Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Umoja is one of three orphanages that we visited. Again, it's a mix of natural beauty and utter poverty.
The first dorm pic is one of the current dorms. The newer looking dorms needs to be painted and then they can move in! A big improvement. The sheets on the bed are sheet we were able to purchase with your help!
They have no regular source of income except for the eggs they are now raising, thanks to help from Tenwek. Joseph, the director, is doing a great job with that.
They have 38 children, and they go to government schools, which are free. But once a child enters high school, private is the only option. It costs about $550 (ksh 40,000) for the freshman year (form 1), which is about half a years salary to the average worker. The rest of high school is only $150 (ksh 10,000) per year, because all the books, fees, clothes, etc. have been paid for.
If any of you would like to help sponsor a child's high school education let me know! I will have pictures of them coming soon. There are eight children from this orphanage in particular that will be entering Form 1 (freshmen year) this fall -- if we can find them help.