Mercy Thuo,director of the Good Samaritan Children's Home writes us this holiday greeting:
Thank you to all my dearest friends and partners, this far you have made us proud. With you, we are confident of achieving so much towards these little ones. May God be with you, making you excel in every aspect of your lives, rewarding you faithfully.
This message was posted on Facebook. To see other postings, including photos and notes to The Good Samaritan Chilren's Home, become a friend of the orphanage on Facebook.
On December 23 Fabulous African Fabrics donated $4000 to the GSCH. $1200 of that was raised through our donors on Global Giving. During 2013 FAF gave $7000 to the orphanage, providing children with shoes, tuition and money to keep the orphanage running. With 300 mouths to feed and house, FAF partners with other donors. We have the goal of keeping teens and elementary school children in school. Our donations are paying off, as several of our orphans are in college; one recently graduated from college with a major in engineering.
During 2014 we hope to match $7000, or even give more. We are counting on you.
Best wishes for 2014 from Fabulous African Fabrics.
From Merci Thou, Director of the Home: We are very grateful to God for giving us the privilege of being a blessing to the dear little angels [nine agencies, including Global Giving and Fabulous African Fabrics who support us]. His grace abounds towards us.
The quarterly report from the GSCH tells us of 28 children are sitting for the national examination, 17 sitting for their Kenyan Certificates of Secondary Education, and 11 for their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Edcuation. Four students were ranked at the top of their individual classes; and Felix Ouma, graduate of the home's primary school, received his Bachelor's of Science degree this month! Your contributions are paying off, and the orphans are paying you back with their excellent scholarship.
Because of your generosity, FAF is able to donate $4000 to the Good Samaritan Children's Home this month. In my next letter I will tell you about a huge turn around made by little Mary Njeri, a five year old girl rescued by a community health worker who is also being helped by the orphanage.
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.
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Ph. D., Executive Director