Fabulous African Fabrics

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.
Mar 15, 2016

Threat to Close Orphanage

Orphans in their dormitory
Orphans in their dormitory

The crisis started when a large number of teens did so well on their entrance exams at the end of elementary school last spring .  Suddenly the Good Samaritan Children's Home had more students with places in top notch high schools.  The tuition bill was sky high.  Did you know that places in high schools are held for students with high grades, but if tuition is not paid in full on registration day, those places are given to students with lower grades and wealthy parents?  Neither did I.  The orphanage met the high tuition bill by adding some of the food budget to pay tuition.  For several weeks the younger children were fed only once a day.  They became out of sorts, not knowing why they could not get more food.  A donation of $800 from Fabulous African Fabrics provided food for a month, and the six to twelve year olds went to class with full stomachs ready  to learn.

Suddenly in a new national ruling from the schools demanded a payment of $50 dollars for an exit test fee for each student who is in the last year of high school.  It had to be paid at their winter enrollement. Seniors were sent home to the orphanage when they did not pay this fee, being told they would lose their place in school if this was not paid on time.  A gracious donor from FAF paid the $950 bill, and that crisis was met.  The teens went back to their boarding schools.

At the same time, the government demanded a payment of $1800 for NGO registration.  The orphanage was threatened to be closed.  Fabulous African Fabrics stepped forward and emptied its coffers and the orphanage was saved. With this NGO registration and restructuring the Kenyan goverment has pledged to help The Good Samaritan Children's Home with some of their financial woes.  We do not know exactly what this means at this time.

 Now FAF must face helping pay the spring tuition bill.  Fortunately it will be smaller than the February bill, but we need your help.  It is bonus day at GlobalGiving on Wednesday March 16.  You can provide tuition money by giving generously.  Bonus Day funds from GlobalGiving will be $75,000.  Let's get some of that bonus.  The percentage of bonus depends on the amount raised, so reach into your pockets. 

We will meet each crisis as it comes, but under new management the Good Samaritan Children's Home will be prepared.

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Feb 17, 2016

Great Test Scores at the Good Samaritan Home

Boys celebrating test scores
Boys celebrating test scores

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!

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Jan 28, 2016

Schooling still elusive to many students

 

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.

 
   

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