Most public schools in Kenya start their third and last semester of the year in the second week of September 2013. Second semester was hugely affected by the teachers’ strike in many public schools sending all students back to their homes. Just as all students from other schools, the children of Good Samaritan Home retreated to the only home they know under the care of their founder, Mercy Thuo and her staff. The teachers were demanding a better pay.
That aside, we have exciting news to share regarding the exemplary academic performance of children living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home(GSCH). Two of the students attending one school in Nairobi were the best performers in their classes (9th and 12 Grade respectively). The best performing student in the 9th grade was the most excellent in nine subjects including Math and Science. Above all, this student’s remarkable leadership skills had earned him a student leadership position right from the time he joined the school. In this same school, the best performing male student in 12th grade was the most outstanding student in the school scoring grade A in all subjects including Math and Science. Similarly, another female student from GSCH attending a different school was the best performer in her 12th grade final examination. The list goes on and on in regard to the commendable academic performance of the GSCH children.
Undoubtedly, we attribute these achievements to a concerted effort of the founder and staff of GSCH, donors, and partners who have made contributions towards this most worthy cause. All contributions you make go towards purchasing the items the children need for school as well as purchasing food, beddings, and other basic necessities needed in the home that make life a little comfortable for these children.
Currently, 258 children from GSCH are attending various schools in Nairobi and nearby counties. As schools open this week, the children are in need of various educational and personal items including, tuition fees, school uniform and shoes, stationeries, bus fares and other personal effects. Acquisition of these items means uninterrupted learning for the children. We most sincerely thank you for all you have done to ensure that the children remain in school throughout the school year. We request that you continue with your kind gestures of making donations. You can make your contribution for projects #s 7377 and 6163 anytime throughout the year on globalgiving.org website.
Finally, enjoy the pictures of the children from the GSCH and follow the link to a music recording of a handful of girls from the home. The music recording is part of the Diamond in the Dust project happening within the home.
Global Giving representative Farley Sawyer recently visited the Good Samaritan Children's Home in Nairobi. FAF asked Farley to make this visit and advise us how FAF can be more effecient in helping the orphanage. On July 11 we received this message from the director of the home, Mercy Thuo. Mercy's letters are always interesting and well written. This is what she reported.
We trust that all is well at your end as we write to you. We are all well at the home and we are very grateful for your support. Yes we did meet Farley. We must say that we had a wonderful time together. We also hope that she got the real picture of what we really do. Please we are looking forward for more enlightenment on what we really or precisely should be posting in our reports.
We wish you well in all your endeavors and may God richly reward you. With very kind regards, Mercy
Now we await news from Farley and her advice on how we can improve links with Global Giving and the Good Samaritan Children's Home.
Everyone is busy working at the Good Samaritan Children's Home. There is school, homework, sports, drama and play, but the staff insists on all of the children work to make the home clean and neat and effecient. Not only do the children take care of their rooms, bathrooms, beds and storage; but they also help with the on-site farm's dairy herd and a pig sty. The older girls help with the toddlers and babies, much as happens in large families.
With all of the kids pitching in, the work gets done in a hurry. These chores help the children to bond to each other and to the home itself, creating a feeling of belonging and family.
Pictured here is a young boy who is cleaning the area between two buildings.
For more information about Fabulous African Fabrics and Global Giving's work with the orphans of Mathare Slum, read our Spring Newsletter, The Cloth and the Mud which appears on our new website: www.fafkenyanorphans.org.