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.
This month, a Kenyan Daily carried an editorial detailing why a majority of children graduating from primary schools fail to attend Kenya’s national and provincial high schools. Some of the reasons provided include lack of school fees and distance from the children’s homes to school. For the children sheltered at the Good Samaritan Children Home, Nairobi, the reasons could go beyond these. Because of their plight, these children are likely to miss high school due to lack of tuition fee, school uniform, textbooks, writing materials, and school shoes. However, due to the generosity of our donors who have continued to contribute funds that have helped them acquire these requirements, the majority of kids who graduated from primary schools have been able to join high schools that recruited them this year. This means, their dreams of acquiring quality education and realizing their career goals are within reach. We cannot thank you enough!
We look forward to continue raising funds for these children who remain optimistic about their future despite their painful past experiences. This summer, friends of Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) Organization in Lansing, East Lansing, and Grand Rapids, Michigan will hold a rummage sale to raise funds for this worthy cause. We hope you can join us in this event once the details have been worked out and communicated.