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 7, 2014

2014 Camp Forest

Coal Burning a spoon
Coal Burning a spoon

CAMP FOREST is preparing for the 2014 camping season. While snow blankets the Camp, the office is warm and busy.   2014 will feature a wonderful expedition from Lobster Lake to Chesuncook Lake along Wabanaki Trail in the Maine wilderness. This is a journey that Henry David Thoreau took in 1853. The Camp Forest expeditions are open to anyone from around the world! 2014 will also continue the special Day Camp EAGLE week and introduce BEAVER week for more advanced skills.

"Teach Less, Share More...The outdoors brings out a spontaneous enthusiasm in the child that you can skillfully direct toward learning."  - Joseph Bherat Carrell, Sharing Nature with Children. Camp Forest provides this unplugged experience for children.

But one in every 8 Maine people lives below the Federal Poverty line. This means that no matter how important a camping experience is for children, no matter how much they will gain from it, the family cannot meet their basic needs never mind even a modest amount for camp.

The campership program for Camp Forest assists with partial and full camperships for children in poverty.  

Thank you for your contribution making it possible for a child to attend Camp Forest.

Teaching Basket Weaving
Teaching Basket Weaving
Circle time
Circle time
Wood Carving
Wood Carving

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Feb 5, 2014

Meet Teresa

Teresa
Teresa

Expanding Opportunities has been working with girls in Kipsing Academy for a few years. The head teacher, Maina Kiboi, is a hardworking advocate for girl child education. He collaborates with local officials to rescue girls from FGM and Early Forced Marriage and place them in school.

This young girl, Teresa, was rescued by the chief and taken to Kipsing Academy to attend school. Maina sought a sponsor for her and Expanding Opportunities stepped in to assist. It is a joyous day when we can say, Maina, we have her covered. Thanks to your donations we are able to assist in these emergency situations and accept a new girl without hesitation.

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Jan 23, 2014

Life in Gioto Dump Site

Volunteer providing shoes for children of Gioto
Volunteer providing shoes for children of Gioto

This report features the Gioto dump. Situated about two kilometers from the city center, the Gioto dump, in juxtapostion to its ugliness, has a beautiful view of Lake Nakuru. Though Expanding Opportunities does not have a specific project for the Gioto Dump Site, we collaborate with and purchase artwork through those organizations who do. One of Expanding Opportunities' volunteers, brought over 50 pairs of shoes to the dump site for distribution.  Some of the street children in Nakuru make the dump their home.  It is a harsh reality for children growing up in such an environment.

As pictures speak louder than words, please watch the slide show.

Loving his shoes
Loving his shoes
Children of the Gioto Dump
Children of the Gioto Dump
The homes of Gioto
The homes of Gioto

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