Project #6163

Send Orphaned Teens from Kenya to High School

by Fabulous African Fabrics
GSCH children
GSCH children

Most Kenyan students in primary and secondary schools are currently on holiday having closed schools on April 8th, this month. From May 2nd, schools will open for the second semester and go on till early August when they close again for holidays. The last semester of the year will commence in early September to around November 18th when students break for December holidays. Holidays always mean the Good Samaritan Children Home (GSCH) has more mouths to feed as all the children, especially those in boarding schools, come back to the orphanage awaiting the schools to open for the following semester. More often than not, the GSCH find their budget a bit stretched as they have to buy more food to feed the children.

At the same time, opening of schools means finding tuition fee for all school going children living at the orphanage. The schools also require students to be in full school uniform and shoes the first day they report at school. Usually, all students go through a detailed inspection to ensure they have met all these requirements before they are allowed into classes and dorms (for those who live in dorms). Students who do not have tuition fee and uniforms are turned away immediately. This leads to a loss of study time, for the affected students, as well as frustrations on the part of students and the orphanage. We appreciate that you have stood with the children all this time and hope you can dig a little deeper into your pockets, before schools open, and ensure that all the children at GSCH are starting school with all other students and continue learning for the rest of the semester.

Orphans in their dormitory
Orphans in their dormitory

The crisis started when a large number of teens did so well on their entrance exams at the end of elementary school last spring .  Suddenly the Good Samaritan Children's Home had more students with places in top notch high schools.  The tuition bill was sky high.  Did you know that places in high schools are held for students with high grades, but if tuition is not paid in full on registration day, those places are given to students with lower grades and wealthy parents?  Neither did I.  The orphanage met the high tuition bill by adding some of the food budget to pay tuition.  For several weeks the younger children were fed only once a day.  They became out of sorts, not knowing why they could not get more food.  A donation of $800 from Fabulous African Fabrics provided food for a month, and the six to twelve year olds went to class with full stomachs ready  to learn.

Suddenly in a new national ruling from the schools demanded a payment of $50 dollars for an exit test fee for each student who is in the last year of high school.  It had to be paid at their winter enrollement. Seniors were sent home to the orphanage when they did not pay this fee, being told they would lose their place in school if this was not paid on time.  A gracious donor from FAF paid the $950 bill, and that crisis was met.  The teens went back to their boarding schools.

At the same time, the government demanded a payment of $1800 for NGO registration.  The orphanage was threatened to be closed.  Fabulous African Fabrics stepped forward and emptied its coffers and the orphanage was saved. With this NGO registration and restructuring the Kenyan goverment has pledged to help The Good Samaritan Children's Home with some of their financial woes.  We do not know exactly what this means at this time.

 Now FAF must face helping pay the spring tuition bill.  Fortunately it will be smaller than the February bill, but we need your help.  It is bonus day at GlobalGiving on Wednesday March 16.  You can provide tuition money by giving generously.  Bonus Day funds from GlobalGiving will be $75,000.  Let's get some of that bonus.  The percentage of bonus depends on the amount raised, so reach into your pockets. 

We will meet each crisis as it comes, but under new management the Good Samaritan Children's Home will be prepared.


Boys celebrating test scores
Boys celebrating test scores

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.  The above picture shows the celebration inspiring younger boys to do their best. 

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!



When you donate to "Send Orphaned Teens from Kenya to High School," you are contributing to the welfare of future Kenyan children.  Here is the story of Samuel, a nineteen year old from the Good Samaritan Children's Home, told in his own words.

Samuel's School is St Mary’s Mission Hospital High School in Kenya.  He attends this highly-ranked boarding school some miles away from Nairobi, returning to the Good Samaritan Children’s Home during  vacations and holidays.  Fabulous African Fabrics helps to pay his tuition and school shoes so he can concentrate and succeed in his medical studies.

Samuel’s words follow, with editing in brackets by Laura Salazar.

Being a street child, sleeping under carts and shop verandas, denied me shelter, food, clothing and the essentials as education. [I was] rescued from my street life by the Good Samaritan. That raised my hope again.  [Good Samaritan] offered me a home, shelter and basics as food.  Being there in street I had become a drug user and the new home had to rehabilitate me. 

Much more than parental love from Mama Mercy, mentorship from our guardians and volunteers, who we look up to them as role models, [gave me hope.  Thanks to] all sponsors, supporters and all donors who go hungry just to place a smile on our face [and thanks to] those that give not that they have much, but know how it feels to lack.  [I have] dreams of achieving an accolade in medicine; I know I will be there soon, for there is someone supporting my vision and dream.

I am really grateful and thankful for Good Samaritan.  I am in my third year in school just because of the help.  THANK YOU!



Congratulations for donating $2950 for this school term! Sometimes it seems as if FAF is climbing Mt. Kenya. Today we are at the top and looking down with wonder. This is the most you have donated in one term to Good Samaritan Children’s Home’s school expenses since we have been a part of Globalgiving. Thanks to all of you. Bonus days really work to increase our ability to support the orphanage.

Of the funds above, $1950 went to tuition, and $1000 to buy school shoes. Despite this, the home is short $4000 for the fall term, and some teens may have to stay home. In the summer term, tuition funds were short, and several teens stayed at the orphanage. The method the home uses to choose who must stay back is purely first come, first served. Therefore the seniors, junior and sophomores (in Kenya Third Form, Fourth Form, etc) go on with their studies, while the students who have just finished the 8th grade will be kept at the orphanage. There they repeat the 8th grade so they will not forget what they learned and will be able to pass their tests so they may enter high school. Only those students who do well in their tests will be accepted into the private schools our students attend. There are no public high schools in Kenya.

There is good news. Here are several opportunities to make sure that all of the GSCH students who qualify for secondary school in the winter term, will be able to go. Some of these events are on Globalgiving, and some are not. Remember on bonus days, you can make your donation grow.

               September 11 & 12: Garage Sale 8:30 A.M., 3090 Locke St. Grandville, MI

               September 15: Globalgiving Bonus Day. Donations start at 9:01 A.M.

                    Grow your donation by 30%

               October 7: Youth Spark Bonus Day, on Globalgiving 12:00 P.M.-11:59 P.M.

                     Bonus shared by all donors

               November: Jubilee Sale, Spokane, WA, Date to be announced.

               December: Anthony Salazar Fund Drive, all month

E-mail me for details on how to make donations to the Salazar Fund.  

The watercolor above of Mt. Kenya stands for the heights to which our teens aspire. It was created by one of the youths living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home.


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Fabulous African Fabrics

Location: Grand Rapids, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Laura Salazar
Ph. D., Executive Director
Grand Rapids, MI United States

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