400 learners benefit from Shofco's Sh4m high school grant

Shofco CEO Kennedy Odede when he addressed the Sacco members in Kibera on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

More than 400 students in Kilifi North and Kilifi South constituencies received scholarship cheques worth more than Sh4 million.

The scholarship was given by Shining Hope for Communities (Shofco) CEO Kennedy Odede on Saturday after a meeting with the organisation’s urban network members.

At least 200 students from Kilifi South and another 200 in Kilifi North benefited. “When we come together, we form a powerful force,” Dr Odede said.

Joyce Mbodze, whose child benefited from the scholarship, thanked Shofco for the support. “My child will now go to school without interruption this year. God bless Shofco,” Ms Mbodze, a resident of Kaloleni, said.

The Shofco boss was joined in Kilifi North by County Secretary Mkare Arnold Jefwa, Assistant County Commissioner Reuben Maroon and Sokoni Ward MCA Gilbert Supai Peru.

“I have always heard about Shofco in Kilifi and I have come to see the owner today. I want us to work together because you have helped the people on Kilifi,” said Mr Jefwa, pledging support from the county government.

“In partnership with Shofco, we have secured 10 acres at Pwani University to be farmed by Shofco Urban Network (SUN) members,” he added.

Mr Maroon lauded Shofco’s commitment to education: “You’ve supported the government in its quest to ensure 100 per cent transition to secondary school.”

Dr Odede promised SUN members fertiliser and seeds to be used on the 10 acres donated by Pwani University. The members plan to plant maize, watermelon and cabbages.

Dr Odede urged Shofco members to maintain peace during and after elections. “Shofco is not supporting any candidate, but we need people with integrity to be elected. Voting is secret and election will come and go. Let us avoid tribalism, fighting our neighbours, and work together,” he said.

The Shofco boss intends to roll out adult literacy programme in Kilifi, build a library and train youth on income-generating activities.

Dr Odede has in the past month visited nine counties to preach peace. Shofco has also been organising sessions for communities to interrogate politicians.

Shofco started in Kibra, Nairobi. It is now in 20 counties, has won accolades, and aims to reach 40 counties in the next five years.