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 22, 2012

Term Two has begun

A few school fees
A few school fees

Kenya has three terms per year.  May marks the beginning of Term 2.  Uniforms washed and mended, shoes repaired and polished, books covered, pencils, pens, mathematical sets, exercise books purchased and ready to go.  School fees paid....  A simple check list for some, a disastrous end of education for others.  Expanding Opportunities assists as many as financially possible complete this checklist so they can attend school. 

We have purchased desks, bought entire uniforms, just sweaters, repaired shoes. We have paid lunch fees, tuition fees, development fees. We have repaired seams, resoled shoes, taped books. The line on the done side is long and rewarding.  the line on the to be done side is even longer.  At this moment a young girl rests in the juvenile remand, not for anything she has done but for what has been done to her.  She needs to be in school but so far there is not enough funding to pay for her boarding school fees. She is next in line.

A uniform
A uniform
A few desks
A few desks

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May 22, 2012

Digital and Print

Computer class
Computer class

The Learning Center in Rabondo has its challenges and success. Marketing the center, teaching computer classes, internet access is only a piece of the work.  A library is slowing building and more are visiting to use its services.  This year, as books were being sorted in the bright African sunshine, children on their way to and from school wandered in to see what was going on. Voila! A new reading program has begun.  Children gathered on their way home from school for a book reading! 

Your donations move this project along and increase access to education for all ages in Rabondo.

The growing library
The growing library

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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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