Project #6163

Send Orphaned Teens from Kenya to High School

by Fabulous African Fabrics

Global Giving representative Farley Sawyer recently visited the Good Samaritan Children's Home in Nairobi.  FAF asked Farley to make this visit and advise us how FAF can be more effecient in helping the orphanage.  On July 11 we received this message from the director of the home, Mercy Thuo.  Mercy's letters are always interesting and well written.  This is what she reported.

   We trust that all is well at your end as we write to you.  We are all well at the home and we are very grateful for your    support.  Yes we did meet Farley.  We must say that we had a wonderful time together.  We also hope that she got the real picture of what we really do.  Please we are looking forward for more enlightenment on what we really or precisely should be posting in our reports.

   We wish you well in all your endeavors and may God richly reward you.  With very kind regards, Mercy       

Now we await news from Farley and her advice on how we can improve links with Global Giving and the Good Samaritan Children's Home.                            


First, we have a new look!  See our new website:  

Second, we have a new brochure.  Contact us at 727-946-5322 for your copy or a copy to give to a friend.

May 19  FAF's Annual Meeting at 1158 Kensington St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.All members may vote to nelp make decisions about the coming year.  We need to make plans to meet the amount we raised last year:  $10,500!

May 30,  Fund Raiser at El Barrio,  Michigan Street,  Grand Rapids, MI.  Great food and lots of fun.  Put board members into "jail."  Wouldn't you like to see Roger Ellis, Jill Hamilton and Laura Salazar try to get pledges to get them out?  El Barrion will donate 15% of their proceeds to FAF!

Fulton Street Artisan's Market opens on June 2.  Visit us at Booth #10 11:00-3:00 every other Sunday to buy our beautiful hats and toys and scarves.  Proceeds go to FAF. Let's hope to have a wonderful market year, 1913.

July 13 Laura will give a paper at the IDEA conference in Paris, France.  Along with Zayda Sierra she will talk about how the IDEA conference in Kissumu, Kenya in 1998 changed her life and the lives of the orphans of the Good Samaritan Home.




At the Good Samaritan Children
At the Good Samaritan Children's Home

Fabulous Afrcian Fabrics broke its last record by $500, by sending $10,500 to the Good Samaritan Children's Home in 2012.  It is amounts like that which has allowed the Home to hire a social worker and other professionals making this home one of the best run in Nairobi.

FAF raised six thousand dollars on Global Giving last year.  You have made this possible.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  In December FAF sent $1694 dollars for Project 7377, shoes for school children, and $652 for tuition, Project 6163.

The Anthony Salazar Fund, raised $1200 this winter.  This money is used for emergencies as they arise at the orphanage.  Last year the emergency fund was used for the special items the growing number of babies and toddlers require.  Our sales of items made of African textiles also provides money for the Home.  In 2012 our hatter, Lucille Ramshaw sewed 24 hats that we sold at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Artisan's Market.  The coming summer will be our 14th year with a booth at the market.

Keep in mind that Bonus Day on Global Giving falls in March, and you will be hearing from us and the need for tuition money for those bright teens at the Good Samaritan Home.  For more news about life in Africa and this organization check our website:



But of course the job is not done.


Tony would say, "Donate to my fund or else!"
Tony would say, "Donate to my fund or else!"

During the month of December Fabulous African Fabrics  honors memory of FAF's founder's son, Anthony Salazar by asking for donations in his name.  Tony passed away in 2005 of an AVM at the age of 37. 

We've attached a picture of Tony at age 15 just to show you what a guy he was, full of energy and wit.  He loved to experiment with his image and just who he could be.  He went from the snarky teenager we see here to a generous and loving man.  It is appropriate to honor his spirit and memory through gifts to the children of the Good Samaritan Children's Home in Nairobi Kenya, who also need the freedom to experiment and develop their personalities. 

The fund goes to  help FAF maintain emergency dollars for the orphanage.  Last year this money paid high school tuition for teens at the Good Samaritan Children's Home.  Next year we don't know where the money goes, but if you donate to Project 6163 now we know that there will not be such a chruch when it comes to collecting the $1000 per child per year for tuition.

We wish you the happiest of holidays, and a generous spirit.

Top: Good shoes. Bottom: barefoot or flipflops
Top: Good shoes. Bottom: barefoot or flipflops

Usually our reports on this space emphasize the need for tuition funds for our children at the Good Samaritan Children's Home.  Today we are asking you to consider the need for good sturdy shoes for the children to wear to school.  Not only must teens have the money for tuition, but they also need be dressed properly to even  walk into a classroom.

For this Bonus Day on October 17, we are asking you to make your contribution to our Project #7377, which provides new shoes to the students at the Good Samaritan Children's Home.Ten dollars purchases one pair of shoes.  Our goal for this Bonus Day is to provide 100 shoes for the orphans of the Good Samaritan Children's Home--that means we raise $700 and with Global Giving's 30% match we will have enough money to see that 1 in 5 children at the home will have a new pair of shoes.

We know that you are interested in educating these worthy scholars.  Now give them the extra boost with sturdy shoos for school.  Go to Project 7377 on the 17th of October.  Your donation must be made between 12:01 A.M. and 11:59 P.M. on the 17th.  Make your donation early in the day, because when the money for the matching funds run out there will be no more.  On last Bonus Day matching funds were all used up by 10:00 A.M.

The size of your donation does not matter.  You can buy one pair of shoes for $10.00.  Think about how happy and proud you will make on child.


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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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