Edit 1: Here are a few more pictures!
Edit 2: For those who would like to volunteer their time at the Faraja Orphanage, the organization that sends volunteers is called Fadhili Community, through the International Volunteer HQ.
Edit 3: How Reddit Saved an Orphanage
Edit 4: So many of you have offered support, and we are making an effort to get in touch with everybody. Kyle Burkholder (Swahili-speaker) and Liana Leyrer (TammyTwo), will also be contacting those who have said they would like to help in any way. So far up to $70,000!!!!!!!
Edit 5: Redditors Without Borders!
Edit 6: $73,000! Thanks everyone for all of the encouraging emails! I can't begin to put into words how thankful I am.
Edit 7: Original Post and where you can Donate.
Edit 8: Just to confirm, there are currently two armed police officers stationed at the orphanage. They will remain there all night. We will continue to hire them to guard the orphanage during the next few nights until the wall is completed. That being said, tomorrow morning we're buying the materials!
Edit 9: $79,000! I'm headed back to Faraja in an hour or two. I'll be there most of the day, but I'll keep you all updated!
Edit 10: Just decided to stop home really quickly to update you all. Omari, Mama Mora and all of the children enjoyed a restful, and most importantly safe night last night! Yesterday I left Mama Mora with 20,000ksh (roughly $200) to buy food and other supplies. This morning she brought me a record book, detailing every single shilling spent and asked me to sign next to the amounts. She has been documenting all donations and expenditures of the home for years. This was more than encouraging! She will continue to record all of the money spent on not only the costs for the construction of the wall but for the food, supplies and wages of the guards. Apparently during the first or second invasion of the home the thugs took a set of house keys to all of the locks of the home which allowed them to easily break in during their third and fourth invasions. As I write this, Omari is in town shopping for new padlocks to all of the doors. This afternoon we will begin to buy the materials and supplies needed for the wall, and contract a construction crew that will hopefully begin building tomorrow! We are also looking into hiring a guard to watch the home during the day in addition to the two guards at night. Many of you were asking if it was possible to donate things like books, toys, etc. This is a great idea and they would be more than grateful for these things. They are even considering starting a library in one of the rooms of the home! The address is: Faraja Childrens Home P.O. Box 57526 - 00200 Nairobi.
Edit 11: Hit $80,000!!! We have changed all of the locks to the four doors of the home, and purchased new padlocks for the iron gates that cover the doors. The police will patrol outside the orphanage, and we have hired a Maasai watchman to patrol within the compound at night. We also bought him a rather sweet machete to use while on guard (ironic?). Tomorrow we intend to hire another to guard the compound during the day. We bought 60 bags of cement, and will buy 30 more tomorrow (they did not have the full amount in stock today). We will also buy the stone, sand, and the rest of the materials needed for the wall tomorrow. We intend to hire 15-20 workers, and have already had many people volunteer to help with the construction; the goal is to finish the wall as soon as possible. I will continue to update this post until there is enough progress (or we have finished), to create a new post. Keep checking back for more updates!
Edit 12: Enjoy this picture of Omari with his hammer. He still keeps it beside his bed every night!
Edit 13: I forgot to upload the pictures of the new locks we installed on all of the doors yesterday! Keep in mind these doors/locks are also protected by a metal gate with newly installed padlocks. Today we got A LOT of work done! We hired a construction company to build the wall; they have agreed to have it completed it one week. We purchased the sand and gravel, and the stone will arrive tomorrow. We will also buy the remaining tools and materials tomorrow morning. As you can see we had to tear down part of the wooden gate (in order to get the trucks into the compound), which we promptly put back up before dusk! Construction beings at 8am sharp tomorrow! We also have a number of volunteers who want to help, which will only speed up the process. It's hard to describe how amazing it feels to see all of this happening so fast. It was only a few days ago this all seemed like a dream!
We will continue to post updates to both this blog, and the original Reddit post. We hope you will continue to follow our progress!