International Women's Day

For International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8th, Shining Hope paired with a number of local organizations (Sita Kinya, CREAW, Kibera Women for Peace and Fairness, NSF, Liverpool VCT, CareKenya, WEL, Women's Empowerment Link) for a celebration of women in Kibera. We had a huge showing for speeches, performances (including poems and a fashion show by the girls at KSG), and dance-offs. The theme was Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.

First graders present a powerful poem about spousal abuse:

Battered woman

When are you going to learn?

He doesn’t love you

You are on your own

The beatings hurt, the scars have gone

But sooner or later you are sorely beaten

What is it going to take for you to just leave?

Why just stay there until you can’t breathe?

Battered woman


I know what you’re thinking

It’s your fault for what he’s doing

You blame yourself

Over and over again

You ask yourself “will this abuse ever end”

He’s going to keep doing it.

It’s all up to you

You just have to get the courage to move on to something new

It’s not going to be easy.

Take it one day at a time.

They have to subside and you will finally have a peace of mind.


The Kindergarten class strutting their stuff on a catwalk.