6-month old baby, Jevan, was brought to the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic with severe diarrhea, a condition that is too often quickly fatal and the third most common killer of children in Kenya.  Thanks to the swift and decisive actions of our skilled clinical officers and continued monitoring by our community health workers, Jevan was given life-saving treatment and is now a thriving, happy baby boy.

—It’s stories like these that drive us to continue to provide the highest quality health care possible to those who need it the most.