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.
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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Feb 23, 2015

The DOORS are OPEN

Students working together
Students working together

 

 Gordon Clem Academy opened at the beginning of February. At first we had no students, then we had several inquiries, now we have 5 students in the classroom and several promises to come when they find money. I admit I was not just a little bit discouraged as they had begged us to come and build here. But they have also said that this is the way it is here. They had hoped the people would respond more quickly but it is their culture to wait.

So we are teaching and enjoying these 5 students at this time relying on the people of the community to round up these teens who are now quite busy with their goats and water fetching duties. Most are saying they still don’t have any funds for sending their child. They understand it costs money to hire teachers and buy books but no matter how good if it is out of budget it cannot happen. There is also a severe water problem. The community well about 1 km away from us that we used also had a cracked casing and cannot draw water. – All of us have to go to the dwindling drying river – stream to collect the water that has been a urinal for cows, goats sheep camel and donkey and a bath for most all of us, and use this water for drinking and bathing, cooking and cleaning. It is a HUGE HUGE hardship and already many children are arriving at the dispensary with intestinal parasites. A drilled well costs about 40-50,000 US Dollars!! EEK! No wonder there are so few.

This slow start has worked to be a blessing as we are able to work with the staff to build a team and work out the kinks in the schedule. We also had time to begin the Business lab, an income generating as well as hands on teaching project. There are no shops for 3 kilometers here to buy sugar, tea, ugali, (the staple food,   So we opened a small shop. It has bowled us over with work for a few weeks.  Rushing to get the things they want, searching out wholesalers, trying to keep enough in stock,… It is settling down a bit now and the sales are good. We hope it will pay for the shop clerk who will also teach the kids and they will work in the shop as well.

Your partnership with us will assist students and purchase books and supplies.

The first two classrooms at Gordon Clem Academy
The first two classrooms at Gordon Clem Academy
The area Chairman at Gordon Clem Academy
The area Chairman at Gordon Clem Academy

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Feb 9, 2015

CAMP FOREST 2015 ONLNE

Learning around the fire
Learning around the fire

Camp Forest 2015 schedule is up on line. Take a look and see how exciting this ecological wilderness day and expedition camp is!   Among the new offerings this year are Earth Girl’s Camp – an entire week of Day Camp just for girls and Beaver Skills Week - a week of advanced wilderness skills. Returning for campers from anywhere in the world is the week long expedition down the Passagassawakeag River in Waldo County, Maine. This river offers slow moving lazy travel through field and forest, white water approaching the salt water of Belfast Bay.

Research has shown the many advantages of getting out into nature, Richard Louv wrote of the need for children to unplug and the healing nature of the outdoors for ADHD and other issues with plugged in kids. So help unplug children who might not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp. Your donation goes directly to pay a partial or full campership. THANKS as we look forward to a GREAT SUMMER

Building a shelter
Building a shelter
Think Summer
Think Summer

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