“ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN GOT SHOES”
Oh, if that were only true! I got shoes all right, and probably you got shoes, but the kids at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home may not have shoes, or at least the shoes they need for school. Check out this picture of shoes: scuffed, opened toes, pink! Not proper for school at all. Kenyan schools demand students to have strong, leather or leather-like shoes. Oxfords would be ideal. We have pledged to provide the required footwear to all of the school aged kids. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Here’s an example of how you made that difference. Kris Wetah, a Kenyan who has been associated with the orphanage wrote about it today.
We are very grateful to Global Giving and FAF for their timely, and constant support. At the beginning of this year, fire gutted one of the girls’ dormitories: nothing was salvaged. A total of 75 girls were adversely affected, losing bedding and their entire school items. Out of this number, 57 girls in high school couldn’t report to school for the firstterm since they had no uniforms or shoes. Schools couldn’t allow them to begin the new term without the proper attire. Thanks to FAF and Global Giving for their spirited efforts, the girls got their uniforms and fifteen pairs of shoes. Within a month and few weeks we were able to see all the girls back to school in full uniforms; in fact we realized two pairs for each of them, as gym shoes are also required. You replaced shoes for 15 girls who are in their final years of high school, and soon to be in college and careers. Thank you FAF, for your determination, stretching yourselves beyond your limits to make sure our girls went back to school.
So please donate to this project. Feet grow, shoes wear out. We won’t get ahead of those needs, but you can us keep up with what the present demands.
On our minds now: Raising funds for Fall High School Tuition due August 15. In a big garage sale Laura Salazar, co-founder of FAF, who is preparing to make a big move to Lakewood, CA raised $672.90. She is very thankful not to have to haul all that stuff over the mountains. The $1270.50 raised through Global Giving this quarter brings our total to $1942.40, only a drop in the bucket for what is needed to send 120 high school students to their next term at school at $1000 each.
On Global Giving's Bonus Day July 15, we have a goal of twice that. We will be sending information out about that soon so you can join us on meeting the goal.
In the meantime, following the fire at the Goood Samaritan Children's Home, the orphanage is in a reassesment period. We await further news on that development and how it will affect the lives of the children at the home. As we wait, we point you to You Tube where there are 2 postings on life at the orphanage, showing donors giving mattresses and clothing to the children after the January 1st fire. See link below.
Many of you have asked how the orphanage is coping after the January 1 fire. Life is difficult there, but all of the children are in school and healthy. To give you a personal idea, I am presenting these reports by Kris Wehta. Your donations have been very helpful, and allowed the chids to stay in school. Without sturdy school shoes and athletic shoes the high schools do not let children study. It was touch and go for some time.
Luckily Laura's 80th birthday provided an opportunity for her friends and relatives to honor her with donations to Fabulous African Fabrics. $1200 was raised. During this year FAF has donated $4600 to the children.
Here is Kirs' description of conditions.
ASSESSMENT OF FIRE DAMAGE BY KRIS WEHTA, MARCH 29, 2015:
(Italics are quotes from Kris. The rest is summary by Salazar)
ROOMS: The girls are housed in two makeshift rooms. It’s worth noting that these rooms had been serving this noble purpose of sheltering our children since the 2001. The labor to fix the damage is a total of $1,260 U.S. At the time of writing, nothing has been done in an attempt to re-construct the two rooms. The affected children are sleeping on the floor in the yet to be completed permanent building.
BEDDING: Fourteen double decker beds are needed. None have been replaced to this effect as per now, and the entire group of girls is sleeping on the floors. (Replacement value $1,806.) Twenty eight mattresses were replaced by the Chandaria Foundation, a Kenyan NGO, along with flour, cooking oil, rice, sugar and toilet paper.
SCHOOL ITEMS REPLACED: One Hundred fourteen pairs of uniforms for fifty seven girls in two secondary schools catered (paid) by FAF. Fifty pairs uniforms for the first group of 25 girls, who had been kept out of school without them. Transport for the girls to school. Sixty pairs of uniforms for the second group of girls. Fifty seven pairs of sweaters. Transport to schools paid by FAF. Shoes, socks and school bags have not been replaced.
SCHOOL CENSUS: Presently there are 65 students in Rubate High School in Chuka, Meru, Kenya and 60 students at St Mary’s high school in Langata, Nairobi.
Message sent Sunday, April 18
SHOES: We are still scratching our head over the shoe matter. We sent $900 to cater for the whole group of 57[girls]. The schools wrote to us insisting that they must report them to the authorities and possibly dismiss them from school, and then they need around $5000 for the next term’s fees. This will take some straightening out, a common problem in Kenya.