Over the past fifteen years, FAF has sent $103,000 to Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya, and the Good Samaritan Children’s Home. In 2010 the FAF Board voted to concentrate on supporting the orphanage because we saw the greatest need with these children. Kris Wetah of the Good Samaritan Home has written, “Through your support, GSCH has managed to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of orphans and vulnerable children in the Mathare Slums and beyond. Together we have achieved.”
Nineteen thousand dollars of the $103,000 has been raised through your generous donations to the orphanage since we became a part of Global Giving four years ago. Fifteen thousand dollars of that has gone to high school tution. You have sent 150 teens to high school. Picture a crowd of healthy kids waving and yelling “Thank you!”
Kris asks us not to sit still, the need goes on. Consider these teens who have recently be accepted into the orphanage: Benson, age 17 whose grades have gone up since joining the home, or Denis age 14, who has been raised by his aged grandmother who does not know where the parents have gone, or Francis who was brought in by her mother who is “completely unable to support any aspect of her wellbeing.” You have contributed to a quality home that saves lives and continues to open its arms to deserving children. May our partnership continue to grow and flourish.
Ninety pairs of feet will be dancing, running, hopping, skipping off to a new term of school because you donated to this cause. September 2 begins the last term of school in the Kenyan school year. After a short vacation, our students are ready to go back to classes. On August 1, Fabulous African Fabrics wired $900 in funds collected through Global Giving to buy school shoes for the children at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home.
As Manager Kris Wetah wrote us, “Friday there will be some shopping for shoes!” Imagine the happy faces.
Children who have been admitted to the orphanage within the year have led hard lives, losing parents, being beaten, never having been in school. Here are some stories Kris sent to us.
Isaack and Mainge, 9 years old siblings from Magumu Nyandarua, brought in by their aging grandmother. She has no clue on the whereabout of their parents.
Emmanuel, 10 years. He was brought in with a hand broken by other street children from Eastleign. On entrance to the orphanage the hand was treated and put in a cast, well on his way to being healed. Now he is enrolled in school for the first time in his life. As Kris wrote, “He had never seen the door to it.”
Ruth fled from her family for being sexually abused by her stepfather. She has been living with her brother Isaack on the streets of Mathare (where the orphanage is located). Hope International enrolled her in school. But they have no place for her to stay. Good Samaritan provided accommodation, bus fare and personal effects. She is now in form 2 at school with the orphanage adding to her school fees.
FAF wishes good luck and good learning to these and other children who will be very proud to go to school in their shiny new shoes.
Thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with Global Giving, your donation to the Good Samaritan Children’s Home can double on June 25 from 12:01 P.M. to June 26 at 11:59! Donate early because funds go fast. Your donation can help us meet the needs for tuition and shoes for the fall school term.
Here are the steps to follow.
For help call Laura at 727-946-5322.
The management of the Good Samaritan Children’s Home has asked us to become more aware of the times of year that they need to make big payments. We are now collecting money for the August payment to the home, when the fall term tuition and uniforms are due.
This May the orphanage and FAF scrambled to meet the summer deadline for tuition, shoes, and book bags which are a new requirement. Thanks to our successful garage sale and some money left in the Anthony Salazar Fund, we were able to get the kids in their shoes, and uniforms with a book bag on their backs, tuition paid in full.
With better planning and more donations on Bonus Days, we plan to bring more order to the scramble.