Jul 21, 2014

Moving forward to the future

Abra (3) and Shivon (4), both parents died July
Abra (3) and Shivon (4), both parents died July

The year 2014 has been a stellar year for our children.  Four of our high school graduates have finished their college degrees.  One has received an MBA, another has become an engineer, the third a biologist, and the fourth, a primary school teacher and soccer coach.  We are so proud of these orphans, and excited that they will take their places in Kenyan society to help make their country a better place. In November, 16 more of our kids are graduating from high school.  Some will move on to University (if donors can be found), and the others will join the community with life skills that will benefit all.  As they move on, we will be bringing other orphans in to take their places, giving them a chance at a future.  We recently received a donation to purchase 8 beds from a youth mission group.  17 orphans who have been on our waiting list will occupy these beds, ages 3 to 13.  We are so excited to have these little ones join our family.

 

Of course, with new children come new challanges.  Many need medical attention and special diets.  They will need to be completely outfitted with clothing, shoes, and school uniforms.  Then there are school fees.  Can you imagine adding 17 children to your family not knowing where the funds to keep them will come from?  That is where our faith comes in!  We have walked a tight rope before, and know how to budget to save as many orphans as possible.  We are praying for your help.

In an effort to hold down costs, we merged Good Samaritan Lwanda home into our Hope Center location.  The children adjusted well and are no longer having to run the mile to play with each other.  We are hoping to cut some staff and hold down other costs by not duplicating services.  This is our third consolidation, and although we feared tribal issues, not a single one has occurred.  We believe this is due to the education the children are receiving.

Elizabeth's home before she joined Hope Center
Elizabeth's home before she joined Hope Center
Effie and Sheryl, two more of our new daughters
Effie and Sheryl, two more of our new daughters
4 K club and hail-damaged crops
4 K club and hail-damaged crops

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Jan 22, 2014

Why worry?

Doing chores!  Our kids cleaning the dining hall.
Doing chores! Our kids cleaning the dining hall.

In our last report, we shared our most recent financial crisis; that of only having funds to keep our orphanages operating for 2 more months.  We spent many sleepless nights trying to find ways of coming up with sufficient funding to keep our orphans safe in the immediate future.  We considered various options, including keeping them out of school this year.  The most important thing is to keep them fed and sheltered with education being the only thing we could put on hold.  Thankfully, at the end of December, a generous donation from Gandhi World Hunger fund put us back in the black.  Although we are operating on a shoe string budget, we were able to put all 150 of our students back in class on January 7, a cause for celebration.  The children are very motivated for success, so much so that they have made "street" signs for the walking paths at Hope Center with names like "Excellence Avenue, Success Lane, Pride Path and others.  The gardens have been planted, and the children are anxiously awaiting the birth of our first calf to our spoiled dairy cow, Helen.  Life is good!

We are very thankful to the opportunities for raising funds through our Global Giving partnership.  Every dollar donated has been carefully spent directly on the children in our care, as we are an all volunteer organization.  We have been able to purchase food for storage, textbooks, school supplies, shoes and uniforms for our kids, thanks to you!. 

Five of our secondary students graduated in November, a milestone reached by only a small percentage of Kenyan orphans.  As they move on, we will be able to bring in five more orphans who are in desperate need for a loving home. .   The needs are great, but not too great for you, our donors!  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support as we move forward in 2014!

Cutting loose at the graduation party
Cutting loose at the graduation party
Good Samaritan secondary students
Good Samaritan secondary students
4k club examnes kale damaged by freak hail storm
4k club examnes kale damaged by freak hail storm
Oct 21, 2013

Holding on by a wing and a prayer

The excitement of waiting for Farley!
The excitement of waiting for Farley!

Although the generosity of our donors blessed us greatly, we are now in a financial crisis, with just enough funds in our bank account to stay open for two more months.  The cost of education and food has become very difficult to manage, given our sponsorship fees are just $40 a month for each child.  We depend mightily on donations to our general fund, such as those generated by Global Giving, to keep us afloat.  The current economic situation in America and abroad has put many of our loyal supporters in a financial crunch, causing them to have to make difficult decisions regarding charitable donations. 

When we began our ministry in 2001, our children were all pretty young.  Over the years, their expenses have become much greater.  We have over 40 children in secondary school, and the fees are nearly $800 a year.  As you can imagine, our sponsorship fees come nowhere close to covering this cost. 

We are very encouraged by a recent vist to our Kenyan projects by Ms. Farley Sawyer, the Global Giving representative in Africa!  The children were very excited, and a fun day was had by all.  Ms. Sawyer found time to visit with the children at both Good Samaritan and Hope Centers, reviewing projects that had been completed with the funds donated by you through the Global Giving organization. She met with our Administrator and staff.  The children begged her to spend the night, but reluctantly she had to leave to keep her appointment for the next day. 

Ms. Sawyer invited our Administrator, Dan Kabelle, to attend a meeting in Kisumu on September 27 to brainstorm fundraising ideas on a local level.  Mr. Kabelle was the only orphanage administrator invited, the rest being involved in such things as water development, health issues, etc.  The meeting was excellent, and we are honored that he was included.

We are hoping that once again, God will inspire our loyal supporters to open their hearts to continue caring for our orphans.  We have been in this position many times before, and have somehow survived.  Please continue to pray for our sucess in this mission, and if there is any way at all you can help, we will be so grateful.

She's here, and we love her!
She's here, and we love her!
Best friend going to get their school uniforms
Best friend going to get their school uniforms
Rose and Velma modeling thanks to Gloval Giving!
Rose and Velma modeling thanks to Gloval Giving!
Helen, our new cow.
Helen, our new cow.
 
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