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.
Nov 19, 2013

Gifting a Campership

Coal burning spoon
Coal burning spoon

Camp Forest builds character, resilience, and provides a safe place for children to learn, grow, experiment and find release.

 Let me share a few quotations from parents in our annual evaluation.

“Camp Forest offers a camp experience unlike any other locally”

“I think Camp Forest is one of the very few really valuable experiences for children. I still consider it a miracle that I found you guys.”

“Camp Forest gives children the opportunities to fully experience a connection with nature.  Children learn important skills for existing in the forest.”

From a camper: “When I whittled a spear so sharp that the kid who was helping me with my nebulizer wanted it (the spear)”

“Camp Forest brings a three continent exposure to rural Maine”

PLEASE consider gifting a CAMPERSHIP to Camp Forest for all your 7-17 year olds this holiday season.

Shelter Building
Shelter Building
Basketweaving
Basketweaving
Nov 4, 2013

Philip

Philip
Philip

Expanding Opportunities' Beverly Stone and two volunteers, Mike and Liz went into town on Thursday October 31. It wasn't long before a little boy dressed in some rather smelly clothes popped out from behind a truck with his hand out. He was holding a bottle of the infamous glue that street children sniff to remain high, not quite so hungry and rather warm. This little fellow's name was Philip. He was wearing two very dirty, and torn jackets.  It is rather cold at night and very warm during the day. He keeps the jackets on so he doesn't lose them for the evening cold sleep on the sidewalk.

We took him to a local restaurant collecting another boy along the way. in exchange for the bottle of glue, we purchase something for them to eat. While they had their tea and mandazi, we asked questions.  The boy's name is Philip.  He had walked to town about two months ago after his mother beat him for stealing a shlling.

This is not unusual. Each of the hundreds of children living on the streets has his or her own story to tell. Often these children have forgotten to tell a 100% truthful story, but Expanding Opportunities intends to follow up on everything he told us and find the best way to help him.

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Sep 3, 2013

2013 Season comes to an end.

Coal Burning a spoon
Coal Burning a spoon

Today was the last day for CAMP FOREST 2013.  It is bittersweet.  The campers worked hard to build shelters, make baskets, try their hand at a bow drill fire, swim, fish, track animals, carve, make coal burned spoon and so much more. The summer was full but now is time to return to school. To know that Camp Forest is the subject of many of those “what did you do this summer?” essays is venerating.

Your contributions made it possible for a low income child to experience the freedom and peace of the forest.  The skills they learn assists them with their confidence and non-violent resolution skills ,both in the forest and in other social settings.  Research has repeated the power of nature to reduce stress and ADHD symptoms.

As we wrap up the 2013 Summer, we begin plans for 2014. One of those plans can include you as we replenish and rebuild our campership fund.

Central fire
Central fire
Basket Weaving
Basket Weaving
Exploring and riding the waterfall
Exploring and riding the waterfall

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