FIRE LEADS TO SACRIFICES
Crisis seems to be the name of the game at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home in Mathare
Slum, Nairobi, Kenya. We are now wondering if the bill for tuition for the summer term can be raised.
If not, high schools students will be required to stay home for the term, again. It seems that just
yesterday we were worrying about the 78 girls who lost their possession and sleeping rooms in the
January 1st fire which kept them out of school because they didn’t have proper uniforms. Getting an
education in Kenya costs not just tuition, but uniforms, shoes, sports clothes, book bags and sweaters.
Fabulous African Fabrics was able to come to the rescue with $2600 raised through our annual
emergency fund and a birthday party celebrating Founder Laura Salazar’s 80th year.
For our small organization, this means that taking care of the fire victims sacrificed our usual
collections of monies for next term’s tuition.
But Microsoft Youth Spark Bonus Day on April 14 provides an opportunity for you to help us
solve this problem. Your donation to project 6163 will be matched at 50% providing that you donate
through GlobalGiving early on the 14th , starting at 9:00 Eastern Daylight Time until the $100,000 set
aside for matching runs out.
Our goal is to raise one half of the required tuition money, or $6500. Together we can do this
through encouraging your friends and relatives to join you in supporting this worthy cause. Encourage
them to donate a small amount—even $10.00—because prizes will be awarded to the project that
attracts the most new donors!
Keep our teens in school!
Here are our plucky girls squeezed into a narrow room where they sleep when not at boarding school.
37 girls living at the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) are in and out of school because they lack school shoes. The girls’ school shoes were among the items lost in a recent fire (January 3rd, 2015) that gutted the dormitory at the GSCH. The dorm was used by the older girls living at the Home. During this tragedy, effects including beds, beddings, school uniforms, shoes, books and certificates were destroyed. Luckily, no injuries occurred. The girls have since been relocated to a two storey semi-finished rooms that form part of the new complex the GSCH is constructing.
In this semi-finished complex, the girls spread their newly donated mattresses on the floor because there are no beds. Others are forced to sleep on the corridors because the space is quite limited. Currently, the GSCH managers are working on finding beds that would accommodate all the 37 girls. Upon completion, the new structure is hoped to provide enough space for the students’ items and homework. More so, the new complex will offer better security for the girls and ensure that future incidences such as fire are kept at bay.
Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) Organization wishes to thank all our donors for the support they have provided the GSCH children, thus far. Also, we appeal to our existing partners, friends and all who feel moved by this this tragedy to dig a little deeper, into their pockets, so we can get enough funds to replace the girls’ shoes. Without proper school, the girls’ education will continue being disrupted. We have included pictures that show the damage caused by the fire. Thank you for helping!
Fabulous African Fabrics is in contact with the Good Samaritan Children’s Home on a regular basis. Weekly, Project Director Kris Wetah informs us about what is happening, what is going well, and where help is needed.
Right now the big need is for in-home pre-school teachers. Pre-schoolers who live in the orphanage have not proved to be ready for first grade at age seven. With two official languages in the country, and numerous regional languages, spoken, children need to be fluent speakers in the official languages. They may come to the home only speaking their regional language or need special tutoring in English or Swahili. The children need to be familiar with numbers and letters, to be able to sit still during story time and follow directions, and all those other things we learned in kindergarten.
Private schools offer pre-school, but that is too expensive for the orphanage. A solution would be to hire one or two certified pre-school teachers to teach the classes at the orphanage. We know that such a project is too expensive for our small organization to provide, but we would like to find some partner organization that would help us address this problem.
On a happier note, the older children are home for their holiday, happy and well fed and preparing for the first quarter of the new school year, which you have made possible with your donations of tuition and shoes.