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To support the Good Samaritan Children's Home and to educate others throughout the world about the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.
Nov 28, 2016

Mother Mercy, honored by graduates

Mercy Thuo and Mr. Munere
Mercy Thuo and Mr. Munere

 

Mama Mercy Thuo along with her husband John founded The Good Samaritan Children’s Home in 1992. With their children grown and an empty room, they took in two street boys who needed a home.  More street children came to live with the Thuos.  They added on to their house over and over again.

When Fabulous African Fabrics became a supporter of the GSCH in 1999, the orphanage had close to 200 children. At that time AIDS was raging, and more and more children found shelter at the home.  Although AIDS is no longer the threat it was, there still are some AIDS orphans, and poverty has not improved very much in the Mathare Slum.  Today the GSCH serves 600 people. Through the years  Mercy has stood by the children with food and shelter and education and love.  Although there has been a constant struggle to collect enough funding, the Thuos found a way.  Now Mama Mercy has founded a new orphanage on the other side of Nairobi.  Where there is a need, Mercy takes notice and tries to fill the need.

Since that time, those early children have become adults and are singing Mercy Thuo’s praises. Here are some recent comments from those early wards honoring their beloved Mum.

            Maggy Wairimn:  Sometimes I sit and wonder where would I be were it not for Mama Mercy.  She humbles me every day, and every time I’m counting my blessings I count her thrice, appreciating her every day of my life.

            Ester Dorcus:  That is true, siz, [sister].  Me too.

            George Wachira Wangeci:  Be blessed Mum.

            Daniel Macharia:  Very true.  We should remember her in our lives.

            Sofia Wairmu:  Same case applies to me and my younger sister.  Where we are now it’s coz of this great mum. 

 

Ruth Njoki:  She’s so great mum, one in a million in this world.

This week Chepkongo Rogers Munere, who grew up at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.  As the orphanage announced on Facebook,  “Our joy knows no bounds. . . come let’s eat, sing and celebrate with our son.”

Children living today in the orphanage will grow up healthy and educated, appreciating Mercy and John Thuo.  You can help support this angel of a woman and her work.

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May 4, 2016

Great Test Scores at Good Samaritain Home

These children are depending on you
These children are depending on you

It was a time for joy when the scores on the test for entry to high school were revealed this January, as Kris Wetah wrote:

We had an awesome performance from the class to join high school.. Out of the 500 marks, they performed as follows: 421, 416, 401, 390, 370, 370, 354, 349, 325, 210, and 275.  All qualified to join high school.  The 1st 4 will approximately need $1000 each for tuition alone for the year.  They will be admited in national school, the top flight government schools.

Our moment of jubilee was stopped when we realized that the orphanage had to raise $13,000 for tuition by February 3.  It was a scramble, but with Kris' hard work and the cooperation of Spanish and German NGO's, help from the GSCH founder's granddaughter, and Fabulous African Fabrics, the money was paid by February 3.  All of the teens proudly took the places reserved for them and now are studying hard to excell in high school.

Our contribution to this term totalled $3650.  So this is a gigantic thank you to all of you who have contributed to GlobalGiving project 6163!  Please continue to contribute to this project, especially on March 16 when there will be a Bonus Day, and your donation will be matched by GG.

What does your help mean to the individal student?  Here is a letter received from Mary who is now at St. Mary's Mission Hospital High School in Kenya.  She is 17 years old and in Form 2, a graduate of the Good Samaritan Home.

I joined Good Samaritan Home in 2011 and have been there for four years and the home has been providing me with education, food and clothing.  The main reason I joined the home is that my parents did not have enough [money] to cater for my school needs and everyday concerns.  Since I joined it has offered me hope to achieve my dreams of a doctor.  With these I will be able to give back to the society and help my parents. I want to touch lives of children with the same problem and even setting up my own children's home.  Indeed Good Samaritan has been a home of love, care, comfort and encouragement.  I am really thankful for Mama Mercy and I will continue relighting my candle day and night and work hard, for good things comes to those who are patient.

So Thank you for your generous donations and keep up the good work!

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Apr 26, 2016

Schools in Kenya set to open for second semester

GSCH children
GSCH children

Most Kenyan students in primary and secondary schools are currently on holiday having closed schools on April 8th, this month. From May 2nd, schools will open for the second semester and go on till early August when they close again for holidays. The last semester of the year will commence in early September to around November 18th when students break for December holidays. Holidays always mean the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) has more mouths to feed as all the children, especially those in boarding schools, come back to the orphanage awaiting the schools to open for the following semester. More often than not, the GSCH find their budget a bit stretched as they have to buy more food to feed the children.

At the same time, opening of schools means finding tuition fee for all school going children living at the orphanage. The schools also require students to be in full school uniform and shoes the first day they report at school. Usually, all students go through a detailed inspection to ensure they have met all these requirements before they are allowed into classes and dorms (for those who live in dorms). Students who do not have tuition fee and uniforms are turned away immediately. This leads to a loss of study time, for the affected students, as well as frustrations on the part of students and the orphanage. We appreciate that you have stood with the children all this time and hope you can dig a little deeper into your pockets, before schools open, and ensure that all the children at GSCH are starting school with all other students and continue learning for the rest of the semester.

 
   

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