In past reports I have bragged about the high marks children liveing at the Good Samaritan Children's Home receive in high school. The August report from the home passed on some specifics that make me think we should have some bumper stickers created that say, "My Children are the Best Students in St. Mary's Educational Centre Lang'ata and Rubate High!"
Samuel Keziak Kogi was named "Best Boy in the School" last year at St. Mary's, earning A's in Physics, Mathematics, Biology, History, Business Studies, Chemistry, and Computer Studies, while earning A- in English and Kiswahili. Eunice Wambier was the top student at Rubate High School. With scores like that how can we turn our backs on these students and other young people in high school from the Good Samaritan Children's Home?
The orphanage is building an upper floor to the permanent block structure at the home. While this is exciting news, and the building is being paid for by The Village Care International organization; Merci Thuo, director of the home worries about how to afford bedding for the new space.
Through donating to Project 6163 and 7377 you can take some of the pressure off the need for tuition and shoes, and Mrs. Thuo can find funds for bedding.
Don't forget to donate on GlobalGiving's Bonus Day on Oct. 9, 2013 starting at one minute past midnight Eastern Daylight Time. Your donation will be matched at 30% if you get it in while there are still funds (which run out in about 4 hours).
I sign off with one of the drawings from the orphanage.
Global Giving representative Farley Sawyer recently visited the Good Samaritan Children's Home in Nairobi. FAF asked Farley to make this visit and advise us how FAF can be more effecient in helping the orphanage. On July 11 we received this message from the director of the home, Mercy Thuo. Mercy's letters are always interesting and well written. This is what she reported.
We trust that all is well at your end as we write to you. We are all well at the home and we are very grateful for your support. Yes we did meet Farley. We must say that we had a wonderful time together. We also hope that she got the real picture of what we really do. Please we are looking forward for more enlightenment on what we really or precisely should be posting in our reports.
We wish you well in all your endeavors and may God richly reward you. With very kind regards, Mercy
Now we await news from Farley and her advice on how we can improve links with Global Giving and the Good Samaritan Children's Home.
First, we have a new look! See our new website: www.fafkenyanorphans.org
Second, we have a new brochure. Contact us at 727-946-5322 for your copy or a copy to give to a friend.
May 19 FAF's Annual Meeting at 1158 Kensington St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.All members may vote to nelp make decisions about the coming year. We need to make plans to meet the amount we raised last year: $10,500!
May 30, Fund Raiser at El Barrio, Michigan Street, Grand Rapids, MI. Great food and lots of fun. Put board members into "jail." Wouldn't you like to see Roger Ellis, Jill Hamilton and Laura Salazar try to get pledges to get them out? El Barrion will donate 15% of their proceeds to FAF!
Fulton Street Artisan's Market opens on June 2. Visit us at Booth #10 11:00-3:00 every other Sunday to buy our beautiful hats and toys and scarves. Proceeds go to FAF. Let's hope to have a wonderful market year, 1913.
July 13 Laura will give a paper at the IDEA conference in Paris, France. Along with Zayda Sierra she will talk about how the IDEA conference in Kissumu, Kenya in 1998 changed her life and the lives of the orphans of the Good Samaritan Home.
Fabulous Afrcian Fabrics broke its last record by $500, by sending $10,500 to the Good Samaritan Children's Home in 2012. It is amounts like that which has allowed the Home to hire a social worker and other professionals making this home one of the best run in Nairobi.
FAF raised six thousand dollars on Global Giving last year. You have made this possible. Thank you so much for your generosity. In December FAF sent $1694 dollars for Project 7377, shoes for school children, and $652 for tuition, Project 6163.
The Anthony Salazar Fund, raised $1200 this winter. This money is used for emergencies as they arise at the orphanage. Last year the emergency fund was used for the special items the growing number of babies and toddlers require. Our sales of items made of African textiles also provides money for the Home. In 2012 our hatter, Lucille Ramshaw sewed 24 hats that we sold at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Artisan's Market. The coming summer will be our 14th year with a booth at the market.
Keep in mind that Bonus Day on Global Giving falls in March, and you will be hearing from us and the need for tuition money for those bright teens at the Good Samaritan Home. For more news about life in Africa and this organization check our website: www.fabulousafricanfabrics.org.
But of course the job is not done.
During the month of December Fabulous African Fabrics honors memory of FAF's founder's son, Anthony Salazar by asking for donations in his name. Tony passed away in 2005 of an AVM at the age of 37.
We've attached a picture of Tony at age 15 just to show you what a guy he was, full of energy and wit. He loved to experiment with his image and just who he could be. He went from the snarky teenager we see here to a generous and loving man. It is appropriate to honor his spirit and memory through gifts to the children of the Good Samaritan Children's Home in Nairobi Kenya, who also need the freedom to experiment and develop their personalities.
The fund goes to help FAF maintain emergency dollars for the orphanage. Last year this money paid high school tuition for teens at the Good Samaritan Children's Home. Next year we don't know where the money goes, but if you donate to Project 6163 now we know that there will not be such a chruch when it comes to collecting the $1000 per child per year for tuition.
We wish you the happiest of holidays, and a generous spirit.
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