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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.
Sep 8, 2015

Climbing Mt. Kenya

 

Congratulations for donating $2950 for this school term! Sometimes it seems as if FAF is climbing Mt. Kenya. Today we are at the top and looking down with wonder. This is the most you have donated in one term to Good Samaritan Children’s Home’s school expenses since we have been a part of Globalgiving. Thanks to all of you. Bonus days really work to increase our ability to support the orphanage.

Of the funds above, $1950 went to tuition, and $1000 to buy school shoes. Despite this, the home is short $4000 for the fall term, and some teens may have to stay home. In the summer term, tuition funds were short, and several teens stayed at the orphanage. The method the home uses to choose who must stay back is purely first come, first served. Therefore the seniors, junior and sophomores (in Kenya Third Form, Fourth Form, etc) go on with their studies, while the students who have just finished the 8th grade will be kept at the orphanage. There they repeat the 8th grade so they will not forget what they learned and will be able to pass their tests so they may enter high school. Only those students who do well in their tests will be accepted into the private schools our students attend. There are no public high schools in Kenya.

There is good news. Here are several opportunities to make sure that all of the GSCH students who qualify for secondary school in the winter term, will be able to go. Some of these events are on Globalgiving, and some are not. Remember on bonus days, you can make your donation grow.

               September 11 & 12: Garage Sale 8:30 A.M., 3090 Locke St. Grandville, MI

               September 15: Globalgiving Bonus Day. Donations start at 9:01 A.M.

                    Grow your donation by 30%

               October 7: Youth Spark Bonus Day, on Globalgiving 12:00 P.M.-11:59 P.M.

                     Bonus shared by all donors

               November: Jubilee Sale, Spokane, WA, Date to be announced.

               December: Anthony Salazar Fund Drive, all month

E-mail me for details on how to make donations to the Salazar Fund. salazarfaf@hotmail.com  

The watercolor above of Mt. Kenya stands for the heights to which our teens aspire. It was created by one of the youths living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home.


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Aug 3, 2015

All of God's Children got Shoes

These kids have shoes that are wearing out
These kids have shoes that are wearing out

“ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN GOT SHOES”

Oh, if that were only true! I got shoes all right, and probably you got shoes, but the kids at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home may not have shoes, or at least the shoes they need for school. Check out this picture of shoes: scuffed, opened toes, pink! Not proper for school at all. Kenyan schools demand students to have strong, leather or leather-like shoes. Oxfords would be ideal. We have pledged to provide the required footwear to all of the school aged kids. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Here’s an example of how you made that difference. Kris Wetah, a Kenyan who has been associated with the orphanage wrote about it today.

               We are very grateful to Global Giving and FAF for their timely, and constant support. At the beginning of this year, fire gutted one of the girls’ dormitories: nothing was salvaged. A total of 75 girls were adversely affected, losing bedding and their entire school items. Out of this number, 57 girls in high school couldn’t report to school for the firstterm since they had no uniforms or shoes. Schools couldn’t allow them to begin the new term without the proper attire. Thanks to FAF and Global Giving for their spirited efforts, the girls got their uniforms and fifteen pairs of shoes. Within a month and few weeks we were able to see all the girls back to school in full uniforms; in fact we realized two pairs for each of them, as gym shoes are also required.  You replaced shoes for 15 girls who are in their final years of high school, and soon to be in college and careers. Thank you FAF, for your determination, stretching yourselves beyond your limits to make sure our girls went back to school.

So please donate to this project. Feet grow, shoes wear out. We won’t get ahead of those needs, but you can us keep up with what the present demands.

kids in proper shoes
kids in proper shoes

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Jun 23, 2015

Funds for Fall term of High School

Boys Romp
Boys Romp

On our minds now:  Raising funds for Fall High School Tuition due August 15.  In a big garage sale Laura Salazar, co-founder of FAF, who is preparing to make a big move to Lakewood, CA raised $672.90.  She is very thankful not to have to haul all that stuff over the mountains.  The $1270.50 raised through Global Giving this quarter brings our total to $1942.40, only a drop in the bucket for what is needed to send 120 high school students to their next term at school at $1000 each.

On Global Giving's Bonus Day July 15, we have a goal of twice that.  We will be sending information out about that soon so you can join us on meeting the goal.

In the meantime, following the fire at the Goood Samaritan Children's Home, the orphanage is in a reassesment period.  We await further news on that development and how it will affect the lives of the children at the home.  As we wait, we point you to You Tube where there are 2 postings on life at the orphanage, showing donors giving mattresses and clothing to the children after the January 1st fire.  See link below.

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