Hi, I am Samwel, I am 17 years old and live in live in Isiolo, Kenya in Eastern Province at a place called Aremiet.
My mother is a single parent supporting my eleven year old brother and I by creating charcoal from cutting trees and burning them. There is not enough money for me to attend school. I have worked at Gordon Clem Academy for some of my school fees.
I want to go to school to improve my life, improve the life of my last parent, to be a better person in the nation and and show a good picture to the local people.
I hope I will have a good job and improve our family. My dream when I finish the school and get a job is to build my mother a good house so she can rest from charcoal burning. Instead of burning trees to make charcoal she can plant and more trees.
Gordon Clem Academy us important because it was built in rural area where there was no school. It provides and opportunity for students who do not have adequate school fees to attend a boarding school outside the village or any school at all.
This story has been slightly edited to correct word usage and grammar. Samwel was one of the first students at Gordon Clem Academy and he has remained faithful through all the unrest. He is in need of school fees and would be most grateful if someone would sponsor him. He is very concerned about the arrears in fees that he holds. As he is able to work for some but not all of his school fees, any amount of assistance is helpful. Beverly Gilbert Stone
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.
The school year just ended in Kenya. Most of the children supported by Expanding Opportunities in school improved. Two completed their Class 8 so on to High School in 2015. One was in position 3 in her class! These children are so grateful that donors assist with their school fees. You may be assured that their love, gratitude and prayers go out to you.
Your assistance with their education, educates not only one child but generations to come, as each generation reaches the same or greater level of education.
HELP US GET READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR! There are 24 children we are already working with and several on the waiting list.
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School is closing for 2014 this week in Kenya. Expanding Opportunities assisted 24 children in some way to attend school. Uniforms, books, school fees, shoes, exam fees, are just some of the ways your contribution assists children in Kenya to attend school. Some of the children worked hard and moved from position 6 or 7 in their class to positions 1 and 3!!
Two children completed their first year of high school. Without sponsored assistance their education would have ended with class 8.
School will begin in January of 2015. It may seem far away right now but soon there will be far more than the 24 students on the list hoping for assistance from Expanding Opportunities to attend school. Help us to say YES by giving a Holiday gift of a school sponsorship for a child. GlobalGiving makes giving secure, accountable and easy.
Dominic and his sister, Joanne, lived in Kenya with their single mother. Mom was working hard and able to care for her children. The children were living with their mother in a city about 2 hours from here. She had placed Joanne in private boarding school in Grade 6. Dominic was in a nursery school. Their mother had to travel to Nairobi on Good Friday. The Matatu had an accident and she died instantly. The children were left as orphans. At the burial, the extended family was discussing the children and no one wanted them. They were going to divide them and they would be living far apart geographically. Elizabeth, a more distant relative, was quiet at first but the talk of breaking up the children bothered her so she offered to take them both. The family was very pleased as no one wanted the responsibility. Elizabeth came to Mangu with both children. She started first to sort out the private boarding school for Joanne. The school offered to allow the girl to stay there with no fees until the end of this year. Then she began looking for help for Dominic.
Elizabeth, old enough to be a young grandmother, is handicapped, walks with a prominent limp, but does not talk of her problem. She and her husband had three children. He provided well for them and was building a house. It was not quite finished when he died but they live in the house quite comfortably. Her last born is in high school. She struggles to work to pay school fees and support herself and her children.
Thanks to generous donors like you, Expanding Opportunities was able to buy Dominic his uniform, books, school supplies and pay his school fees. We expect to bring his sister to public school next year where they can attend school together.
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