"We have a big standing fee which amounts [to] more than 200,000 Kenya shillings in secondary school tuition," writes Merci Thuo on May 15 from the Good Samaritan Children' Home. The bill is $2100 US dollars. Until this bill is paid, all funds FAF sends to the orphanage will be funneled into tuition. When bills go unpaid, teens are sent home from school.
In light of this, FAF sent $900 to the orphanage last week. Thanks to you, $400 came from funds we raised on Global Giving, with $500 from FAF's emergency fund.
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Teens will be happy that they can stay in school.
We have been notified that children at The Good Samaritan Children's Home are unable to attend school after their holiday because of standing tuition fees. All funds, including that designated to the camera, are now being diverted to this need.
The Good Samaritan Children's Home is located in the Mathare slum, Nairobi Kenya, where heavy rains are making mud of the outdoors.
Teens at the Good Samaritan Children's Home are bringing the performing arts to the Mathare Slum. Using African dance, theatre art and aerobic activities, the teens entertain school audiences and children gathered in the streets. The shows provide funds for the home, challenging and wholesome activities for the orphans, and fun for the community. GSCH volunteer, Paul Mwaura plans to document their work with the new camera Fabulous African Fabrics has purchased. Soon these pictures will be found in a report to you on Global Giving. Paul is going to make CDs of the children's project available for sale in Kenya, and we hope in the US.
There is a long history of performance at the Good Samaritan Children's Home, as the founder of FAF first met the orphans at an international youth theatre conference in Kissumu, Kenya in 1998. The chance meeting lead to the the development of this NGO.
The Teens from The Good Samaritan Children's Home attend several different secondary schools: public schools, trade schools, and boarding schools. Boarding schools are located away from Nairobi and offer teens a superior education. This is good for educational goals, but somewhat leaves the children on their own. During visiting days parents are encouraged to visit. Since the children have no parents, this produces a lonely time for the teen. Director of the Good Samaritan Home, Mercy Thuo states that the Home tries to send a person the teen knows to visit the school and child, but with workers so busy and scarce, this is a rare occurrence. We would like to provide volunteers who could become pen pals of these children and/or volunteer at The Good Samaritan Home, freeing a worker to make a visit to the child's school.
Good Samaritan Home Director Mercy Thuo and her staff reported December 30 about the new high students who start their first year in February. Because of the high marks in the national test that the children have received, The Good Samaritan Home in Mathare Slum, Nairobi tries to place them out of the slum and into boarding schools which provide a quality education.
Mercy writes: We are waiting to take new form one [freshmen] to school come February 2011. Mostly we take them to boarding schools. This is an episode which requires more money because of buying personal effects, beddings, mattresses, transport, stationary, etc.
They had good performance in their national examinations.
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