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.
Jun 1, 2015

CHALLENGES, CHALLENGES, CHALLENGES

The new Gordon Clem Academy T shirts
The new Gordon Clem Academy T shirts

CHALLENGES – CHALLENGES – CHALLENGES

Gordon Clem Academy opened in February of 2015. The area is targeted as an area of great need. The closest public high school is 22 kilometers away. The road is technically non-existent with no bridge over the often swelling river, poverty that allows children to sleep hungry, no water from the public well, and much more insecurity than was first considered. The small village empties after the scouts see an approaching tribe. The insecurity begins with someone needing cows for a marriage dowry, the quickest way to marriage is to get some friends and steal some cows from the neighboring tribe, then in retaliation the tribe gathers and heads off to steal back. This “game” is centuries old. There is a dreaded difference now. Instead of spears and knives, cunning and stealth, there are assault weapons. The village residents are reluctant to return to their homes after a raid, death is common; women and children are not exempt from a rain of bullets. This wreaks havoc on a school schedule and creates educational instability – a problem with a severe impact.  

Peace will not come to these tribes until education is firmly in place. The need of conflict resolution skills and logistical understanding of disruption and development will only come through an educated literate population. Secondary school and adult education are the tools.

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May 11, 2015

2015 Registrations have begun

Making Birch Baskets
Making Birch Baskets
Camp Forest has provided a space for children to connect and learn about nature for more then a decade.  Expanding Opportunites for children in the economically disadvantaged county of Waldo in rural maine. Giving scholarships to economically impoverished families who would otherwise never have this opportunity, Camp Forest puts value in the growing years of children to have a strong base in our ecology, and given the opportunity to have alot of attention of teaching and mentoring in their growing years of development, preserving and teaching skills and knowledge of the natural world that is being lost.  We have provided a connection of all cultures of the region through outdoor activites that are common to all cultures of this planet.  Creating a Global intercultural community of connection and awareness with our planet Earth.
Registration for 2015 haas begun and with it Campership aplications. This year Camp Forest is offering a special  week for girls only.
July 13 - July 17  Earth Girls Camp   Join us for a special new all-girls camp with fabulous women mentors! In this relaxed and fun environment, you can make friends with other girls while you explore the wilderness, play games, sing songs, make fires, carve, and do all the crafts and skills we love at Camp Forest. We'll decide together what we want to do each day so that everyone has a great time! Girls of all ages can support and learn from each other as we experience the wonderful feeling of being in a truly empowering space. Come prepared to sing, share stories, climb trees, swim, sneak up on each other, and get comfortable getting dirty as we play all day in the forest together! Ages 7 and up.
Leaders: Trevanna and our wonderful volunteers!                                    
Help us provide this experience for children
Campfire
Campfire
Learning a new skill
Learning a new skill

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Apr 3, 2015

75% Pastoralist Girls

Gordon Clem Academy located on the grounds of the Aremiet Girl’s Rescue has opened. The enrollment is low but 75% are pastoralist girls. It is not common for pastoralist girls to attend secondary school. When the girl child completes primary school it is often the end of her formal education and the beginning of marriage and family. Education is the key to changing this norm.   One of these girls is older, and has a child. She is fortunate to be able to return to school. She was married in primary school, escaped the marriage and is back to learn. She works on holidays to earn the cost of her education.

Another girl walks 5 kilometers to school and back each day. Very soon the Rescue Center will be ready to accept girls of all ages from the magistrate rescued from FGM and/or Early Forced Marriage. Our progress has been slow but steady.

Sorry there is no image this time. I am  having a horrible time connecting and staying connected to the internet here in Aremiet.

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