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.
Usually our reports on this space emphasize the need for tuition funds for our children at the Good Samaritan Children's Home. Today we are asking you to consider the need for good sturdy shoes for the children to wear to school. Not only must teens have the money for tuition, but they also need be dressed properly to even walk into a classroom.
For this Bonus Day on October 17, we are asking you to make your contribution to our Project #7377, which provides new shoes to the students at the Good Samaritan Children's Home.Ten dollars purchases one pair of shoes. Our goal for this Bonus Day is to provide 100 shoes for the orphans of the Good Samaritan Children's Home--that means we raise $700 and with Global Giving's 30% match we will have enough money to see that 1 in 5 children at the home will have a new pair of shoes.
We know that you are interested in educating these worthy scholars. Now give them the extra boost with sturdy shoos for school. Go to Project 7377 on the 17th of October. Your donation must be made between 12:01 A.M. and 11:59 P.M. on the 17th. Make your donation early in the day, because when the money for the matching funds run out there will be no more. On last Bonus Day matching funds were all used up by 10:00 A.M.
The size of your donation does not matter. You can buy one pair of shoes for $10.00. Think about how happy and proud you will make on child.
Fabulous African Fabrics is constantly working to improve its organization and its opportunities. Our first website dating to 2007 was beautiful and useful. But it was no longer possible for us to add more new information to our web pages. This week we posted a revised website, keeping our former URL. We have added a page about our relationship with Global Giving, explaining how we became interested in GG, how we were able to become a part of Global Giving, and how people can donate to the Good Samaritan Children's Home through GlobalGiving.
It is easier to post pictures, sell items, and edit our pages with this new site. Please visit us at www.fabulousafricanfabrics.org and tell us what you like or don't like about this new site. We are still working on the website, so look for more features soon.
I enclose a picture of the African textile hats Lucy Ramshaw makes for FAF to sell.
We at Fabulous African Fabrics were thrilled to receive a check from Global Giving for $1848 for our Bonus Day earnings in June. You have sent two more teens to high school..
The tuition bill is always a great worry for the director of The Good Samaritan Home, Mercy Thuo. Mrs.Thuo knows the value of education, and she is proud of the young people who have studied very hard to qualify for high school. Each year it is a scramble to find the funds for sixty or so children to go to school. Depending on the teen, it may be to the local secondary school, a trade school, or a private boarding school. Boarding schools sometimes offer scholarships to needy children. But none-the-less one thousand dollars needs to be found for each child--$60,000 to $100,000 per year.
When the tuition is not raised, the youngest children stay at the orphanage, repeating their 8th grade studies so they will retain the information to help them succeed when their turn for tuition money arrives.
Thank you for your generosity. Two more teens will be educated and happily go off to school.
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Ph. D., Executive Director