37 girls living at the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) are in and out of school because they lack school shoes. The girls’ school shoes were among the items lost in a recent fire (January 3rd, 2015) that gutted the dormitory at the GSCH. The dorm was used by the older girls living at the Home. During this tragedy, effects including beds, beddings, school uniforms, shoes, books and certificates were destroyed. Luckily, no injuries occurred. The girls have since been relocated to a two storey semi-finished rooms that form part of the new complex the GSCH is constructing.
In this semi-finished complex, the girls spread their newly donated mattresses on the floor because there are no beds. Others are forced to sleep on the corridors because the space is quite limited. Currently, the GSCH managers are working on finding beds that would accommodate all the 37 girls. Upon completion, the new structure is hoped to provide enough space for the students’ items and homework. More so, the new complex will offer better security for the girls and ensure that future incidences such as fire are kept at bay.
Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) Organization wishes to thank all our donors for the support they have provided the GSCH children, thus far. Also, we appeal to our existing partners, friends and all who feel moved by this this tragedy to dig a little deeper, into their pockets, so we can get enough funds to replace the girls’ shoes. Without proper school, the girls’ education will continue being disrupted. We have included pictures that show the damage caused by the fire. Thank you for helping!
Fabulous African Fabrics is in contact with the Good Samaritan Children’s Home on a regular basis. Weekly, Project Director Kris Wetah informs us about what is happening, what is going well, and where help is needed.
Right now the big need is for in-home pre-school teachers. Pre-schoolers who live in the orphanage have not proved to be ready for first grade at age seven. With two official languages in the country, and numerous regional languages, spoken, children need to be fluent speakers in the official languages. They may come to the home only speaking their regional language or need special tutoring in English or Swahili. The children need to be familiar with numbers and letters, to be able to sit still during story time and follow directions, and all those other things we learned in kindergarten.
Private schools offer pre-school, but that is too expensive for the orphanage. A solution would be to hire one or two certified pre-school teachers to teach the classes at the orphanage. We know that such a project is too expensive for our small organization to provide, but we would like to find some partner organization that would help us address this problem.
On a happier note, the older children are home for their holiday, happy and well fed and preparing for the first quarter of the new school year, which you have made possible with your donations of tuition and shoes.
IT’S ONLY SHOES, BUT THEY KEEP KIDS HEALTHY, HAPPY AND IN SCHOOL
Today I bring you an example of Kris Wetch’s busy life keeping the children and teens at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home in shoes. Not only do feet grow, and shoes wear out, but there are what Kris calls those “mischievous ones” who steal shoes from their fellow students, and those absent minded ones who lose a shoe here and there. Any parent out there can attest to these problems.
In January of this year Kris bought 48 pairs of shoes at 2000k each (approximately $1056 US dollars). Eighteen pairs of these went to the new first year high school students. Thirty were distributed to the teens in the second and fourth year who needed replacements. Sports shoes are required at the high school level, making it necessary for 18 new pairs for the first year students.
For health and safety, the Kenyan schools demand that students come to class in good shoes. Kris purchased 104 pairs of shoes in August, costing 84,000k, or $924 in US dollars. You can see that your donations to Globalgiving’s Project 7377 is filling a real need—keeping the 260 children at the orphanage in school walking, running, dancing and playing so they grow strong in body, mind and spirit.