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.
Oct 27, 2015

The students sit for national standardized tests

Primary school children
Primary school children

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination begun in earnest this third week of October, 2015. Currently, 525,802 12th grade students are undertaking this examination which will determine their entrance to tertiary learning institutions. On their part, 937,467 8th graders will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) on November 9th through November 12th. Just as their Secondary school counterparts, the KCPE examination outcome will determine their qualification to join secondary schools. Among this year’s examination candidates, are children who have grown up and resided at the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) in Mathare, Nairobi. As a reminder, each of these children have had a very challenging childhood and for many of them, the GSCH is the only home they have known and lived.

Currently, 12 females and 10 males living at GSCH are taking their KCSE examination while 8 females and 7 males are preparing to undertake their KCPE exam in November. In total, 37 GSCH candidates will be participating in this year’s Kenya national standardized examinations. We, at FAF, join the GSCH and others to wish all these candidates the best of luck as they sit for these intense national tests. We also want to thank all donors who responded generously, over the years, and made it possible for these children to get to where they are currently. You have supported their schooling by helping them pay for their school tuition and enabled them purchase the required school uniforms and shoes. We are forever grateful for your continued support to these children.

This being said, a lot of support is still needed for children currently living at the home and many more that continue to seek refuge at this facility. Presently, the orphanage has a total of three hundred and eight seven (387) children. Out of these, two hundred and eight seven (287) are receiving full support at the orphanage, meaning, they live at the home. One hundred (100) of them are on an out-reach program, meaning, they get some support (tuition, school uniform and shoes) from GSCH but live with relatives in the Mathare area. The only support these relatives provide the children is shelter. It is our sincere trust that you will continue standing up with this children as regards to their schooling needs, particularly, school tuition, uniforms and shoes. Please, feel free to visit our 2 projects on globalgiving.com, and make a donation anytime. Our projects are 7377 (for school shoes) and 6163 (for tuition and uniforms). Thank you!

GSCH children
GSCH children
Secondary School students
Secondary School students
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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