Project #7377

Provide School Shoes to Kenyan Orphans

by Fabulous African Fabrics

We at Fabulous African Fabrics are very proud of the high marks our boys and girls make in academics.  They also excell in the arts and athletics.  Laura Salazar, founder of FAF, discovered the children of the Good Samaritan Children's Home at an international children's theatre conference in Kenya where they were performing a play.  Singing together is a joyous part of the children's lives.  Through the years we have been the recipient of many  children's drawings which we have turned into cards and shown at art exibits in the States.

I am sharing some recent drawings we received.  These are availible as cards which you may order by contacting Laura at

The GSC Home is now active on line with their website and on Facebook.  We invite you to friend them on Facebook so you can get better acquainted with this superior orphanage doing excellent work in one of Kenya's notorious slums.


GSCH School girls
GSCH School girls

Most public schools in Kenya start their third and last semester of the year in the second week of September 2013. Second semester was hugely affected by the teachers’ strike in many public schools sending all students back to their homes. Just as all students from other schools, the children of Good Samaritan Home retreated to the only home they know under the care of their founder, Mercy Thuo and her staff. The teachers were demanding a better pay.

That aside, we have exciting news to share regarding the exemplary academic performance of children living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home(GSCH). Two of the students attending one school in Nairobi were the best performers in their classes (9th and 12 Grade respectively). The best performing student in the 9th grade was the most excellent in nine subjects including Math and Science. Above all, this student’s remarkable leadership skills had earned him a student leadership position right from the time he joined the school. In this same school, the best performing male student in 12th grade was the most outstanding student in the school scoring grade A in all subjects including Math and Science. Similarly, another female student from GSCH attending a different school was the best performer in her 12th grade final examination. The list goes on and on in regard to the commendable academic performance of the GSCH children.

Undoubtedly, we attribute these achievements to a concerted effort of the founder and staff of GSCH, donors, and partners who have made contributions towards this most worthy cause. All contributions you make go towards purchasing the items the children need for school as well as purchasing food, beddings, and other basic necessities needed in the home that make life a little comfortable for these children.

Currently, 258 children from GSCH are attending various schools in Nairobi and nearby counties. As schools open this week, the children are in need of various educational and personal items including, tuition fees, school uniform and shoes, stationeries, bus fares and other personal effects. Acquisition of these items means uninterrupted learning for the children. We most sincerely thank you for all you have done to ensure that the children remain in school throughout the school year. We request that you continue with your kind gestures of making donations. You can make your contribution for projects #s 7377 and 6163 anytime throughout the year on website. 

Finally, enjoy the pictures of the children from the GSCH and follow the link to a music recording of a handful of girls from the home. The music recording is part of the Diamond in the Dust project happening within the home.

Minefield Game
Minefield Game
GSCH Fun Activity Day
GSCH Fun Activity Day



Everyone is busy working at the Good Samaritan Children's Home.  There is school, homework, sports, drama  and play, but the staff insists on all of the children work to make the home clean and neat and effecient.  Not only do the children take care of their rooms, bathrooms, beds and storage; but they also help with the on-site farm's dairy herd and a pig sty. The older girls help with the toddlers and babies, much as happens in large families.   

With all of the kids pitching in, the work gets done in a hurry.  These chores help the children to bond to each other and to the home itself, creating a feeling of belonging and family.

Pictured here is a young boy who is cleaning the area between two buildings.

For more information about Fabulous African Fabrics and Global Giving's work with the orphans of Mathare Slum, read our Spring Newsletter, The Cloth and the Mud which appears on our new website:


This month, a Kenyan Daily carried an editorial detailing why a majority of children graduating from primary schools fail to attend Kenya’s national and provincial high schools. Some of the reasons provided include lack of school fees and distance from the children’s homes to school. For the children sheltered at the Good Samaritan Children Home, Nairobi, the reasons could go beyond these. Because of their plight, these children are likely to miss high school due to lack of tuition fee, school uniform, textbooks, writing materials, and school shoes. However, due to the generosity of our donors who have continued to contribute funds that have helped them acquire these requirements, the majority of kids who graduated from primary schools have been able to join high schools that recruited them this year. This means, their dreams of acquiring quality education and realizing their career goals are within reach. We cannot thank you enough!

We look forward to continue raising funds for these children who remain optimistic about their future despite their painful past experiences. This summer, friends of Fabulous African Fabrics (FAF) Organization in Lansing, East Lansing, and Grand Rapids, Michigan will hold a rummage sale to raise funds for this worthy cause. We hope you can join us in this event once the details have been worked out and communicated.

Because of your generous financial contributions throughout the year 2012, the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) has been able to purchase school shoes for more than 200 children. In the year that just ended (2012), FAF organization was able to raise and send $10,500 to the GSCH. These funds have been used to meet the educational needs of the children including tuition fee, buying school uniforms, among other needs. To these efforts, FAF organization, Mercy Thuo (founder and director of the Home), and the children wish to thank everyone who responded to their plight.

We can’t reiterate enough how much the teenagers appreciate a pair of school shoes as it translates to a higher sense of self esteem and shelves them from embarrassment and scolding from their peers.

As we start this New Year, 2013, it is important to keep in mind the fact that GSCH continues to receive more vulnerable children to their “family”. At the same time, several children who reside at the home will be graduating from primary schools and transitioning to high schools later this month. Others will be transitioning from high schools to college. These transitions imply more need for educational requirements including but not limited to tuition fee, school uniforms, school shoes, textbooks, and writing materials. Given these realities, FAF Organization and Mercy Thuo trusts that you will continue supporting these little angels as they work hard in school and look forward to a better future amid their current life uncertainties. Contributions to FAF projects can be made throughout the year on Global Giving Organization. All that is required to make a contribution online is visit their website: and choose project Numbers, 7377 (for buying school shoes) or, 6163 (for tuition fee) and follow instructions. We forever remain thankful for your partnership and generosity


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Fabulous African Fabrics

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

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