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.
Sep 22, 2014

IS IT WORTH IT?

John
John's marks

Is it worth it? You decide –here is one example -

 John Kimotho Gachau came to Expanding Opportunities’ children’s home, JWHS, in the year 2004. His single mother had died in 1997 and he was living with his grandmother. She was not able to educate John or provide for his basic needs. He was passed to other relatives occasionally but they too were unable to assist him. His step-grandfather approached us for help.

 John joined JWHS in 2004 and attended public school in Class Five. He performed well both in the Home and in school. When he reached high school, we enrolled him in ROHI High School.

 Expanding Opportunities does not usually assist children past High School except for a short course to obtain vocational skills. But John had a sponsor who wanted to take him to college. She first paid for him to reenroll in ROHI to try to obtain a B+ and therefore be eligible for a bursary, (scholarship). He received a B plain on both KCSE examinations. She then enrolled him in a short course and began to seek a college for him. She assisted him to enroll in JKUAT in 2014, then she herself had a financial crisis and is no longer able to assist John.

 Struggling for funding and grateful for all that is done for him; Expanding Opportunities and John are moving slowly forward. In his first year,he has received all A’s and Bs in his courses. He is positive, grateful and ready to continue to work hard, do well, get a good job and give back to other needy kids.  

 YES IT IS WORTH IT.

John
John

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Aug 4, 2014

The Senior Counselor Speaks

Coal burning
Coal burning

Maine has many forests, lakes and streams, and many Summer Camps.  Camp Forest is a unique camp.  Not only is our programming a full immersion experience in the forest, but also integrates wilderness education, interpersonal relationships and psycho-emotional healing in all the activities. Camp Forest also has the mission to offer this camp experience to low income children. Through the assistance of donors, finances have not been a barrier to camp attendance. 

Children of parents limited by physical ailments, opiate addictions, or family tragedy are not uncommon. These children are not often given an opportunity to heal, or experience how the natural world can help them.  Holding a frog in her hand and seeing its life, learning to hike and be strong to overcome physical restrictions, spending time playing and being happy brings the opportunities to confidently face life. 

 Camp Forest has provided a bit of stability for children who are forced to sleep in the vehicle with their single mother, or those with unstable home lives. Occasionally these children would run off and cry to a tree for a while, then return ready to face the world.

We have watched children who have problems with school, gain interest and a passion for learning at Camp Forest. We have watched children who would not listen, grow into amazing, attentive students. 

 Our low camper to staff ratio, un -walled free learning style, coyote teaching techniques, respect for all life, and peer mentoring is designed to find a child’s own inner passion for learning. We have successfully blended these children with high functioning children from healthy and skilled families.

  If you want to help us make a difference in a child’s life, Step up and Do it.  

 Thank you.  

 Sincerely,

Adam Stone, Senior Counselor

(lightly edited)

Using your senses
Using your senses
Challenge your fears
Challenge your fears
Concentrating on work
Concentrating on work
Identifying plants
Identifying plants
Shelter
Shelter

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Jul 24, 2014

Meet Susan

Susan
Susan

Meet Susan. She is a pastoralist girl, 16 years old and living with her grandmother. At 16 she is still in primary school due to t he pastoralist life style, family problems and poverty. She is very bright but has been in and out of school due to the lack of school fees. She is in Class eight and should be taking her final primary examinations, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, this year.

The headmaster of the primary school confirmed that she is indeed bright and needy and deserves assistance. He can allow her to attend school without a uniform but she has no serviceable home clothes either.

Thanks to donors like you Susan is now back in school with a new uniform and supplies.  She is grateful that she can continue her education, and have choices in her life.

Susan and her Grandmother
Susan and her Grandmother

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