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.
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.
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