This project is in a collaboration with another organization, The Rabondo Community Project. In 2012, volunteers from Expanding Opportunities, traveled to Rabondo and gave the small library a boost cataloging additional books and building shelves to put them in circulation. At the beginning of 2013, the Rabondo Commhnity Project was undergoing some changes. Expanding Opportunities has not been to visit in the first quarter of 2013.
Though the center was built with the mission to bring connectivity and distance learning to the rural community of Rabondo, a secondary mission has grown. The constant, important ever loved practice of READING BOOKS TO CHILDREN jumped to the forefront. The children flock to the center during their lunch break and after school to hear a story.
The Center is still in operation and in need of a boost. Additional computers, signage and a long term volunteer (2 to 6 months) to organize and formalize the library reading program. Your donation at this time will be applied to computers, signage and materials for the reading program.
Dela has a mother and father who are migratory pastoralists. They are landless and live on less than $1.00 per day and are not able to pay for their children to attend school. The family is of the Samburu tribe and live about 15 kilometers from the closest school.
Dela has two brothers and one sister. The Samburu tradition is not to educate their daughters but to marry them in their early teens.
When Dela was 10 years old she voluntarily came to school. After one week her father came, took her home and brought a boy in exchange. The headmaster persisted with discussions and finally the family agreed that Dela may go to school but the school must pay the fees. The headmaster began looking for funds to assist Dela with her fees. The Catholic Church sponsors the boarding facilities but desires a family contribution. Expanding Opportunities is supporting that contribution for Dela.
Though Dela does not have an individual sponsor, the funds raised through Global Giving assist with her sponsorship.
The 2013 Camp Forest brochure is ready! Exciting new offerings this summer: Day Camp for 4-7 year olds, and three exciting expeditions! Check it out at http://www.campforestmaine.com, or download the brochure from the link in .pdf form.
Camp Forest is a wilderness Day and Expedition Camp located in Maine, USA. The senior counselor is a Miane Guide, has completed several years of wilderness training and has lived with indigenous tribes in Kenya and Peru. Using Coyote Teaching techniques he patiently shares his knowledge with campers.
The program fee for Camp Forest is kept low so as many children as possible can attend, yet there are many children whose families still cannot meet the fee. Your donations provide full or partial camperships for these children.
Please review our website and consider a donation so more children can receive this valuable experience.