surviving in africa

A Motto for Life

Scrawled on a crossbeam in the Good Samaritan orphanage is this inspiring motto: “Never lose hope in life.” Despite all its travails, Mathare is a place where people hang onto hope, sometimes desperately, sometimes by a gossamer thread. As John has told me, it is not a lack of material or financial resources that is … Read More

The Finished Product!

And voila, a golden-brown chapatti is ready to wrap dinner. For children in the orphanage that’s usually black beans laced with strips of shaved kale.

Making Chapati

Today, they’re making chapatti, a Kenyan tortilla, that is one of the staples of the local diet. It starts with forming the maize flour into dough.

The Kitchen

Let’s go into Good Samaritan’s kitchen and see what the older kids are preparing.

Good Samaritan Children’s Home

Let’s take a look at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home & Rehabilitation Centre as it exists today. We’ll start by walking through its distinctive main gate.

It’s Bath Time

John would bathe and wash his clothes in this river adjacent to Mathare and just below the Thika Rd. expressway.