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COVID-19 Support Reaches 1.35 Million People in Kenya's Slums

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) and the Mastercard Foundation have launched a partnership under the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program that is building the resilience of communities in 10 urban slums in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-month partnership of USD 970,425 started in mid-May 2020 and has since reached 249,116 households with 807,125 people. Read more

SHOFCO’s effectiveness is derived from the trust earned from communities, and they are an example for others seeking to work at the grassroots level. "True to their name, they are delivering hope, which is just as fundamental to getting us all through this crisis,” said Daniel Hailu, the Regional Head, Eastern and Southern Africa, at the Mastercard Foundation.

SHOFCO literally go door-to-door, household-to-household, person-to-person, they are delivering more than health information, medical services, sanitation supplies, or work opportunities.

Through the SHOFCO Women Empowerment Program (SWEP), the program has employed over 100 young women in liquid soap making, sanitizer packaging, and in the creation of community health workers and volunteers' identification jackets.

Naomi Jambiha, a 31-year-old mother of three is one of the over 100 women who have been making liquid soap for use in SHOFCO’s 303 hand washing stations placed in strategic entry and exit points of slums to keep the virus away.

SHOFCO is on the front lines reaching the communities that are most at-risk for exposure to COVID-19 and hardest hit by the economic fallout from the pandemic.

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