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.
Nov 21, 2011

Meet Joshua Ndugu

Joshua
Joshua

Joshua Ndugu was the only one of the primary school children at JWHS without a sponsor in 2011. He handled it well and we love him but there was that empty spot that wishes for his own sponsor. Then an anonymous donor on Global Giving began giving a recurring donation.  We elected to use it as a half sponsorship for Joshua.  As the donor is anonymous, we cannot connect them directly but Joshua now knows he has a sponsor. Thank you donor and thank you to all the donors who give hope and enrich the lives of these children.

Meet Joshua Ndugu. He is 15 years old and has been at JWHS for 4 years He is quiet, respectful, and hardworking.  As a matter of fact, while I am writing this my feet are up on the chair as he mops the floormona Saturday afternoon whistling as he works. Joshua can be found doing his chores without being asked and on time for study in the evening. He is also very funny. He makes the BEST faces.  If there is dissapproval he casts his eyes and curls his lip.  When he is amused he grins and giggles.  When he is angry watch out for the fire in his eyes. 

There are 5 children at JWHS attending Menengai Primary School. In Class 6, Joshua is a bit behind the normal school schedule as his education was interrupted before he came to live with us. After a difficult childhood, he is growing into a wonderful young man. He now has an anonymous sponsor for half his support. If you would like to contribute the other half, a recurring donation of $45.00 on Global Giving will do it.

Joshua would love to send you a letter or even talk to you on the phone to thank you in person.

Study Time
Study Time

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Nov 8, 2011

YEAR END - NEW YEAR PLANS

School ends at the end of November in Kenya. At this time students are taking their EXAMS. Then they look forward to their long holiday. 

It is a busy time for Expanding Opportunities as we are fundraising for the nextyear's school fees, uniforms and books.  Based on the amount of donations is the number of children we can assist to attend school.  It is often difficult to understand that children are denied an education because they do not have a uniform, shoes, or lunch money. But thousands of children in Kenya drift to the streets in January as they are unable to attend school.

We hope to be able to continue to buy uniforms and support those children we have been assisting and to more than double the number of uniforms, books and school fees we are able to pay.

Just a pair of $25.00 second hand shoes can mean the difference between attending school and becoming a street child.  Often just a $15.00 per term lunch fee can mean the difference between a meal in a day and begging food on the street.

As this year draws to a close we are thankful for those you have assisted us to help.  And we look forward with excitement to the HOPE we will be priviledged to give in January 2012.

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Nov 4, 2011

Job and the many like him

Job
Job

Meet Job

Part of what I do in Kenya involves meeting with a myriad of street children.  He is 16 years old from a fairly distant city where his mother and siblings live.The family is very poor.  As he tells it his mother told him he was old enough now to go off and earn a living. So he came to Nakuru. He does not use glue or other drugs and would like to work. He sleeps in a small suburb in a small house that was abandoned. At 16, with jobs at a premium, he has not been able to find a job. Someone had given him some maize but he needed about 200 shilling (approximately $2.00 USD - a day's unskilled labor pay). Expanding Opportunities had his Maize meal ground so he can eat but now what for the long term? He was attending Class 7 in school. Next year he would be in the final year of primary school and complete a very important examination, the KCPE. Scores on this examination determine the number of opportunities for further education and/or employment. School is almost completed for this year. 
Meeting him a second time on the streets, I was introduced to his cousin.  A young man a bit older and working selling icecream.  Though he cannot live with his cousin, this older relative would help him set up selling ice cream if he had a $40.00 investment for a health certificate, business license and a cooler. He would be able to make a small amount from this business and consider attending school in January. Expanding Opportunities is considering assisting this young man to establish the business and enter school in January.  
This is just one story. there are many more.  I do hope they give you a picture - one child at a time. .

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