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.
Mar 12, 2015

Sunglasses

Former vulnerable children - happy at JWHS
Former vulnerable children - happy at JWHS

 Entering the supermarket to purchase snacks and drinking water for our visitors, we are approached by four street children. A couple of them we had encountered a few times prior. “Give me 5 shillings”, “buy me bread”,... Knowing them, there are a few that have parents. We can only wonder if they know where their children are and if they approve or even sent them. Exiting the shop, I stop for a short discussion but we have only water this time. Driving off a hand quickly grabs the sunglasses from one of our visitors. ICK!! What a message to give visitors. Please, stop the vehicle and let us find that child. Eventually our driver found the boy and returned the sunglasses. Another day I will deal with this budding thief.

As we work with children on the street, we become more convinced that intensive work is necessary to prevent the inevitable progression from hunger, glue addiction, theft, incarceration and worse. Supervision, consistency, relationship and education are the tools to effect change. A meal long enough to communicate and establish relationship is the first step.

It is through the wonderful generosity of donors like you that we can change the lives of children. On the street, in the hands of the children’s department, abandoned or in other vulnerable situations, Expanding Opportunities works individually with children to provide what we can of what is best for that child. Thank you for your assistance.

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Feb 23, 2015

Starting the New Year

In the kitchen
In the kitchen

2015 has begun.  The children at JWHs are a strong family.  The numbers of children still on the streets is overwhelming at times.  New faces replacing the liucky ones who have found places in children's homes .  Yet, some of my favorite moments occur during the ordinary daily tasks at our children's home, JWHS. All of them seem to include music.. Imam singing while he works, michael stuck on a chorus....Right now our new employee, David, is making chapati, a few kids are helping and there is happy singing in the kitchen. Lifts all my burdens and I can say, it is worth it. Thank you sponsors fir putting a song in These kids hearts. Anyone else want to be a part of a child’s life. We have a couple openings at JWHS, plenty of children to fill them but sponsors are needed to assure they will be supported.

Maggies project
Maggies project
mwel trying a hand at Origami
mwel trying a hand at Origami

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Feb 23, 2015

The DOORS are OPEN

Students working together
Students working together

 

 Gordon Clem Academy opened at the beginning of February. At first we had no students, then we had several inquiries, now we have 5 students in the classroom and several promises to come when they find money. I admit I was not just a little bit discouraged as they had begged us to come and build here. But they have also said that this is the way it is here. They had hoped the people would respond more quickly but it is their culture to wait.

So we are teaching and enjoying these 5 students at this time relying on the people of the community to round up these teens who are now quite busy with their goats and water fetching duties. Most are saying they still don’t have any funds for sending their child. They understand it costs money to hire teachers and buy books but no matter how good if it is out of budget it cannot happen. There is also a severe water problem. The community well about 1 km away from us that we used also had a cracked casing and cannot draw water. – All of us have to go to the dwindling drying river – stream to collect the water that has been a urinal for cows, goats sheep camel and donkey and a bath for most all of us, and use this water for drinking and bathing, cooking and cleaning. It is a HUGE HUGE hardship and already many children are arriving at the dispensary with intestinal parasites. A drilled well costs about 40-50,000 US Dollars!! EEK! No wonder there are so few.

This slow start has worked to be a blessing as we are able to work with the staff to build a team and work out the kinks in the schedule. We also had time to begin the Business lab, an income generating as well as hands on teaching project. There are no shops for 3 kilometers here to buy sugar, tea, ugali, (the staple food,   So we opened a small shop. It has bowled us over with work for a few weeks.  Rushing to get the things they want, searching out wholesalers, trying to keep enough in stock,… It is settling down a bit now and the sales are good. We hope it will pay for the shop clerk who will also teach the kids and they will work in the shop as well.

Your partnership with us will assist students and purchase books and supplies.

The first two classrooms at Gordon Clem Academy
The first two classrooms at Gordon Clem Academy
The area Chairman at Gordon Clem Academy
The area Chairman at Gordon Clem Academy

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