Education
 Kenya
Project #7377

Provide School Shoes to Kenyan Orphans

by Fabulous African Fabrics

 

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 globalgiving.com, 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

“ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN GOT SHOES”

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

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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.

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ASSESSMENT OF FIRE DAMAGE BY KRIS WEHTA, MARCH 29, 2015:

(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.

Fire Truck during the tragedy
Fire Truck during the tragedy

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!

The destruction caused
The destruction caused
Nothing to salvage
Nothing to salvage
The damage caused and complex under construction
The damage caused and complex under construction

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Organization Information

Fabulous African Fabrics

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