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.
Apr 3, 2015

A Grandmother's World

Margaret and her 4 grandchildren at her room
Margaret and her 4 grandchildren at her room

 Quietly, politely she approached the gate. Soon I was called to find an elderly woman sitting on the veranda. She shifted and smiled and stammered. Needing the assistance of a translator the new House Father sat and assisted her to tell her story.   She lives in one room with her four grandchildren. Her daughter, their mother, had left her with the 4 children, three years ago. Crippled with arthritis and beleaguered with chest pain, she is struggling to keep the children in school. They are behind with the school fees requested by the public primary and nursery school. The children’s uniforms are ragged and worn.

She is not requesting that we take the children into the home but that we help with the school uniforms and fees. The older children are of great assistance to her. Discussions with local residents and the chief and a home visit confirms and reveals a worse situation than imagined.

Thanks to donors like you we are able to assist this woman and not place her on an ever increasing waiting list. With your help this grandmother can maintain the relationship with her grandchildren and the children can receive an uninterrupted education.

We have paid the children’s arrears in school fees but need donations for their uniforms. Fifty dollars purchases a complete uniform with shoes.

Thank you.

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Mar 12, 2015

Sunglasses

Former vulnerable children - happy at JWHS
Former vulnerable children - happy at JWHS

 Entering the supermarket to purchase snacks and drinking water for our visitors, we are approached by four street children. A couple of them we had encountered a few times prior. “Give me 5 shillings”, “buy me bread”,... Knowing them, there are a few that have parents. We can only wonder if they know where their children are and if they approve or even sent them. Exiting the shop, I stop for a short discussion but we have only water this time. Driving off a hand quickly grabs the sunglasses from one of our visitors. ICK!! What a message to give visitors. Please, stop the vehicle and let us find that child. Eventually our driver found the boy and returned the sunglasses. Another day I will deal with this budding thief.

As we work with children on the street, we become more convinced that intensive work is necessary to prevent the inevitable progression from hunger, glue addiction, theft, incarceration and worse. Supervision, consistency, relationship and education are the tools to effect change. A meal long enough to communicate and establish relationship is the first step.

It is through the wonderful generosity of donors like you that we can change the lives of children. On the street, in the hands of the children’s department, abandoned or in other vulnerable situations, Expanding Opportunities works individually with children to provide what we can of what is best for that child. Thank you for your assistance.

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Feb 23, 2015

Starting the New Year

In the kitchen
In the kitchen

2015 has begun.  The children at JWHs are a strong family.  The numbers of children still on the streets is overwhelming at times.  New faces replacing the liucky ones who have found places in children's homes .  Yet, some of my favorite moments occur during the ordinary daily tasks at our children's home, JWHS. All of them seem to include music.. Imam singing while he works, michael stuck on a chorus....Right now our new employee, David, is making chapati, a few kids are helping and there is happy singing in the kitchen. Lifts all my burdens and I can say, it is worth it. Thank you sponsors fir putting a song in These kids hearts. Anyone else want to be a part of a child’s life. We have a couple openings at JWHS, plenty of children to fill them but sponsors are needed to assure they will be supported.

Maggies project
Maggies project
mwel trying a hand at Origami
mwel trying a hand at Origami

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