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.
Fabulous Afrcian Fabrics broke its last record by $500, by sending $10,500 to the Good Samaritan Children's Home in 2012. It is amounts like that which has allowed the Home to hire a social worker and other professionals making this home one of the best run in Nairobi.
FAF raised six thousand dollars on Global Giving last year. You have made this possible. Thank you so much for your generosity. In December FAF sent $1694 dollars for Project 7377, shoes for school children, and $652 for tuition, Project 6163.
The Anthony Salazar Fund, raised $1200 this winter. This money is used for emergencies as they arise at the orphanage. Last year the emergency fund was used for the special items the growing number of babies and toddlers require. Our sales of items made of African textiles also provides money for the Home. In 2012 our hatter, Lucille Ramshaw sewed 24 hats that we sold at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Artisan's Market. The coming summer will be our 14th year with a booth at the market.
Keep in mind that Bonus Day on Global Giving falls in March, and you will be hearing from us and the need for tuition money for those bright teens at the Good Samaritan Home. For more news about life in Africa and this organization check our website: www.fabulousafricanfabrics.org.
But of course the job is not done.