Reports reaching us from the Good Samaritan Children's Home (GSCH) says that about twenty (20) high school teenagers identified with the GSCH have been able to purchase required school shoes, thanks to donations received so far. Mercy, the home director, says "the kids look awesome in their new school shoes". She adds that the teens are not feeling embarrassed anymore from wearing old and sometimes tattered shoes. Further, the teenagers are sure they will not be sent home from school and risk missing classes because of lacking proper shoes.
Mercy also reports that there are eight boys and one girl waiting to join high school. We are hopeful that, you, our donors will continue with your kind gestures of making more donations to ensure that these nine teenagers have school shoes and are ready to go to school come September this year, when schools open in Kenya. Thank you for all you have done so far!
REORGANIZATION: Mercy Thuo reports that there will be changes in the operation of The Good Samaritan Children’s Home. Children’s homes and orphanages will have to adjust policies to be in compliance with government rulings. The official title of children’s welfare in Kenya will change to “Charitable Children’s Institutions,” ICC, affecting the governance, organizational structure, programs and physical structures. The Good Samaritan Children’s Home will have to move into compliance by 2030. Objectives of the ICC are scholarship for basic education and vocational training, basic needs, and medical care. These are the objectives for which GSCH can accept funds. As we move forward, we will need to cooperate with the Good Samaritan Home and the Kenyan Goverment's rulings.
"We have a big standing fee which amounts [to] more than 200,000 Kenya shillings in secondary school tuition," writes Merci Thuo on May 15 from the Good Samaritan Children' Home. The bill is $2100 US dollars. Until this bill is paid, all funds FAF sends to the orphanage will be funneled into tuition. When bills go unpaid, teens are sent home from school.
In light of this, FAF sent $900 to the orphanage last week. Thanks to you, $400 came from funds we raised on Global Giving, with $500 from FAF's emergency fund.
Your donation will make a difference in this crisis. When you give on Global Giving's Bonus Day, June 15, Global Giving will match your gift by one third when you give to project 6163.
Donations need to be made on line between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and 11:59 P.M. Donate early in the day so FAF gets its share of the matching grant of $75,000 from Global Giving.
Teens will be happy that they can stay in school.