In May 2014, 32 out of the 57 primary school going children living at the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH)were able to secure sponsorship from a private donor. The money donated was used to pay second term tuition for the 32 children and buy required school textbooks. However, 25 other students were not able to pay the tuition because of financial constraints. The GSCH tried to mitigate this problem by requesting the school leadership to allow the children to attend school as they make arrangements to look for the needed tuition. These students have since been allowed to continue with their schooling. The need at the home grows by day as more and more needy children are brought in. Also, the high cost of living in Kenya has seen a lot of low income families, especially those in the slums, become so desperate. As we know, when this happens, the children suffer most with some of them getting abandoned by their financially deprived parents. That is why, we at FAF and the Good Samaritan Children Home will forever thank all our donors for whatever contribution you have made. Even though we are not able to meet all the needs of these children 100%, we know that without your compassion reflected in giving, and the presence of the Home, many of them would probably not be alive. Thank you so much for all you do and especially to all who donated through the Global Giving Organization’s Matching Fund fundraising! More than US $1000.00 was raised!
Facebook has made it possible for us to know more about the everyday life at the Good Samaritan Children's Home. Recently we heard this booster message:
March 17--Thank you all for your support, and being a blessing to this great family of Good Samaritan, we love you.
Four days later we received this cry for help.
March 21--With our small truck broken down, and hauled into the garage for over a week now, we are in real and urgent need. The animals have no feeds, hence not enough milk [is being procuced], which means, we have no income for our daily errands!!!
Fabulous African Fabrics immediately replied to find out how we could help and currently await their reply.
Our Global Giving projects for tuition and shoes don't cover the truck or the farm at the orphanage, but everything affects everything when it comes to the home's budget.
I will address the orphanage's farm at a later time. The cows and pigs provide income for the home, and encourages the children's work ethic, and satisfied their love for animals.
During my recent visit to the Good Samaritan Children home, I met Benta who passionately attributes her academic accomplishments to the home. Benta sat at a table located in one of the corners of the GSCH office. She seemed to be totally consumed in what appeared like an architectural drawing. Benta had only raised her head to say hello to me the first time I entered the office and had quickly gone back to her drawing. I couldn’t help admire her level of concentration on whatever activity she was working on.
I stole a few glances at this teenager as I waited for Mercy Thuo (the home director). My small talk with Benta revealed that she was a first year student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi. Further, Benta revealed that the university was on a break and that she was working on her end of semester project which was due in two days’ time. Benta shared that she had lived in the home since she was eight years old and that she did not know any blood related relative. According to her, GSCH is “my only home, Mercy is my mother, and all the children who live here are my brothers and sisters”. Benta passionately explained that GSCH “has been supportive to me materially, financially, academically, and spiritually”. As she put it, “I look forward to becoming a fine architect and contribute in urban planning”.
As I reflected on my talk with Benta, I felt a sense of gratitude to everyone who has put in efforts, materially or, in kind, to help teenagers like Wangeci realize their dream. One could as well conclude that the efforts put in by GSCH, donors, and other partners, has helped shape the future of teenagers such as Benta. I believe that without such support, these teenagers could be struggling so hard in life or even may have had their dreams crushed. To everyone supporting GSCH, rest assured that your contributions, big or small, are positively impacting children living at the home.
The name of the student has been changed to protect her privacy.