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.
Jul 6, 2016

Those Beautiful Beads?

Those Beautiful Beads
Those Beautiful Beads

Idyllic, cultural, traditional, beautiful are all words used to describe the beads of the Samburu Trobe. But there is meaning behind the beads. For young females it can be a sign of sexual enslavement. Male relatives, usually older, give beads to their often distant female relative even s young as 6 years old! This beading allows them to have sexual relations but pregnancy is not allowed. Contraception is not available for these young girls. So if pregnancy occurs, they are forcefully and cruelly aboted or if the baby is born it is carried off to the forest to die.

This tragic traditional practice is wonderfully documented in a brief video called A Silent Sacrifice produced by Jane Meriwas n the IWGIA website

http://www.iwgia.org/publications/search-pubs?publication_id=612

It is well worth the few minutes to listen.

Thank you for your support to end these prectices and send the GIRL CHILD to school.

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Jun 7, 2016

Slow but Steady

The "back of the room" students
The "back of the room" students

Gordon Clem Academy is growing slowly but surely. The government of Kenya has received the paperwork and is arriving for inspection this month. Once the Academy is part of the public school system, it wil receive teachers, books, food and some student funding. There will continue to be a need for assistance for uniforms, additional books, and school fees to cover things like water, and cooking fuel, auxiliary staff like guards and cooks but it will make it possible for many more children to attend school.

The largest capital expenditures at this time are the security fencing and two additional classrooms.  The Security Fence will cost approximately $10,000 USD and each classroom is approximately $20,000 USD. This will assure space and security for the Academy from the periodic but regular tribal clashes.

 

The students that have received assistance have often told us how grateful they are. It is a relief to them to be able to come to school every day knowing that they will not be sent home for fees, or have to take time out from school to seek a ways to earn the funds to be allowed to return to school.

Thank you donors.

Student who Loves to Study
Student who Loves to Study

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Jun 3, 2016

Education is the Key

Some of our children attend this public school
Some of our children attend this public school

Expanding Opportunities has been working in Kenya since 1997.  Starting with a feeding program, when that seemed to help but not make permanent change; we added a Chidlren's Home, research reveals that the best place for children is in their own home, so we began Orphans at Home but by far in a country where public school is NOT FREE and uniforms are required, the evidence points more and more to education support.  As education has proven to be one of the greatest tools for lifting people from powerty we increased our education support project.   With close to 30 children being supported in some way, it was growing by leaps and bounds. Then for some reason unknown to us, donors left us behind.  This School term we had to cut some children.  That was one of the most heartbreaking experiences.  But we did keep on 20 children.  Two of them are Number one in their class.  Six are high school students. High school is very costly so without assistance they would stop their education at class 8. Two are girls who are at risk of Early Forced Marriage and Femalw Genital Mutliation, Six are chdlren living with their elderly widowed grandmothers.

Each of them has a great need for assistance.  Their support is not secured from one Term to the next. 

Donors, I cannot thank you enough for making their education possible.

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