When I went to Kenya in 1998 I was struck by the friendliness and warmth of the Kenyan people. This is especially true of Mercy Thuo who founded the Good Samaritan Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Mercy is very grateful and gracious for the support she gets from Global Giving through Fabulous African Fabrics, always taking the time to send notes to those of us dedicated to supporting her work. Ms Thuo is the "mother" at the orphanage, organizing the every day work of the staff and children and providing them the emotional support the need so much. One only need to see Mercy move through the the building followed by 25 toddlers to know that she is their true mother.
In the early 1990s Mercy founded the orphanage when she discovered 2 homeless children and housed them in an empty bedroom. The orphanage now houses about 125 children, with the numbers fluctuating because of admissions and graduations. On the 21st of January Mercy sent this short e-mail to me which I want to share with you, because the thank you is for all of our donors and expresses the gratitude Mercy is not able to express in a formal letter through Global Giving, as she is not the project leader on our account.
Dear Laura Salazar
How are you and the entire members of FAF? We at Good Samaritan are doing fine.
We just wanted to send our lovely [loving] greetings to you and wish you a wonderful new year 2012.
Yours Mercy, staff and children
Project Director Abigael Onchiri talks about her experiences in school in Kenya. Abigael is now a Senior in East Lansing High School., East Lansing, MI.
What I remember and probably miss about education in Kenya is the school dress code particularly the school uniform. I remember with nostalgia how all students in my school looked fabulous in their uniforms. Those who did not have the required uniforms were always sent home to buy. In my former school, our uniform included a white blouse, checked black and white skirt, red sweater, and black shoes. We were also required to buy sports shoes, shorts and a T-shirt. What I did not like was when some students made fun of those who had old or torn sweaters, socks or shoes. Those students who were made fun of felt sad and sometimes cried.
On Friday, 2nd December, 2011 East Lansing High School's African Students Association (ASA club) held a colorful performance at the McDonald Middle School in East Lansing, Michigan. Those who attended had a wonderful evening of fun as ASA members staged Africa country flags, rhythms, and fashions. At the end of the evening, ASA club donated $100.00 to go towards purchasing school shoes for high school teens residing at the Good Samaritan Children Home. FAF wishes to say a big "Thank You" to the ASA club members. As you already know, $100.00 will be enough to buy ten pairs of school shoes. Thank you again ASA for your philanthropy gesture