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.
Sep 14, 2012

Quick profile of two girls

Dini
Dini

The three pronged approach Expanding Opportunities has taken for the pastoralist girl child is moving forward.  We currently are sponsoring five girls in boarding primary school.  The girls who run away from FGM or Early Forced Marriage have often never attended school. Though they can be 10 or 12, they have never been in school.  The needs of these girls are different; they are much older than their classmates.  We carefully select schools that are able to integrate these older learners.

Let me briefly update you about two of “our girls”.

Dini was rescued in March of 2011. The community had been told she was "available for marriage" at age 11.  A bright and lively girl she is enjoying her adventure in Education. She had never held a pencil, nor knew a word of Kiswahili or English.  Now she is able to communicate in three languages and is performing very well in her class.  She has a sponsor in Maine.

Juliza is a 9 year old girl who is currently in Class One as she had never attended school until the beginning of 2012. She was engaged to be married and ran away to the school.  As the laws of Kenya forbid marriage before the age of 18, she is in school and boarding at Kipsing Academy. A Girl Scout Troop is sponsoring her for one year which will end in April of 2013.  Her sponsorship after April will be dependent upon donors giving to our general girl child education prong of the project until she has another sponsor

Soon we will begin construction of a Girl's Rescue Center in Ariemet, Kenya.  come along and join us in the effort.

Juliza
Juliza

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Aug 13, 2012

Another Girl in School

Faith in the Juvenile Detention Facility
Faith in the Juvenile Detention Facility

Faith: Three months ago an email came in. There was an orphan girl placed in a juvenile detention facility for her own protection. Many female orphans are taken in by family members but it is not for humanitarian reasons. The facility knew that juvenile detention is really not a good place for a young girl whose only crime was being an orphan. At the time of contact we did not have the funding for Faith's education.

We hoped that there would be someone of better character to take Faith into their home or donors would assist to move her to a school

Thanks to several small donors, the two pieces came together.  A Kenyan woman working in child affairs was willing to take Faith into her home and pay her support if. she could receive help with her school fees. 

Expanding Opportunities' was able to purchase her uniform, school supplies and pay her school fees. Now Faith is in school. She completed her first end Term Exams for 2012 and did well for someone who has been out of school.  Now she has a bench mark and can work upward from there. 

Thank you donors.

Faith in her school uniform
Faith in her school uniform

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Aug 10, 2012

RETURNING VOLUNTEER

Volunteer to Return to Rabondo
Volunteer to Return to Rabondo

It is always a great pleasure when a volunteer chooses to return to continue a project.  In early 2012, Maggie volunteered to assist at the Distance Learning enter in Rabondo.  Sorting through books, cataloging them and placing them on the new shelving in the tiny library was a hot but rewarding job.  While working outside with the books, the children heading home for lunch were drawn like a magnet.  That was when Maggie decided to start a reading program.  Selecting a child's picture book from the myriad books on the table. She began to read!  What fascination and wonder.  From that day it was hard to get the children to go have lunch and then return to school! 

This fall, 2012, Maggie has decided to return to the Distance Learning Center to continue the reading program and assist with the computer classes.

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