School has closed in Kenya for 2013. Expanding Opportunities assisted 24 children in some way in 2013. One of them completed high school, three of them completed Class 8 and will move into high school next year. Most of the 24 improved in every subject, and all were promoted to the next grade. Educaiton is power opening options for the climb from poverty. Research shows that children meet or exceed the education of their parents so the benefit of educating children reverberates for generations.
Though school is out and children's thoughts far from the classroom, Expanding Opportunities is planning for 2014. We expect to be assisting more than 24 children in 2014 but we cannot do it without your help. Education assistance ranges from the purchase of a needed textbook or exam fee at as little as $5.00 or paying for high school boarding fees for an orphan at $700 per year.
As you plan your holiday season, please consider gifting a child's education.
September begins the final term for this year at school. Kenyan schools operate from January to December. Students in Kenya often have school fees, and exam fees to meet at this time of year. It is not uncommon for students to reach the last few weeks of the year and be told to go home for lack of payment. Or Seniors in High School be told without the Exam fee they will not be able to take the examination they have been working toward for 12 years! With your help, we will meet the obligations of the 24 children Expanding Opportunities is supporting. Any amount over our obligation will be used to meet the end of the year needs for additional children beginning with the seniors.
A few years ago, a woman arrived at JWHS with a story of widowhood, and mothering her grandchildren. We met John. He had on clothes that would have fit him a year ago, ripped, torn and tired he shyly stood by his grandmother. He needed a uniform and shoes before he would be allowed to return to school.
Now several years later, a new uniform, shoes and supplies every year, this year he in addition to his uniform, he received a blanket, and a solar light to make study at night possible. This year, his grandmother grabbed a Jembe, (hoe) and turned over a good portion of our garden in thanks.
Progress all around. I am privileged to be the hands to extend our donors love and concern. Thank you for making it possible.
Meet Shubian. Shubian is 16 years old and desires to go to high school. She is an orphan. Her father had three wives. Her mother died and she was living with the last remaining wife of her father. She recently moved to live with her sister who has two children of her own and three more related children. Shubian performed well in her Class 8 examination which determines which high schools will accept a student. She hopes to raise enough funds to get into high school next week!
Expanding Opportunities has promised $60.00 from this project on Global Giving be sent directly to the High School towards the almost $500.00 she needs for her first year of high school.
Your donations at work.
Meet Patrick and Voyot. One day not so long ago we were visited by two women. One bagan her story in Swahili and the other helped translate. She is a widow and the boys are her grand nephews. The boys never knew their Dad so when their Mom died, the boys went to live with their grandmother on Nairobi. Life was difficult and the boys began the street life. One day the great aunt was asked to save the boys from the streets. So though she did not have much money and no regular job she opened her heart and house to the boys and struggled to get them into school. After a home visit we decided to assist with the education funds. We would help with school fees, uniforms, shoes, books. Bags etc. The next Sunday the boys were at our gate with a rooster. It was a thank you present and later yhe same day potatoes arrived. The gratitude from the aunt and the smikes on the boys provide the motivation to keep on. This is how your donations change luves. A pen; a notebook, a book bag , a book not only brings a smile but also provides the tools of hope.
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