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.
Aug 29, 2013

Kipsing Academy

Kipsing Girls win competitions in Isiolo
Kipsing Girls win competitions in Isiolo

Kipsing is a small rural village 78 km from Isiolo, Kenya.  Many years ago the Catholic Church established a mission in this pastoralist community and built a school.  Now, many years later, the school has been turned over to the government and the Catholic Church continues to manage the dormitories.

The Headteacher of Kipsing Academy is extremely active in the community. He works hard to ensure education for the girl child.  Girls will run away from home to the school. He works with families to help them understand the importance of education for the girl child and the laws of Kenya which forbid FGM and Early Forced Marriage.  The biggest barrier to his work is locating assistance to keep the girls in the dormitory while they attend school and during holidays when insistent fathers will marry off the girls.  The Catholic Church subsidizes the dormitory but requests a family contribution.

Thanks to your assistance, Expanding Opportunities is assisting four girls to receive an education at Kipsing Academy. There are many more on the waiting list.

Links:

Aug 6, 2013

Meet Joshua

Joshua
Joshua

Joshua Ndugu has been with us for several years.  He is now over 18 and is in Class 8. He missed a great deal of school before coming to us.  He struggles as a student due to the lack of a solid foundation when young.   He is a hard worker and very responsible. Rather quiet, he is always ready to lend a hand. Turn around and he will be there and say "Let me help you with that. ".


 He is in love with automobiles and hopes we will be able to help him get his driver's license and mechanics school.
He is in his last year of primary school and takes the KCPE examination in November.


Early in the year, a wonderful donor came along and assisted him to get his school fees paid, and  renew the parts of his uniform that were no longer useable.  He does not have a regular sponsor.


He has three months more of primary school then take his examination in November.   He is hoping to take a driver education class in December and an automotive mechanics apprenticeship or a course in January . It will cost approximately $1,000.00 to take Joshua from where he is now to independence and employment.   Two donors giving a recurring donation s of $31.00 per month will be matched by an anonymous donor and Joshua will be independent, employed and grateful.  Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity.

Josh
Josh
Joshua painting
Joshua painting

Links:

Jul 18, 2013

Camp Forest 2013

The joys of weaving at Camp Forest
The joys of weaving at Camp Forest

Summer 2013 is well underway.  Campers are learning and having fun.  This week Camp Forest hosted Ray Reitze, a Maine Guide and founder of Earthways School of Wilderness Living. Mentored by a Native American, he taught indigenous skills at Earthways for many years.  His teaching sparked and fueled many cultural initiatives. This week he taught brown ash basketmaking.

Camp Forest has several weeks with opening this summer.   Those living or visiting in the Waldo County area of Maine can send their children to Day Camp; they can attend an adult workshop; or send a child on a wilderness expedition from anywhere in the world!!  Although Camp Forest is one of the less expensive camps, it is still out of the reach of many families.  Camperships are needed for children whose families could not otherwise send their child to Camp.

Ray Reitze teaches basket weaving
Ray Reitze teaches basket weaving
Cooling off on a hot day
Cooling off on a hot day

Links:

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $30
    give
  • $75
    give
  • $150
    give
  • $700
    give
  • $1,800
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $30
    each month
    give
  • $75
    each month
    give
  • $150
    each month
    give
  • $700
    each month
    give
  • $1,800
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Expanding Opportunities

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Expanding Opportunities on GreatNonProfits.org.