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 3, 2016

Back to School 2016

First Day of School
First Day of School

 2016 is off to a great start! 26 children prepared to return to school. From Machakos to Aremiet; Kipsing to Mangu our children donned new uniforms and took their exercise notebooks and pencils off to begin a new year!

 This year we have 4 students in High School; one in Class Eight who will prepare for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination at the end of this year. He is currently number one in his class. We hope for and encourage him to study as if his marks are high enough, he might obtain a scholarship.

Two are in Class 7 where the study pressure begins. Both the Class 7 and 8 students will be receiving some extra study texts. One is in his third year of postsecondary education and excelling in his study to become a computer engineer. The remaining are in K-6.

Thank you donors for making this possible. There are so many more unmet needs. So many children still at home without school uniform or fees. So many still on the streets without a home or hope for education. Your new or continued support will allow Expanding Opportunities to give hope to these children for the long term until they grow into responsible educated adults

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Mar 1, 2016

Wake Up Camp Forest

Learn to build a cozy shelter
Learn to build a cozy shelter

Spring is coking early to Maine this year but snow covered or peeping crocus Camp forest must wake up from its ong winter nap.

WAKE UP CAMP FOREST!

Camp Forest is waking up to a new year 2016. Preparing for summer camp begins late in the year before but really wakes up in March. The website gets its new camp schedule. Take a look, http://www.campforestmaine.com Still a bit to go but the schedule is there! An exciting new addition of Camp Forest Institute, classes and apprenticeships for adults in partnership with Stone’s Guiding.   How often the parents have said, “wish we had a Camp Forest”, so now they do.   Many of the offerings are residential so they can come and spend a week.

Thanks to you donors children who otherwise could not financially attend were able to take advantage of the educational opportunity at Camp Forest.   Many of the campership children are in difficult and vulnerable situations and the camp provides them with a great deal of peace and resiliency training.

As you plan your summer, consider donating a campership to Camp Forest for a child to get outside and learn the healing in nature; to gain confidence from learning survival skills and interpersonal skills before entering the world of school in the fall.

Learn to build a fire
Learn to build a fire
Make Birch Bark baskets that hold water
Make Birch Bark baskets that hold water

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Feb 22, 2016

Happy New Year

Three of the Grown and Flown JWHS residents
Three of the Grown and Flown JWHS residents

 Paul, Kiplangat and Kamau are 3 of the many street boys that have called JWHS home. In 1999, Kiplangat and Kamau were found living in a trash dump in Kericho town. They were taken to a rented apartment along with two others. These first 5 were given a loving home. Paul's family was unable to care for him and joined us along with his brother. One day last week we found them walking together. Not only were they together at the home but they are still with each other caring for each other as brothers. They keep in touch with those who have moved further away and help each other through the tough times. They are grown now, with families and jobs of their own. They are determined to be the fathers they never had.

This is one of the most rewarding parts of the work. With your steady faithful donations we can take street children, educate them and give them lifetime families to support each other and share their families with each other. That is SUCCESS. Thank you for your part in the SUCCESS of Expanding Opportunities work with children in Kenya.

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