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.
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.
Because of your generous financial contributions throughout the year 2012, the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) has been able to purchase school shoes for more than 200 children. In the year that just ended (2012), FAF organization was able to raise and send $10,500 to the GSCH. These funds have been used to meet the educational needs of the children including tuition fee, buying school uniforms, among other needs. To these efforts, FAF organization, Mercy Thuo (founder and director of the Home), and the children wish to thank everyone who responded to their plight.
We can’t reiterate enough how much the teenagers appreciate a pair of school shoes as it translates to a higher sense of self esteem and shelves them from embarrassment and scolding from their peers.
As we start this New Year, 2013, it is important to keep in mind the fact that GSCH continues to receive more vulnerable children to their “family”. At the same time, several children who reside at the home will be graduating from primary schools and transitioning to high schools later this month. Others will be transitioning from high schools to college. These transitions imply more need for educational requirements including but not limited to tuition fee, school uniforms, school shoes, textbooks, and writing materials. Given these realities, FAF Organization and Mercy Thuo trusts that you will continue supporting these little angels as they work hard in school and look forward to a better future amid their current life uncertainties. Contributions to FAF projects can be made throughout the year on Global Giving Organization. All that is required to make a contribution online is visit their website: www.globalgiving.org and choose project Numbers, 7377 (for buying school shoes) or, 6163 (for tuition fee) and follow instructions. We forever remain thankful for your partnership and generosity
“I have only one uniform and my school shoes are getting torn, I wish I could have another pair of school uniform and shoes” -Senny Akinyi- A high school teenager residing at the Good Samaritan Children Home confiding in Sheba Onchiri.
When I look back to the time when I was a teenager in Kenya, I remember the urgency with which I worked on my looks and especially how presentable I desired to be in the presence of my peers. I do remember how I nagged my parents to buy me new school uniforms and shoes whenever mine became old. Once these were provided, I was greatly overjoyed and felt fulfilled.
I believe that many of you can easily relate to this experience. Walking in old tattered school shoes is perhaps the most embarrassing thing any teenager can put up with. The embarrassment gets worse when such teenagers are picked out from their peers during the school assemblies and sent home to get proper shoes. Although this might be unimaginable to many people, it is still a reality in Kenyan schools. It is a hard reality and a complex one as such, for children who have no immediate family to get them these essentials. Lacking school shoes deals a huge psychological blow to children who have lost their parents. Good Samaritan Children Home, located in Mathare, Nairobi provides home to several orphans and other vulnerable children.
It is because of these children’s plight that FAF organization started a project on Global Giving Organization that would help raise funds to specifically help orphaned children buy school shoes. Since its inception, this project number 7377 located at www.globalgiving.org has helped more than 100 teenagers purchase required school shoes.
Since the Good Samaritan Children Home receives orphaned children on a continuous basis, we at FAF seek to ensure that these children who have already gone through so much pain find solace in their new school uniform including school shoes. These, we believe help minimize their pain besides ensuring that their studies are not interrupted. We invite you to donate on October 17, 2012 anytime between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm. This will be Global Giving’s Bonus Day, meaning, GG will add 30% to every donation you make. Our goal is to raise $700.00 to go towards purchasing school shoes.
Given our previous experience, GlobalGiving matching funds end as early as 10:00 a.m. Therefore, we urge our friends to donate early. Your donation will make a huge difference in the lives of these children. We look forward to your contribution.
Early this month, schools throughout Kenya closed for second semester school holidays. School holidays are always eagerly awaited by all students especially those residing in boarding schools. Most children look forward to seeing and catching up with their family members and relatives. However, some who may not be fortunate enough to have such families throng to places that provide shelter and love them. One such a place is the Good Samaritan Children Home located in Mathare slums, Nairobi. Mercy Thuo, the founder and owner of the home looks forward to receiving “her children” as any parent would. She goes out of her way to make sure all children are loved and have access at least, to the very basic human needs (i.e. food, shelter, and clothing) once they are “home”.
One thing the children residing at the Good Samaritan Children Home keep talking about is how thankful they are to all those who helped buy them school uniform and shoes. They feel wonderful and presentable in their mandatory school attire, including shoes. The availability of these educational requirements has been made possible by generous donations made so far. To all who have made such contributions, the children wish to say, THANK YOU!
Fabulous African Fabrics Organization looks forward to your support this October during GlobalGiving Bonus Day. It is important to note that The Good Samaritan Children Home continually receives children with various life and educational needs. Sacrificing our little comfort to support such children makes a huge difference. So, let’s make it happen!
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