Send Orphaned Teens from Kenya to High School

Oct 7, 2012

School Uniforms required along with Tuition

Top: Good shoes. Bottom: barefoot or flipflops
Top: Good shoes. Bottom: barefoot or flipflops

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.

Sep 24, 2012

Fabulous African Fabrics Has Updated Website

Hats by Lucy for HS Tuition
Hats by Lucy for HS Tuition

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 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.

Aug 21, 2012

More Teens in High School

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. 

Jun 8, 2012

Graduation Day for Orphans in Keya

GSCH Tumbling Club with Mathare Slum in Back
GSCH Tumbling Club with Mathare Slum in Back

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 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.


May 25, 2012

The Numbers: Win for Teens on Bonus Day

These girls are waiting to go to high school.
These girls are waiting to go to high school.

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.



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Laura Salazar

Ph. D., Executive Director
Grand Rapids, MI United States

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