The population of the Good Samaritan Children's Home fluctuates. Here is a run down of the numbers, ages and sex of the children as of the first of August.
Babies birth to 3 years: 21 boys, 11 girls
Nursery to school age: 6 boys, 9 girls
Primary school: 70 boys, 40 girls
Secondary school: 20 boys, 15 girls.
Please note that 7 boys and 1 girl are waiting to join secondary school because they lack tuition funds.
Life at the Good Samaritan Children's Home is going well despite the famine in northern Kenya. Through GlobalGiving we have raised $175 for tuition--Project 6163--and $75 for shoes--Project 7377--during the month of August. In addition, the organization has raised about $400 from our sales at the Grand Rapids Artisan Market and through general donations and membership. Funds raised under these conditions are used for general support at the orphanage. If the orphanage reports a food shortage, the children can be fed from this fund.
August is membership month at Fabulous African Fabrics with fees supporting the organization's operational expenses. You can become a member of FAF by requesting a form at 1158 Kensington St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534. Members also are invited to various meetings and parties during the year and receive a quarterly newsletter.
None of the donations you make on Global Giving will be used for operations or general support for the orphanage. These funds are restriced to the above named projects.
Reports reaching us from the Good Samaritan Children's Home (GSCH) says that about twenty (20) high school teenagers identified with the GSCH have been able to purchase required school shoes, thanks to donations received so far. Mercy, the home director, says "the kids look awesome in their new school shoes". She adds that the teens are not feeling embarrassed anymore from wearing old and sometimes tattered shoes. Further, the teenagers are sure they will not be sent home from school and risk missing classes because of lacking proper shoes.
Mercy also reports that there are eight boys and one girl waiting to join high school. We are hopeful that, you, our donors will continue with your kind gestures of making more donations to ensure that these nine teenagers have school shoes and are ready to go to school come September this year, when schools open in Kenya. Thank you for all you have done so far!
Another garage sale is coming, so drop off those shoes that are in good shape, but a little too small, a little too sad, a little too kooky, and we will sell them, donating the proceeds to Global Giving Project #7377.
Take the shoes to 1158 Kensington St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 on May 19, after 6 P.M. Come the next 2 days and buy a great pair of shoes for $2.00, and maybe find some other priceless stuff at the sale.
Remember that anyone who donates $50.00 to this project gets a gift in appreciation: either a home baked key lime pie or a hand dyed silk scarf in key lime colors.
Thanks for cleaning out your closets.
Quality shoes are required for children attending school in Kenya. This is for reasons of health, protecting the children from disease, dirt and cuts. Good shoes also add to moral in the classroom. Having a pair of polished shoes in good condition is also a tradition of the British school system. (Kenya was a British colony for many years.) In England I saw a head master line up his students to inspect their shoes, chastising those students with scuffed or worn footwear.
Fabulous African Fabris sponsors several garage sales each year to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Children's Home. This year we appealed to friends, church members, and Rotarians to donate their shoes to the cause. The funds raised from the sale of the shoes was donated to project 7377. Spike heels, running shoes, sandals, oxfords and boots ran out the garage door in Lakewood, CA. At $2.00 each pair, FAF raised $50.00 for the project, providing 5 new pairs of shoes for the children at the school. Now new intake children and those who have worn out or outgrown their shoes will not have to wait to have a completed school uniform and can join the others in class.
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