Project #7377

Provide School Shoes to Kenyan Orphans

by Fabulous African Fabrics
These children are depending on you
These children are depending on you

It was a time for joy when the scores on the test for entry to high school were revealed this January, as Kris Wetah wrote:

We had an awesome performance from the class to join high school.. Out of the 500 marks, they performed as follows: 421, 416, 401, 390, 370, 370, 354, 349, 325, 210, and 275.  All qualified to join high school.  The 1st 4 will approximately need $1000 each for tuition alone for the year.  They will be admited in national school, the top flight government schools.

Our moment of jubilee was stopped when we realized that the orphanage had to raise $13,000 for tuition by February 3.  It was a scramble, but with Kris' hard work and the cooperation of Spanish and German NGO's, help from the GSCH founder's granddaughter, and Fabulous African Fabrics, the money was paid by February 3.  All of the teens proudly took the places reserved for them and now are studying hard to excell in high school.

Our contribution to this term totalled $3650.  So this is a gigantic thank you to all of you who have contributed to GlobalGiving project 6163!  Please continue to contribute to this project, especially on March 16 when there will be a Bonus Day, and your donation will be matched by GG.

What does your help mean to the individal student?  Here is a letter received from Mary who is now at St. Mary's Mission Hospital High School in Kenya.  She is 17 years old and in Form 2, a graduate of the Good Samaritan Home.

I joined Good Samaritan Home in 2011 and have been there for four years and the home has been providing me with education, food and clothing.  The main reason I joined the home is that my parents did not have enough [money] to cater for my school needs and everyday concerns.  Since I joined it has offered me hope to achieve my dreams of a doctor.  With these I will be able to give back to the society and help my parents. I want to touch lives of children with the same problem and even setting up my own children's home.  Indeed Good Samaritan has been a home of love, care, comfort and encouragement.  I am really thankful for Mama Mercy and I will continue relighting my candle day and night and work hard, for good things comes to those who are patient.

So Thank you for your generous donations and keep up the good work!



Schooling still elusive to many students

Starting February, this year, the 2015 graduates of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will be joining various high schools throughout the country. According to the Kenya ministry of education, the number of students getting placements in Secondary Schools, after the form one selection, has increased tremendously. It is estimated that out of the 925,744 candidates who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations, in late 2015, 759,603 will get admission to form one (9th grade).

One implication of this data is that, the learning dream of the 166,141 candidates who have not been placed in any secondary school still remains largely elusive. Put in another way, this marks the end of schooling for these children. These children include those who come from low income backgrounds, lack support from their families, are homeless or, orphaned. Given their young age, it is not likely that these children are even ready for the job market or vocational training. While private entities, including the nonprofit organizations, like Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) have played an active role in supporting students coming from such backgrounds, it is important that the government, and other stakeholders, urgently devise ways of making education more accessible to such disadvantaged children. One way of achieving this is by constructing more secondary schools and training enough teachers to serve the students.

On the brighter side, the number of students transitioning to secondary schools in Kenya (as demonstrated in the current number of secondary school placements) signal the expansion of educational opportunities in the country. There is need to provide these children with relevant and high quality education that prepares them to the emerging dynamics of national and global job markets.

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, 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
These kids have shoes that are wearing out
These kids have shoes that are wearing out


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


Boys happy to have new shoes
Boys happy to have new shoes

Many of you have asked how the orphanage is coping after the January 1 fire.  Life is difficult there, but all of the children are in school and healthy.  To give you a personal idea, I am presenting these reports by Kris Wehta.  Your donations have been very helpful, and allowed the chids to stay in school.  Without sturdy school shoes and athletic shoes the high schools do not let children study.  It was touch and go for some time. 

Luckily Laura's 80th birthday provided an opportunity for her friends and relatives to honor her with donations to Fabulous African Fabrics.  $1200 was raised.  During this year FAF has donated $4600 to the children.

Here is Kirs' description of conditions.



(Italics are quotes from Kris. The rest is summary by Salazar)

ROOMS:  The girls are housed in two makeshift rooms. It’s worth noting that these rooms had been serving this noble purpose of sheltering our children since the 2001. The labor to fix the damage is a total of $1,260 U.S. At the time of writing, nothing has been done in an attempt to re-construct the two rooms. The affected children are sleeping on the floor in the yet to be completed permanent building.

BEDDING: Fourteen double decker beds are needed. None have been replaced to this effect as per now, and the entire group of girls is sleeping on the floors. (Replacement value $1,806.) Twenty eight mattresses were replaced by the Chandaria Foundation, a Kenyan NGO, along with flour, cooking oil, rice, sugar and toilet paper.

SCHOOL ITEMS REPLACED: One Hundred fourteen pairs of uniforms for fifty seven girls in two secondary schools catered (paid) by FAF. Fifty pairs uniforms for the first group of 25 girls, who had been kept out of school without them. Transport for the girls to school. Sixty pairs of uniforms for the second group of girls. Fifty seven pairs of sweaters. Transport to schools paid by FAF. Shoes, socks and school bags have not been replaced.

SCHOOL CENSUS: Presently there are 65 students in Rubate High School in Chuka, Meru, Kenya and 60 students at St Mary’s high school in Langata, Nairobi.

Message sent Sunday, April 18

SHOES:  We are still scratching our head over the shoe matter. We sent $900 to cater for the whole group of 57[girls]. The schools wrote to us insisting that they must report them to the authorities and possibly dismiss them from school, and then they need around $5000 for the next term’s fees. This will take some straightening out, a common problem in Kenya.


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Fabulous African Fabrics

Location: Grand Rapids, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
sheba onchiri
East Lansing, MI United States

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