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.
It's graduation day in high schools across America. Have you thought about what that high school diploma has meant to your life? What would your life be without it? That possibility faces several teens at the Good Samaritan Children's Home each year. They can't even enroll in school because there is not money for tuition.
You can change that. The teens of the Good Samaritan Home are counting on you to donate to Project 6163 on June 13, as it is GlobalGiving's Bonus day, the day we plan to raise $1200 and thus send two more orphaned teens to high school. With GlobalGiving's match we will meet our goal.
Here's what you need to do. Early in the day June 13 go onto www.globalgiving.org project 6163 and donate as much as your are able. We need many donations no matter the size because a $1000 prize awaits the organization with the largest number of donors, as well as a $1000 prize for the organization that raises the most money. This would be in addition to the match and the money you donate.
Please spread the word and graduation day will be a reality for all of the teens at the Good Samaritan Children's Home.
Wow, look at your record! Through Project 6163 you have raised $7476, sending 7 teens to high school since October 2010. Now we have a chance to raise enough money to educate 2 more young people in just one day's giving through Global Giving's Bonus Day, June 13.
If we can raise $1200 in 24 hours that day, Send Orphaned Teens to High School will receive a match of $800!
How can we do this?
120 people can give $10.00 each
60 people can give $20.00 each
30 people can give $40.00 each
You've got the picture, so let's do it. The kids need every one of you out there to get on the band wagon and encourage friends and relatives to add to their bit to this drive.
MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW.
Due to your help, another teen is going to school this spring. Tuition for hign school in Kenya amounts to about $1000 US per semester. The children at the Good Samaritan Children's Home have an excellent record in passing their examinations to allow them into high school at the end of eighth grade. But with close to 50 teen in school, the orphanage must raise about $100,000 per year for tuition for that to happen. The children go to several different schools including highly ranked boarding schools, many of which are supported by a variety of churches. Other children go to local high schools or trade schools.
In a country where the average person makes $300 per year, this is a tremendous challenge to the orphanage's management.
Thanks to you, we have been able to donate $7000 to the GSCH in the last few years. This February another $1000 was sent to the home, so another child is no longer waiting. Every year there are more children. Our goal is to increase the amount sent so more teens can go to school, helping them and their community.
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Ph. D., Executive Director