During my recent visit to the Good Samaritan Children home, I met Benta who passionately attributes her academic accomplishments to the home. Benta sat at a table located in one of the corners of the GSCH office. She seemed to be totally consumed in what appeared like an architectural drawing. Benta had only raised her head to say hello to me the first time I entered the office and had quickly gone back to her drawing. I couldn’t help admire her level of concentration on whatever activity she was working on.
I stole a few glances at this teenager as I waited for Mercy Thuo (the home director). My small talk with Benta revealed that she was a first year student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi. Further, Benta revealed that the university was on a break and that she was working on her end of semester project which was due in two days’ time. Benta shared that she had lived in the home since she was eight years old and that she did not know any blood related relative. According to her, GSCH is “my only home, Mercy is my mother, and all the children who live here are my brothers and sisters”. Benta passionately explained that GSCH “has been supportive to me materially, financially, academically, and spiritually”. As she put it, “I look forward to becoming a fine architect and contribute in urban planning”.
As I reflected on my talk with Benta, I felt a sense of gratitude to everyone who has put in efforts, materially or, in kind, to help teenagers like Wangeci realize their dream. One could as well conclude that the efforts put in by GSCH, donors, and other partners, has helped shape the future of teenagers such as Benta. I believe that without such support, these teenagers could be struggling so hard in life or even may have had their dreams crushed. To everyone supporting GSCH, rest assured that your contributions, big or small, are positively impacting children living at the home.
The name of the student has been changed to protect her privacy.
From Merci Thou, Director of the Home: We are very grateful to God for giving us the privilege of being a blessing to the dear little angels [nine agencies, including Global Giving and Fabulous African Fabrics who support us]. His grace abounds towards us.
The quarterly report from the GSCH tells us of 28 children are sitting for the national examination, 17 sitting for their Kenyan Certificates of Secondary Education, and 11 for their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Edcuation. Four students were ranked at the top of their individual classes; and Felix Ouma, graduate of the home's primary school, received his Bachelor's of Science degree this month! Your contributions are paying off, and the orphans are paying you back with their excellent scholarship.
Because of your generosity, FAF is able to donate $4000 to the Good Samaritan Children's Home this month. In my next letter I will tell you about a huge turn around made by little Mary Njeri, a five year old girl rescued by a community health worker who is also being helped by the orphanage.
Mercy Thuo,director of the Good Samaritan Children's Home writes us this holiday greeting:
Thank you to all my dearest friends and partners, this far you have made us proud. With you, we are confident of achieving so much towards these little ones. May God be with you, making you excel in every aspect of your lives, rewarding you faithfully.
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On December 23 Fabulous African Fabrics donated $4000 to the GSCH. $1200 of that was raised through our donors on Global Giving. During 2013 FAF gave $7000 to the orphanage, providing children with shoes, tuition and money to keep the orphanage running. With 300 mouths to feed and house, FAF partners with other donors. We have the goal of keeping teens and elementary school children in school. Our donations are paying off, as several of our orphans are in college; one recently graduated from college with a major in engineering.
During 2014 we hope to match $7000, or even give more. We are counting on you.
Best wishes for 2014 from Fabulous African Fabrics.