Life at the Good Samaritan Children's Home is going well despite the famine in northern Kenya. Through GlobalGiving we have raised $175 for tuition--Project 6163--and $75 for shoes--Project 7377--during the month of August. In addition, the organization has raised about $400 from our sales at the Grand Rapids Artisan Market and through general donations and membership. Funds raised under these conditions are used for general support at the orphanage. If the orphanage reports a food shortage, the children can be fed from this fund.
August is membership month at Fabulous African Fabrics with fees supporting the organization's operational expenses. You can become a member of FAF by requesting a form at 1158 Kensington St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534. Members also are invited to various meetings and parties during the year and receive a quarterly newsletter.
None of the donations you make on Global Giving will be used for operations or general support for the orphanage. These funds are restriced to the above named projects.
Reports reaching us from the Good Samaritan Children's Home (GSCH) says that about twenty (20) high school teenagers identified with the GSCH have been able to purchase required school shoes, thanks to donations received so far. Mercy, the home director, says "the kids look awesome in their new school shoes". She adds that the teens are not feeling embarrassed anymore from wearing old and sometimes tattered shoes. Further, the teenagers are sure they will not be sent home from school and risk missing classes because of lacking proper shoes.
Mercy also reports that there are eight boys and one girl waiting to join high school. We are hopeful that, you, our donors will continue with your kind gestures of making more donations to ensure that these nine teenagers have school shoes and are ready to go to school come September this year, when schools open in Kenya. Thank you for all you have done so far!
REORGANIZATION: Mercy Thuo reports that there will be changes in the operation of The Good Samaritan Children’s Home. Children’s homes and orphanages will have to adjust policies to be in compliance with government rulings. The official title of children’s welfare in Kenya will change to “Charitable Children’s Institutions,” ICC, affecting the governance, organizational structure, programs and physical structures. The Good Samaritan Children’s Home will have to move into compliance by 2030. Objectives of the ICC are scholarship for basic education and vocational training, basic needs, and medical care. These are the objectives for which GSCH can accept funds. As we move forward, we will need to cooperate with the Good Samaritan Home and the Kenyan Goverment's rulings.