Ninety pairs of feet will be dancing, running, hopping, skipping off to a new term of school because you donated to this cause. September 2 begins the last term of school in the Kenyan school year. After a short vacation, our students are ready to go back to classes. On August 1, Fabulous African Fabrics wired $900 in funds collected through Global Giving to buy school shoes for the children at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home.
As Manager Kris Wetah wrote us, “Friday there will be some shopping for shoes!” Imagine the happy faces.
Children who have been admitted to the orphanage within the year have led hard lives, losing parents, being beaten, never having been in school. Here are some stories Kris sent to us.
Isaack and Mainge, 9 years old siblings from Magumu Nyandarua, brought in by their aging grandmother. She has no clue on the whereabout of their parents.
Emmanuel, 10 years. He was brought in with a hand broken by other street children from Eastleign. On entrance to the orphanage the hand was treated and put in a cast, well on his way to being healed. Now he is enrolled in school for the first time in his life. As Kris wrote, “He had never seen the door to it.”
Ruth fled from her family for being sexually abused by her stepfather. She has been living with her brother Isaack on the streets of Mathare (where the orphanage is located). Hope International enrolled her in school. But they have no place for her to stay. Good Samaritan provided accommodation, bus fare and personal effects. She is now in form 2 at school with the orphanage adding to her school fees.
FAF wishes good luck and good learning to these and other children who will be very proud to go to school in their shiny new shoes.
Thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with Global Giving, your donation to the Good Samaritan Children’s Home can double on June 25 from 12:01 P.M. to June 26 at 11:59! Donate early because funds go fast. Your donation can help us meet the needs for tuition and shoes for the fall school term.
Here are the steps to follow.
For help call Laura at 727-946-5322.
The management of the Good Samaritan Children’s Home has asked us to become more aware of the times of year that they need to make big payments. We are now collecting money for the August payment to the home, when the fall term tuition and uniforms are due.
This May the orphanage and FAF scrambled to meet the summer deadline for tuition, shoes, and book bags which are a new requirement. Thanks to our successful garage sale and some money left in the Anthony Salazar Fund, we were able to get the kids in their shoes, and uniforms with a book bag on their backs, tuition paid in full.
With better planning and more donations on Bonus Days, we plan to bring more order to the scramble.
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!