Teens at the Good Samaritan Children's Home are bringing the performing arts to the Mathare Slum. Using African dance, theatre art and aerobic activities, the teens entertain school audiences and children gathered in the streets. The shows provide funds for the home, challenging and wholesome activities for the orphans, and fun for the community. GSCH volunteer, Paul Mwaura plans to document their work with the new camera Fabulous African Fabrics has purchased. Soon these pictures will be found in a report to you on Global Giving. Paul is going to make CDs of the children's project available for sale in Kenya, and we hope in the US.
There is a long history of performance at the Good Samaritan Children's Home, as the founder of FAF first met the orphans at an international youth theatre conference in Kissumu, Kenya in 1998. The chance meeting lead to the the development of this NGO.
Quality shoes are required for children attending school in Kenya. This is for reasons of health, protecting the children from disease, dirt and cuts. Good shoes also add to moral in the classroom. Having a pair of polished shoes in good condition is also a tradition of the British school system. (Kenya was a British colony for many years.) In England I saw a head master line up his students to inspect their shoes, chastising those students with scuffed or worn footwear.
Fabulous African Fabris sponsors several garage sales each year to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Children's Home. This year we appealed to friends, church members, and Rotarians to donate their shoes to the cause. The funds raised from the sale of the shoes was donated to project 7377. Spike heels, running shoes, sandals, oxfords and boots ran out the garage door in Lakewood, CA. At $2.00 each pair, FAF raised $50.00 for the project, providing 5 new pairs of shoes for the children at the school. Now new intake children and those who have worn out or outgrown their shoes will not have to wait to have a completed school uniform and can join the others in class.
The Teens from The Good Samaritan Children's Home attend several different secondary schools: public schools, trade schools, and boarding schools. Boarding schools are located away from Nairobi and offer teens a superior education. This is good for educational goals, but somewhat leaves the children on their own. During visiting days parents are encouraged to visit. Since the children have no parents, this produces a lonely time for the teen. Director of the Good Samaritan Home, Mercy Thuo states that the Home tries to send a person the teen knows to visit the school and child, but with workers so busy and scarce, this is a rare occurrence. We would like to provide volunteers who could become pen pals of these children and/or volunteer at The Good Samaritan Home, freeing a worker to make a visit to the child's school.