Shining Hope for Communities
Kennedy Odede is founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). A former street child who lived most of his life in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum, he founded SHOFCO with savings from his $1 per day factory job. The organization now serves 70,000 program beneficiaries and is scaling across Kenya’s slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all.
Odede is an Echoing Green Fellow and member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and his opinion articles have been published by The New York Times, CNN, and Project Syndicate. His work has been featured by President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and on five occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times.
Although he was informally educated, Kennedy received a full scholarship to Wesleyan University, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.