MEET Elisa : Elisa is a new teen in her last year of primary school. Her mother died leaving her father with the four girls and three boys. It is the Samburu tradition to perform FGM and marry girls young which ends their formal education.
With the help of sponsors, the father will allow his girls to receive education before marriage. Elisa is in the top ten of her class. Because of her sponsor, for the last three years, Elisa has been able to stay in school. Her sponsor is forced to end her sponsorship at the end of 2013. We trust that a donor will step forward and continue her sponsorship.
The Time Has COME!! SPRING is Here. Parents and children are planning for summer! Camp Forest is ready. This year Camp Forest is offering three week long expeditions. Chidlren from all over the world can participate in these adventures: June 24 - 28 Passagassawaukeag River Expedition - The Passy: Campers travel by canoe through slow and fast water to reach the ocean at Belfast, Maine. Along the way they hone their canoeing skills, learn to make shelters, fire, cook, fish and forage. July 29 - August 2 High Alpine Appalachian Trail Hike: This is a more advanced expedition and offers a taste of the Appalachian Trail. For those who have traversed the entire trail, it is an experience each hiker holds close to their heart. Maybe some of these campers will be enticed to complete it in the future. August 19 - 23 Beaver Expedition: the Beaver Expedition is a wonderful first expedition or a great place to hone more advanced skills. Hiking into the forest, creating camp, foraging, fishing, learning about fire, and water all add to this most memorable week.
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.