Shining Hope Organization (SHO) is a charitable organization founded in the year 2006. It was founded by Collins Odhiambo Agwanda while he was still in high school. His action to form the organization was impelled by first- hand knowledge experience of the day to day challenges
experienced by disadvantaged children in the Kisumu slums. These were mainly challenges relating to reliable and affordable access to water, health and quality education. The founder, therefore, started SHO by mobilizing another volunteer to work alongside him in attempting to
address the challenges identified in the slums of Kisumu and his home village - Otonglo village.
To this day, the 2 volunteers continue to run SHO. They are gradually winning more and more support from among the target communities and individuals as well as corporate sponsors. The support has been spurred by benefits arising from SHO’s flagship projects which include the Victoria Talent and Sports Academy (VTSA) which comprises Victoria Tennis Academy and Elora Academy (EA). VTA and EA have both demonstrated commendable results, evidenced by the performance of their students/trainees both on the tennis court and in the classroom.
This has provided new supporters with a convincing preview of SHO’s long term vision of ‘A bright future and productive lives and for OVCs in Western Kenya’s slums and villages’.
So despite the formation of the organization having been a response to the plight of orphans and vulnerable children in slums and villages in Kisumu City-Kenya, SHO is already transcending the borders of Kisumu County to other parts of Western Kenya and beyond.