“ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN GOT SHOES”
Oh, if that were only true! I got shoes all right, and probably you got shoes, but the kids at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home may not have shoes, or at least the shoes they need for school. Check out this picture of shoes: scuffed, opened toes, pink! Not proper for school at all. Kenyan schools demand students to have strong, leather or leather-like shoes. Oxfords would be ideal. We have pledged to provide the required footwear to all of the school aged kids. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Here’s an example of how you made that difference. Kris Wetah, a Kenyan who has been associated with the orphanage wrote about it today.
We are very grateful to Global Giving and FAF for their timely, and constant support. At the beginning of this year, fire gutted one of the girls’ dormitories: nothing was salvaged. A total of 75 girls were adversely affected, losing bedding and their entire school items. Out of this number, 57 girls in high school couldn’t report to school for the firstterm since they had no uniforms or shoes. Schools couldn’t allow them to begin the new term without the proper attire. Thanks to FAF and Global Giving for their spirited efforts, the girls got their uniforms and fifteen pairs of shoes. Within a month and few weeks we were able to see all the girls back to school in full uniforms; in fact we realized two pairs for each of them, as gym shoes are also required. You replaced shoes for 15 girls who are in their final years of high school, and soon to be in college and careers. Thank you FAF, for your determination, stretching yourselves beyond your limits to make sure our girls went back to school.
So please donate to this project. Feet grow, shoes wear out. We won’t get ahead of those needs, but you can us keep up with what the present demands.
Many of you have asked how the orphanage is coping after the January 1 fire. Life is difficult there, but all of the children are in school and healthy. To give you a personal idea, I am presenting these reports by Kris Wehta. Your donations have been very helpful, and allowed the chids to stay in school. Without sturdy school shoes and athletic shoes the high schools do not let children study. It was touch and go for some time.
Luckily Laura's 80th birthday provided an opportunity for her friends and relatives to honor her with donations to Fabulous African Fabrics. $1200 was raised. During this year FAF has donated $4600 to the children.
Here is Kirs' description of conditions.
ASSESSMENT OF FIRE DAMAGE BY KRIS WEHTA, MARCH 29, 2015:
(Italics are quotes from Kris. The rest is summary by Salazar)
ROOMS: The girls are housed in two makeshift rooms. It’s worth noting that these rooms had been serving this noble purpose of sheltering our children since the 2001. The labor to fix the damage is a total of $1,260 U.S. At the time of writing, nothing has been done in an attempt to re-construct the two rooms. The affected children are sleeping on the floor in the yet to be completed permanent building.
BEDDING: Fourteen double decker beds are needed. None have been replaced to this effect as per now, and the entire group of girls is sleeping on the floors. (Replacement value $1,806.) Twenty eight mattresses were replaced by the Chandaria Foundation, a Kenyan NGO, along with flour, cooking oil, rice, sugar and toilet paper.
SCHOOL ITEMS REPLACED: One Hundred fourteen pairs of uniforms for fifty seven girls in two secondary schools catered (paid) by FAF. Fifty pairs uniforms for the first group of 25 girls, who had been kept out of school without them. Transport for the girls to school. Sixty pairs of uniforms for the second group of girls. Fifty seven pairs of sweaters. Transport to schools paid by FAF. Shoes, socks and school bags have not been replaced.
SCHOOL CENSUS: Presently there are 65 students in Rubate High School in Chuka, Meru, Kenya and 60 students at St Mary’s high school in Langata, Nairobi.
Message sent Sunday, April 18
SHOES: We are still scratching our head over the shoe matter. We sent $900 to cater for the whole group of 57[girls]. The schools wrote to us insisting that they must report them to the authorities and possibly dismiss them from school, and then they need around $5000 for the next term’s fees. This will take some straightening out, a common problem in Kenya.
37 girls living at the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) are in and out of school because they lack school shoes. The girls’ school shoes were among the items lost in a recent fire (January 3rd, 2015) that gutted the dormitory at the GSCH. The dorm was used by the older girls living at the Home. During this tragedy, effects including beds, beddings, school uniforms, shoes, books and certificates were destroyed. Luckily, no injuries occurred. The girls have since been relocated to a two storey semi-finished rooms that form part of the new complex the GSCH is constructing.
In this semi-finished complex, the girls spread their newly donated mattresses on the floor because there are no beds. Others are forced to sleep on the corridors because the space is quite limited. Currently, the GSCH managers are working on finding beds that would accommodate all the 37 girls. Upon completion, the new structure is hoped to provide enough space for the students’ items and homework. More so, the new complex will offer better security for the girls and ensure that future incidences such as fire are kept at bay.
Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) Organization wishes to thank all our donors for the support they have provided the GSCH children, thus far. Also, we appeal to our existing partners, friends and all who feel moved by this this tragedy to dig a little deeper, into their pockets, so we can get enough funds to replace the girls’ shoes. Without proper school, the girls’ education will continue being disrupted. We have included pictures that show the damage caused by the fire. Thank you for helping!
IT’S ONLY SHOES, BUT THEY KEEP KIDS HEALTHY, HAPPY AND IN SCHOOL
Today I bring you an example of Kris Wetch’s busy life keeping the children and teens at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home in shoes. Not only do feet grow, and shoes wear out, but there are what Kris calls those “mischievous ones” who steal shoes from their fellow students, and those absent minded ones who lose a shoe here and there. Any parent out there can attest to these problems.
In January of this year Kris bought 48 pairs of shoes at 2000k each (approximately $1056 US dollars). Eighteen pairs of these went to the new first year high school students. Thirty were distributed to the teens in the second and fourth year who needed replacements. Sports shoes are required at the high school level, making it necessary for 18 new pairs for the first year students.
For health and safety, the Kenyan schools demand that students come to class in good shoes. Kris purchased 104 pairs of shoes in August, costing 84,000k, or $924 in US dollars. You can see that your donations to Globalgiving’s Project 7377 is filling a real need—keeping the 260 children at the orphanage in school walking, running, dancing and playing so they grow strong in body, mind and spirit.
Ninety pairs of feet will be dancing, running, hopping, skipping off to a new term of school because you donated to this cause. September 2 begins the last term of school in the Kenyan school year. After a short vacation, our students are ready to go back to classes. On August 1, Fabulous African Fabrics wired $900 in funds collected through Global Giving to buy school shoes for the children at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home.
As Manager Kris Wetah wrote us, “Friday there will be some shopping for shoes!” Imagine the happy faces.
Children who have been admitted to the orphanage within the year have led hard lives, losing parents, being beaten, never having been in school. Here are some stories Kris sent to us.
Isaack and Mainge, 9 years old siblings from Magumu Nyandarua, brought in by their aging grandmother. She has no clue on the whereabout of their parents.
Emmanuel, 10 years. He was brought in with a hand broken by other street children from Eastleign. On entrance to the orphanage the hand was treated and put in a cast, well on his way to being healed. Now he is enrolled in school for the first time in his life. As Kris wrote, “He had never seen the door to it.”
Ruth fled from her family for being sexually abused by her stepfather. She has been living with her brother Isaack on the streets of Mathare (where the orphanage is located). Hope International enrolled her in school. But they have no place for her to stay. Good Samaritan provided accommodation, bus fare and personal effects. She is now in form 2 at school with the orphanage adding to her school fees.
FAF wishes good luck and good learning to these and other children who will be very proud to go to school in their shiny new shoes.
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