Expanding Opportunities

Expanding Opportunities' mission is to increase self-sufficiency and cultural awareness through educational and charitable projects for people nationally and internationally. It is a broad mission designed to be clear enough to guide and flexible enough to respond to a variety of human need.
Nov 19, 2013

SCHOOL's OUT!

A Kenya Classroom
A Kenya Classroom

School has closed in Kenya for 2013. Expanding Opportunities assisted 24 children in some way in 2013.  One of them completed high school, three of them completed Class 8 and will move into high school next year. Most of the 24 improved in every subject, and all were promoted to the next grade.  Educaiton is power opening options for the climb from poverty.  Research shows that children meet or exceed the education of their parents so the benefit of educating children reverberates for generations.

Though school is out and children's thoughts far from the classroom, Expanding Opportunities is planning for 2014.  We expect to be assisting more than 24 children in 2014 but we cannot do it without your help.  Education assistance ranges from the purchase of a needed textbook or exam fee at as little as $5.00 or paying for high school boarding fees for an orphan at $700 per year.

As you plan your holiday season, please consider gifting a child's education.

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Nov 19, 2013

Gifting a Campership

Coal burning spoon
Coal burning spoon

Camp Forest builds character, resilience, and provides a safe place for children to learn, grow, experiment and find release.

 Let me share a few quotations from parents in our annual evaluation.

“Camp Forest offers a camp experience unlike any other locally”

“I think Camp Forest is one of the very few really valuable experiences for children. I still consider it a miracle that I found you guys.”

“Camp Forest gives children the opportunities to fully experience a connection with nature.  Children learn important skills for existing in the forest.”

From a camper: “When I whittled a spear so sharp that the kid who was helping me with my nebulizer wanted it (the spear)”

“Camp Forest brings a three continent exposure to rural Maine”

PLEASE consider gifting a CAMPERSHIP to Camp Forest for all your 7-17 year olds this holiday season.

Shelter Building
Shelter Building
Basketweaving
Basketweaving
Nov 4, 2013

Philip

Philip
Philip

Expanding Opportunities' Beverly Stone and two volunteers, Mike and Liz went into town on Thursday October 31. It wasn't long before a little boy dressed in some rather smelly clothes popped out from behind a truck with his hand out. He was holding a bottle of the infamous glue that street children sniff to remain high, not quite so hungry and rather warm. This little fellow's name was Philip. He was wearing two very dirty, and torn jackets.  It is rather cold at night and very warm during the day. He keeps the jackets on so he doesn't lose them for the evening cold sleep on the sidewalk.

We took him to a local restaurant collecting another boy along the way. in exchange for the bottle of glue, we purchase something for them to eat. While they had their tea and mandazi, we asked questions.  The boy's name is Philip.  He had walked to town about two months ago after his mother beat him for stealing a shlling.

This is not unusual. Each of the hundreds of children living on the streets has his or her own story to tell. Often these children have forgotten to tell a 100% truthful story, but Expanding Opportunities intends to follow up on everything he told us and find the best way to help him.

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