Good Samaritan Home Director Mercy Thuo and her staff reported December 30 about the new high students who start their first year in February. Because of the high marks in the national test that the children have received, The Good Samaritan Home in Mathare Slum, Nairobi tries to place them out of the slum and into boarding schools which provide a quality education.
Mercy writes: We are waiting to take new form one [freshmen] to school come February 2011. Mostly we take them to boarding schools. This is an episode which requires more money because of buying personal effects, beddings, mattresses, transport, stationary, etc.
They had good performance in their national examinations.
The boys of The Good Samaritan home help raise funds and build goodwill through garbage collection in the Mathare Slum where they live. The boys enjoy the work while the girls of the home do not like it at all. Each child in the Good Samaritan Home has duties. Some of them care for the animals the home raises to help feed the children. Often the girls work on sewing, especially helping with the school uniforms. There is always plenty of milk for the children to drink.
"Finding tuition is an uphill task." Mercy Thuo, administrator of the Good Samaritan Home in Nairobi, Kenya, told us this July that ten teens are waiting to go to high school. With 120 high school students at the Good Samaritan Home, and tuition at $1060 per child per year, the annual bill is $126,000 (US $) per year. Now we have raised over $2000 in this fund drive, only 8 children wait for you to donate so they can go to school.