During the team’s last full day in Kenya, Hull City manager Nigel Adkins and his squad met President and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities Kennedy Odede to find out more about the life-changing projects the charity is involved with in Kibera.
Kennedy is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. He was raised in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty.
While working at a factory in 2004, Kennedy saved 20 cents, purchased a soccer ball, and started the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) movement. Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum.
What a life experience today was, to be able to visit Kibera and see what amazing work @hope2shine does for people was something I will never forget. A special thanks to @KennedyOdede for guiding us, one of the biggest inspirations I have ever had the luck to meet 🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/bBXKNT2bgm
— Callum Burton (@Cal_Burton96) May 15, 2018
Although he was entirely informally educated, Kennedy speaks 6 languages and received a full-scholarship to Wesleyan University, graduating in 2012 as the Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology.
In pictures: @HullCity visit SHOFCO. In 2004, with just 20 cents and a soccer ball, @KennedyOdede started SHOFCO as a movement for the empowerment of urban youth, women and girls. Today, #SHOFCO is serving over 220, 000 people across Kenya's slums. #HullCityAtShofco pic.twitter.com/F5WemOBh32
— Ghetto Mirror (@GhettoMirror_KE) May 15, 2018
In 2010, Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, which is given to the world’s top emerging social entrepreneurs. He also won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition, wrote two Op-Eds that appeared in the New York Times, was named one of Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Our founder @KennedyOdede with the Head Teacher of Kibera School for Girls Edna Oyalla (Middle) & the Deputy Head Teacher Julia Alubala (Right) as they give @HullCity more information about the school. pic.twitter.com/f46pVJEPtk
— SHOFCO (@hope2shine) May 15, 2018
SportPesa, in conjunction with Hull City will be making a donation to SHOFCO.