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    Default Man Hacked in the Face Defending an Orphanage Justifiably Rewarded


    By Erin Gloria Ryan
    Jan 27, 2012 3:00 PM

    Man Hacked in the Face Defending an Orphanage Justifiably Rewarded

    A few days ago, a Kenyan man named Omari was released from the hospital after recovering from injuries sustained while defending an orphanage from a band of roving thugs— by himself. They slashed him in the face with a machete, leaving him with a large wound that required stitches. After the incident, a founder of the Longonot Education Initiative appealed to community members of Reddit, asking for $2,000 so the orphanage could build a wall to protect them. A modest request for a worthy cause. So, how much did they raise for Omari and the orphanage?
    The Reddit community raised more than $50,000 to help Omari and the children of the Faraja Orphanage in Ngong, Kenya. Holy balls. The internet can be pretty damn decent sometimes.
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    Thirty-five children between the ages of 2 and 17 currently live in the Faraja Orphanage, and they're all cared for by Omari's mother. She and the children raise chickens and vegetables for food, but they struggle to make ends meet. According to a representative of the Longonot Education Initiative, after the attack that left Omari disfigured, the children were afraid to reenter their home, afraid that people were still waiting inside to attack them. "Invasions" and attacks by roving gangs of thugs aren't uncommon in Ngong, and Omari was fairly certain that the attack that injured him wouldn't be the last. The representative promised that if the effort raised anything over $2,000, the group would use it to buy food and supplies for the kids.
    Donations poured in, and within hours they'd surpassed their goal. But Redditors weren't done yet. After 14 hours, they'd reached the final $50,000 figure, and it seems that donations haven't stopped. Included in the orgy of giving was a $10,000 donation from Weebly, a company that allows users to create their own blogs and websites for free.
    It's kind of amazing to follow a live comment thread of people gathering together to perform an act of incredible goodness for a group of strangers. Even though the drama is unfolding between thousands of people separated by thousands of miles, the aghast updates from the foundation representative are enough to make even the most shriveled of hearts grow three sizes.
    Omari, meanwhile, has become a bit of an of-the-moment folk hero on Reddit, with members discussing sending him a tank, photoshopping his head onto suits of armor, and asking to write him letters.
    Much deserved, and a great example of what can happen when people on the internet get together and do whatever the opposite of bullying is. Oh yeah: "helping."
    UPDATE: According to an updated post on Reddit, the effort has now raised $65,000 for the kids.
    Meet Omari [Reddit]
    Man Hacked in the Face Defending an Orphanage Justifiably Rewarded

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    What a brave man. I am glad they are getting so much money. This is money that will be well spent.
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    Reddit is awesome for stuff like that.
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    Boy's a bonifide hero.
    Tiene razon, y gracias por su opinion. Now go fuck yourself.

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    bona fide! *slap*
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    Aw crap - the grammar police are here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Reddit is awesome for stuff like that.
    So is SomethingAwful. They're doing great stuff with a village in Haiti.
    [Holiday Charity] SA Adopts a Tiny Village in Haiti: $79K+ raised!! They sent pics!! - The Something Awful Forums

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    I knew twitch had to be a redditor!

    So totally shallow I know but, I hope he continues to heal up well. He's very attractive. And even more so considering what he did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    That's fucking AWESOME!
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    i got teary-eyed reading this and twitchy's link. it's nice to see there are still decent people out there.
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    That is beyond awesome. If some thug came after me with a a machete, I would be running the other way.

    Can you imagine how thrilled they are to learn they have $65,000?
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    Wow, just amazing, I cannot even fathom what such generosity will allow them to do.

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    Man I can't imagine what he went through defending those kids. Thank god for people like him. He and the orphanage deserve everything they need and more. I wish the best for all of them.

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    That's a wonderful update!
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    I can't help but to think of Sam Childers (Machine gun preacher) as I read this. They need him to come and bust some thug asses to make those kids feel safe.

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