Wow. What a busy month we have had. We thank God that all three boys, Johnny, Kevin and Mutiso, who finished primary school last year were finally accepted in government high schools where they are now boarding. There are not enough high schools in Kenya, and none of these boys are academically strong, so getting a school was a challenge. Thanks to good end of year giving, we were able to pay the Kes. 42,000+ ($500) for each boy to get uniforms, textbooks, mattress, bedding, etc. on top of the school fees which are always more first term. All of these boys are currently under the care of a relative (brother or grandparent in these cases) after staying at Ahadi for several years. Pray for them as they further adjust to a boarding school environment. In Kenya, it is almost expected that children go to boarding school during high school years, and the cost difference from day school isn’t that much, considering that we aren’t feeding these boys at home. Just getting set up initially is the big item.
CASE IN POINT
Our Ahadi Family has grown with two more teen-aged boys, Richard and Patrick, who joined us this month after the church elders, a sister to the boys, and their pastor begged us to please rescue them. Their father died of poisoning when they were toddlers and their mother died last year of heart attack. Four older brothers are drunkards, and the sister (the only girl among 6 brothers) was taken in by her pastor’s family who live near the church where our boys attend. Richard and Patrick were sort of being cared for by the community but weren’t settling well because there was no one at home for them, and they weren’t always being fed. Though the school allowed them to go free, it was hard for them to concentrate when their basic needs weren’t being met. Again, we thank God and you for end of year giving that made this possible. Their shopping was almost as much as the boarders above. For the two of them, our expenses came to Kes. 67,000 ($760). It is not a small thing to take in more children! Both of them have medical issues that are being addressed as well. Now we have been asked by the area chief to take in 4 more! Hmm. End of year giving is finished, and we are dipping into the emergency fund again. Our social worker will find out how big of an emergency these boys pose. Since our boys in upper primary school are also expected to board, we do have beds available but… What do you think? The decision is partly yours since our funding comes from you, our friends.
AHADI’S UNIVERSITY BOYS’ NEEDS
Two of our university boys need laptops which cost around Kes. 45,000 ($550). Their sponsors cannot afford this on top of their fees. Lecturers now assume that students have access to computers and even give out notes and some textbooks through e-mail, flash disks, CD’s, etc. These boys are really struggling to have access to computers so they can complete their assignments! HELP! Also, Rickson, one of our boys who finished high school years ago and has been struggling with menial jobs and charity from extended family ever since, has now requested that we help him go to a college to study Social Work and Community Development, beginning in May. Each trimester is around Kes.40,000 ($500) and upkeep would be another $600, and set up in a room along with better clothes $500. So initial cost is around $1,600, but after that around $1,100 three times per year (two terms left this year).