“I have only one uniform and my school shoes are getting torn, I wish I could have another pair of school uniform and shoes” -Senny Akinyi- A high school teenager residing at the Good Samaritan Children Home confiding in Sheba Onchiri.
When I look back to the time when I was a teenager in Kenya, I remember the urgency with which I worked on my looks and especially how presentable I desired to be in the presence of my peers. I do remember how I nagged my parents to buy me new school uniforms and shoes whenever mine became old. Once these were provided, I was greatly overjoyed and felt fulfilled.
I believe that many of you can easily relate to this experience. Walking in old tattered school shoes is perhaps the most embarrassing thing any teenager can put up with. The embarrassment gets worse when such teenagers are picked out from their peers during the school assemblies and sent home to get proper shoes. Although this might be unimaginable to many people, it is still a reality in Kenyan schools. It is a hard reality and a complex one as such, for children who have no immediate family to get them these essentials. Lacking school shoes deals a huge psychological blow to children who have lost their parents. Good Samaritan Children Home, located in Mathare, Nairobi provides home to several orphans and other vulnerable children.
It is because of these children’s plight that FAF organization started a project on Global Giving Organization that would help raise funds to specifically help orphaned children buy school shoes. Since its inception, this project number 7377 located at www.globalgiving.org has helped more than 100 teenagers purchase required school shoes.
Since the Good Samaritan Children Home receives orphaned children on a continuous basis, we at FAF seek to ensure that these children who have already gone through so much pain find solace in their new school uniform including school shoes. These, we believe help minimize their pain besides ensuring that their studies are not interrupted. We invite you to donate on October 17, 2012 anytime between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm. This will be Global Giving’s Bonus Day, meaning, GG will add 30% to every donation you make. Our goal is to raise $700.00 to go towards purchasing school shoes.
Given our previous experience, GlobalGiving matching funds end as early as 10:00 a.m. Therefore, we urge our friends to donate early. Your donation will make a huge difference in the lives of these children. We look forward to your contribution.