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.
First, we have a new look! See our new website: www.fafkenyanorphans.org
Second, we have a new brochure. Contact us at 727-946-5322 for your copy or a copy to give to a friend.
May 19 FAF's Annual Meeting at 1158 Kensington St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.All members may vote to nelp make decisions about the coming year. We need to make plans to meet the amount we raised last year: $10,500!
May 30, Fund Raiser at El Barrio, Michigan Street, Grand Rapids, MI. Great food and lots of fun. Put board members into "jail." Wouldn't you like to see Roger Ellis, Jill Hamilton and Laura Salazar try to get pledges to get them out? El Barrion will donate 15% of their proceeds to FAF!
Fulton Street Artisan's Market opens on June 2. Visit us at Booth #10 11:00-3:00 every other Sunday to buy our beautiful hats and toys and scarves. Proceeds go to FAF. Let's hope to have a wonderful market year, 1913.
July 13 Laura will give a paper at the IDEA conference in Paris, France. Along with Zayda Sierra she will talk about how the IDEA conference in Kissumu, Kenya in 1998 changed her life and the lives of the orphans of the Good Samaritan Home.