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.
May 1, 2012

Time Ran Away

A bit of farming
A bit of farming

It is hard to believe that we are entering month 5 of 2012!  I flew to Kenya with the awesome privilege to appropriately, transparently and honestly expend your hard earned donations.  There was so much to do. A bit of construction, sprucing up, planting, feasting, sharing gifts; buying uniforms, paying school fees, feeding children on the street, interviewing the many needs that knock on the door each day, rescuing girls, attending a graduation; following up on past children, assisting new ones, evaluating our progress, planning for the future, managing volunteers. 

The time flew by. To look at what was accomplished brings an outpouring of wonderful stories. I hope to share them with you in the coming months. To look at what had to be ignored is painful. A waiting list, girls and more girls, all of them needing, at the very least, a boarding school to be able to have safe housing and education. Each costing about $1,000 per year.

In the face of having to say I will try to help but right now I cannot promise… the dream for a larger piece of land for a Coed Home School where children can learn at their own pace and find individualized attention, love and concern surfaces again from its “stuffing” place. The dream of a place where overcrowded classrooms do not rob a child of adequate instruction, where children can fill the gaps in their broken education and go on to learn to read, write and compute. The dream of a place where they can learn a skill that will support them and their future families.

Dreams, dreams, thank you for letting me touch on the needs you have filled and the needs that stand. Dreams do come true when we work together one child at a time to make a difference.   THANK YOU GlobalGiving Donors.

graduation; following up on past children, evaluating our progress, planning for the future, managing volunteers. 

The time flew by. To look at what was accomplished brings an  outpouring of wonderful stories. To look at what had to be ignored is painful

A bit of feasting
A bit of feasting
A bit of relaxation
A bit of relaxation
A bit of sharing gifts
A bit of sharing gifts
A bit of sprucing up.
A bit of sprucing up.
A bit of traditional construction
A bit of traditional construction
A bit of wonder
A bit of wonder
A few school fees
A few school fees
A graduation
A graduation

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Apr 25, 2012

CAMP FOREST BEGINS 2012

Archery Instruction
Archery Instruction

Camp Forest is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn and grow in the wilderness.  The 2012 season is on us. Already we are getting requests for Campership Applications.  Research shows that experience in the wilderness develops creativity, leadership, problem solving, and personal relationship skills as well as providing "lost proofing" and indigenous cultural and survival skills. 

Camp Forest is offering Day Camp and Expeditions.  You can attend from anywhere!  Take a look at the website and the 2012 brochure.

If you were a camper when you were young, then you are aware of the value of the camping experience.  Help a child have that same experience. 

First Canoe Ride
First Canoe Ride
Eagle Shelter
Eagle Shelter

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Apr 2, 2012

Dini and Seiboku UPDATE

Dini and Seiboku 2011
Dini and Seiboku 2011

Dini and Seiboku were rescued in February of 2011.  Their sponsors learned about the change in management and the ongoing insecurity in Isiolo.  They both desired to have the girls moved to another Children's Home out of the area of unrest.  What should have been a simple move, turned out to be a long drawn out legal process.  BUT in the end we emerged with the two girls.  At age 12 they were taking what was only their second ride in a vehicle! The drive was long but they were excited!  It is wonderful to see the sense of wonder and excitement as these girls learn and grow together.  They spotted two British women in uniform at one of our "refreshment stops".  Learning they were in the British Army was a novelty for them.- Women can do anything.  Thank you Global Giving donors.  It is only with your assistance that Pastoralist Girl's lives can be changed.  They can learn to read, write and compute, they can expand their horizons and CHOOSE if, when and whom to marry.  They can grow and appreciate their pastoralist culture and CHOOSE the lifestyle they desire. For Dini and Seiboku, they will begin their new school on Tuesday April 3 and start yet another adventure in their lives.

Dini and Seiboku 2012
Dini and Seiboku 2012

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