We at Fabulous African Fabrics are very proud of the high marks our boys and girls make in academics. They also excell in the arts and athletics. Laura Salazar, founder of FAF, discovered the children of the Good Samaritan Children's Home at an international children's theatre conference in Kenya where they were performing a play. Singing together is a joyous part of the children's lives. Through the years we have been the recipient of many children's drawings which we have turned into cards and shown at art exibits in the States.
I am sharing some recent drawings we received. These are availible as cards which you may order by contacting Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GSC Home is now active on line with their website and on Facebook. We invite you to friend them on Facebook so you can get better acquainted with this superior orphanage doing excellent work in one of Kenya's notorious slums.
In past reports I have bragged about the high marks children liveing at the Good Samaritan Children's Home receive in high school. The August report from the home passed on some specifics that make me think we should have some bumper stickers created that say, "My Children are the Best Students in St. Mary's Educational Centre Lang'ata and Rubate High!"
Samuel Keziak Kogi was named "Best Boy in the School" last year at St. Mary's, earning A's in Physics, Mathematics, Biology, History, Business Studies, Chemistry, and Computer Studies, while earning A- in English and Kiswahili. Eunice Wambier was the top student at Rubate High School. With scores like that how can we turn our backs on these students and other young people in high school from the Good Samaritan Children's Home?
The orphanage is building an upper floor to the permanent block structure at the home. While this is exciting news, and the building is being paid for by The Village Care International organization; Merci Thuo, director of the home worries about how to afford bedding for the new space.
Through donating to Project 6163 and 7377 you can take some of the pressure off the need for tuition and shoes, and Mrs. Thuo can find funds for bedding.
Don't forget to donate on GlobalGiving's Bonus Day on Oct. 9, 2013 starting at one minute past midnight Eastern Daylight Time. Your donation will be matched at 30% if you get it in while there are still funds (which run out in about 4 hours).
I sign off with one of the drawings from the orphanage.
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.