The Mathare Slum has 500,000 people living on 1-2 dollars a day with sub-substandard housing and sanitation, and few jobs. Alcoholism, drugs, AIDS and violence are common. The community is supportive of the Good Samaritan Children's Home, but lacks enough funds to support it at 100%. The orphanage depends on financial support from NGO's within the country and abroad, plus donations from private citizens. Education is funded only after food & shelter needs are met.
Through the education provided by donors to this project, children will be able to excel in primary and secondary schools. After graduation at age 14 and 18 respectively, they will attend trade schools, high schools, and universities. Orphans will "graduate" from the orphanage ready to help solve the problems Kenya faces. They will be able to make their community a safer and healthier place, and raise a next generation who has fewer problems to be solved.
Through education this project can prepare 600 young Kenyans to think about solutions, live by example, and become involved in social change--all which have the potential to develop their community. They will become leaders in health, education and social structure. The Good Samaritan Children's Home was established in 1992, It's impact has already been felt by the 5000 or more children who have been raised there. This project will make education not only a possibility but a given.