While some orphaned teenagers living at the Good Samaritan Children Home in Mathare, Kenya have been able to acquire mandatory school shoes-thanks to the donations given so far!- several are still waiting and hoping that someone will come to their aid.
Apart from the fact that buying shoes is a fulfillment of a mandatory school obligation, the teenagers who have benefited talk of the joy and confidence they have found in their new pair of school shoes. Majority of them share that the school shoes enhances their self esteem and assures them of continues stay in school throughout the school year. The teenagers say they "no longer feel embarrassed in our old shoes". They wish to say a big "Thank You!" to all those who have contributed in enhancing their self-esteem and more so in ensuring that their schooling remain uninterrupted.
Due to your help, another teen is going to school this spring. Tuition for hign school in Kenya amounts to about $1000 US per semester. The children at the Good Samaritan Children's Home have an excellent record in passing their examinations to allow them into high school at the end of eighth grade. But with close to 50 teen in school, the orphanage must raise about $100,000 per year for tuition for that to happen. The children go to several different schools including highly ranked boarding schools, many of which are supported by a variety of churches. Other children go to local high schools or trade schools.
In a country where the average person makes $300 per year, this is a tremendous challenge to the orphanage's management.
Thanks to you, we have been able to donate $7000 to the GSCH in the last few years. This February another $1000 was sent to the home, so another child is no longer waiting. Every year there are more children. Our goal is to increase the amount sent so more teens can go to school, helping them and their community.
Here are a couple of toddlers who live at the Good Samaritain Children's Home wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day. In the past 5 years the GSCH has accepted more young children in its ranks, with babies sometimes left on its door step. In prior years most of the children in the home were of school age. An elementary school is housed on the grounds of the home. High school age students study in local schools, technical schools, and boarding schools. We are very proud that these toddlers will receive a good education from this infancy through secondary school. High school students with high grades may qualify for a free university education.