The school came across while searching for the National Park entrance to Mt. Longonot. The school was 28 years old. One of the two rooms was too unsafe to occupy, so the 48 children were forced to cram into one small room.
May 15th, 2012
After three long months of construction, the school was finally finished! Since construction attendance has increased from 48 to 75 students, and the building is also being used by the community as a voting place, for community meetings, and as an HIV/AIDS testing center.
September 1st, 2010
Prior to building the new school in Longonot, we began supporting the students with a daily meal. According to the teachers, the meal significantly improved the students’ ability to concentrate in the afternoon lessons.
January 26th, 2012
A shot of the wooden fence that used to surround Faraja Children’s Home. Thieves were easily able to break through the fence, which led to the attack on Omari.
October 31st, 2011
Our first-ever post to reddit - the post resulted in a little over $300 in donations. The girl was one of the students at the school in Longonot before we constructed the new building. This was her first time painting, she certainly looks proud of her work!
February 17th, 2012
After a little over two weeks of construction the new wall was finally finished! Faraja is now completely safe and secure from the thieves in the nearby slum; there hasn’t been an attack or break-in since the wall was built.
January 26th, 2012
We posted this photo of Omari, two days after her was hit in the face with a machete by the thieves during a break-in, to reddit.com. The picture and story went viral within 24 hours.
November 6th, 2012
One of the girls at Faraja, Nancy, was having a very difficult time hearing, concentrating and participating in school. Since we purchased her new hearing aids she has been extremely social and is doing much better in school!
September 3rd, 2013
What used to be an old church was then being used as a chicken coop. Turning it into a suitable classroom seemed like a daunting task at the time.
March 14th, 2014
Construction of the new classroom at the Living Positive Daycare Center began! We helped fund a large portion of this project and worked with LPK to achieve the matching funds through a grant.
January 27th, 2012
After more than 3,000 people from all around the world donated more than $80,000 after we posted the photo of Omari to reddit, the Faraja family wanted to thank them!
December 25th, 2012
Though they had celebrated Christmas in past years, the kids at Faraja had never celebrated it like this! Each child received a new school bag, pair of shoes, new outfit, and school supplies.
November 5th, 2013
With the help of the boys at the class, we managed to transform an abandoned room in the slum into a classroom of their very own. They love coming to class knowing they helped make it!
March 22nd, 2014
The Ahadi boys in their new soccer jerseys!
March 6th, 2012
We purchased 18 bunk beds (36 beds) for all of the children at Faraja. They had been sleeping on the mattresses on the floor for years. The kids started cheering and picking which bed was theirs as soon as we put them into the rooms.
May 2nd, 2013
We met a group of more than 20 street boys who struggled with life in a Kenyan slum and drug addiction. We decided our next project would be to help these boys return to school.