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. The above picture shows the celebration inspiring younger boys to do their best.
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!
Schooling still elusive to many students
Starting February, this year, the 2015 graduates of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will be joining various high schools throughout the country. According to the Kenya ministry of education, the number of students getting placements in Secondary Schools, after the form one selection, has increased tremendously. It is estimated that out of the 925,744 candidates who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations, in late 2015, 759,603 will get admission to form one (9th grade).
One implication of this data is that, the learning dream of the 166,141 candidates who have not been placed in any secondary school still remains largely elusive. Put in another way, this marks the end of schooling for these children. These children include those who come from low income backgrounds, lack support from their families, are homeless or, orphaned. Given their young age, it is not likely that these children are even ready for the job market or vocational training. While private entities, including the nonprofit organizations, like Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) have played an active role in supporting students coming from such backgrounds, it is important that the government, and other stakeholders, urgently devise ways of making education more accessible to such disadvantaged children. One way of achieving this is by constructing more secondary schools and training enough teachers to serve the students.
On the brighter side, the number of students transitioning to secondary schools in Kenya (as demonstrated in the current number of secondary school placements) signal the expansion of educational opportunities in the country. There is need to provide these children with relevant and high quality education that prepares them to the emerging dynamics of national and global job markets.
When you donate to "Send Orphaned Teens from Kenya to High School," you are contributing to the welfare of future Kenyan children. Here is the story of Samuel, a nineteen year old from the Good Samaritan Children's Home, told in his own words.
Samuel's School is St Mary’s Mission Hospital High School in Kenya. He attends this highly-ranked boarding school some miles away from Nairobi, returning to the Good Samaritan Children’s Home during vacations and holidays. Fabulous African Fabrics helps to pay his tuition and school shoes so he can concentrate and succeed in his medical studies.
Samuel’s words follow, with editing in brackets by Laura Salazar.
Being a street child, sleeping under carts and shop verandas, denied me shelter, food, clothing and the essentials as education. [I was] rescued from my street life by the Good Samaritan. That raised my hope again. [Good Samaritan] offered me a home, shelter and basics as food. Being there in street I had become a drug user and the new home had to rehabilitate me.
Much more than parental love from Mama Mercy, mentorship from our guardians and volunteers, who we look up to them as role models, [gave me hope. Thanks to] all sponsors, supporters and all donors who go hungry just to place a smile on our face [and thanks to] those that give not that they have much, but know how it feels to lack. [I have] dreams of achieving an accolade in medicine; I know I will be there soon, for there is someone supporting my vision and dream.
I am really grateful and thankful for Good Samaritan. I am in my third year in school just because of the help. THANK YOU!