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.
Jun 6, 2013

Still Going On

"Despite the condemnation of FGM,   internationally often seen as a violation of a woman’s rights, the Pokot community have continued to embrace this ritual whose long-term physiological effects include septicaemia, genital malformation and even death." 

This is an excerpt from an article published in the Standard Digital, June 6, 2013.  The full article entitled,

"Going under the knife destroyed innocent young student’s life", is here, h
ttp://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085346&story_title=going-under-the-knife-destroyed-innocent-young-student-s-life&pageNo=4

Though outlawed long ago, the traditional tribes continue this ritual. Isolation, lack of education, love of culture all contribute to the persistence of these harmful practices.
Leadership from within is rising. Women are receiving educaiton and returning to their tribes to lead and educate.

Expanding Opportunities seeks to assist these leaders to eradicate these harmful practices with education and sensitivithy to culture.

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Jun 4, 2013

Meet John

John, his grandmother and his cousin
John, his grandmother and his cousin

A few years ago, a woman arrived at JWHS with a story of widowhood, and mothering her grandchildren.  We met John.  He had on clothes that would have fit him a year ago, ripped, torn and tired he shyly stood by his grandmother.  He needed a uniform and shoes before he would be allowed to return to school. 

Now several years later, a new uniform, shoes and supplies every year, this year he in addition to  his uniform, he received a blanket, and a solar light to make study at night possible.  This year, his grandmother grabbed a Jembe, (hoe) and turned over a good portion of our garden in thanks. 

Progress all around.  I am privileged to be the hands to extend our donors love and concern. Thank you for making it possible.

May 31, 2013

MEET ELISA

Eliza
Eliza

MEET Elisa : Elisa is a new teen in her last year of primary school. Her mother died leaving her father with the four girls and three boys.  It is the Samburu tradition to perform FGM and marry girls young which ends their formal education.

With the help of sponsors, the father will allow his girls to receive education before marriage.  Elisa is in the top ten of her class.  Because of her sponsor, for the last three years, Elisa has been able to stay in school.  Her sponsor is forced to end her sponsorship at the end of 2013.  We trust that a donor will step forward and continue her sponsorship.

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