Small Kenyan Charity Awarded $2 Million Humanitarian Prize


A small Kenyan charity wins a big prize!

A teenager dreamed of helping his people who were trapped in urban slum. He had only passion, twenty cents, and a soccer ball. In Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest slums, he set up a charity, which recently, 14 years later, receives a $2 million humanitarian award.

The non-profit organization called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) got the 2018 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize.

Kennedy Odede set up the charity in 2004; together with his now-wife Jessica Posner-Odede, the organization has grown. They developed projects that changes the lives of the people who live in the slums of Kibera. Their mission: to conquer urban poverty.


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