Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) is pleased to announce that Candace Hope (pictured left), a documentary photographer based in Western Massachusetts who works to promote and assist girls’ leadership initiatives globally, will participate in the the school’s annual Miriam Emerson Peters Speaker Series in Global Awareness on Thursday, March 21.

The event will be held in the Capen Room from 7-8 p.m. In a salon style forum, SBS will facilitate a collaboration between Hope and current SBS student Idah Mwongeli ’22 (pictured right), a graduate of the Kibera School for Girls (KSG) in Nairobi, Kenya. The pair will co-create a conversation about KSG and the work of the non-profit organization Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), which will include a presentation of Hope’s photography. Hope will also spend some time on campus to connect with students during the academic day.

In 2013, Hope traveled to Kibera, a division in Nairobi, Kenya, where she spent a month documenting the work of KSG and SHOFCO. KSG is a tuition-free school in the largest urban slum in Africa that is working to educate and empower girls to be leaders in their community. SHOFCO is a grassroots movement that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls.

SBS has been partnering with SHOFCO to support Mwongeli’s continued education here in the United States. Last October, Mwongeli traveled to Los Angeles on behalf of SHOFCO to join her classmates from KSG to accept the Hilton Humanitarian Prize from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The Miriam Emerson Peters Speaker Series in Global Awareness was established in 2009 to honor the memory of Miriam Emerson Peters, who dedicated her professional energies and mind to education of girls at Mary A. Burnham and Stoneleigh-Burnham schools. The mission of the series is to infuse the SBS curriculum and community with an appreciation for different cultures and to develop opportunities for cross-cultural understandings.