In May 2014, 32 out of the 57 primary school going children living at the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH)were able to secure sponsorship from a private donor. The money donated was used to pay second term tuition for the 32 children and buy required school textbooks. However, 25 other students were not able to pay the tuition because of financial constraints. The GSCH tried to mitigate this problem by requesting the school leadership to allow the children to attend school as they make arrangements to look for the needed tuition. These students have since been allowed to continue with their schooling. The need at the home grows by day as more and more needy children are brought in. Also, the high cost of living in Kenya has seen a lot of low income families, especially those in the slums, become so desperate. As we know, when this happens, the children suffer most with some of them getting abandoned by their financially deprived parents. That is why, we at FAF and the Good Samaritan Children Home will forever thank all our donors for whatever contribution you have made. Even though we are not able to meet all the needs of these children 100%, we know that without your compassion reflected in giving, and the presence of the Home, many of them would probably not be alive. Thank you so much for all you do and especially to all who donated through the Global Giving Organization’s Matching Fund fundraising! More than US $1000.00 was raised!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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