“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!
It takes a village to support the education of the Good Samaritan Children's Home. And on the 13 of June we are asking you to be a part of a village sending teen orphans to high school. Did you know that the children of the Good Samaritan Home do very well on their 8th grade exams? Most the children qualify to go on to high school. But sometimes there is not enough money. Teens then need to stay at the orphanage school and re-do 8th grade so they do not forget much of what they learned. Education helps children, communities, and countries.
On June 13th you can help kids realize their dreams. Global Giving is having a Bonus Day, matching this project by 40%. Our goal is to raise $1200. With our match, we will have enough to send two more teens to high school. There is also a $1000 prize offered the project the largest number of separate donors. Therefore we want large donations and many small donations. So please join in. Stand with us in a village that stands for education.
While some orphaned teenagers living at the Good Samaritan Children Home in Mathare, Kenya have been able to acquire mandatory school shoes-thanks to the donations given so far!- several are still waiting and hoping that someone will come to their aid.
Apart from the fact that buying shoes is a fulfillment of a mandatory school obligation, the teenagers who have benefited talk of the joy and confidence they have found in their new pair of school shoes. Majority of them share that the school shoes enhances their self esteem and assures them of continues stay in school throughout the school year. The teenagers say they "no longer feel embarrassed in our old shoes". They wish to say a big "Thank You!" to all those who have contributed in enhancing their self-esteem and more so in ensuring that their schooling remain uninterrupted.
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.
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