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.
Feb 26, 2013

Toward Sustainability

Dini helping the mom after delivering the baby
Dini helping the mom after delivering the baby

JWHS, a children's home, works toward sustainability. The Home is on one acre. Every inch of the acre has a purpose. Living and playing space combine with growing food. The children are active participants in raising goats and chickens for meat and milk; mulching, watering, planting harvesting are all group activities. The children learn alternative technologies such as solar power, solar cooking, organic intensive gardening, grey water irrigation, humanmanure composting, etc. We hope to add biogas soon. Having children from a variety of tribal backgrounds also assists to join them all as Kenyans and share their own special areas of knowledge. For example, when our goat was birthing, our pastoralist girl acted very expertly as midwife. By working toward 100% sustainability we teach important skills, respect for the land and all living things, as well as looking toward the long term future of the Home. Every coin that is saved is another child that can be assisted.

Mulching to help get through the dry season.
Mulching to help get through the dry season.
Watering the pepper plants.
Watering the pepper plants.

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Feb 25, 2013

Meet Dela

Dela at Kipsing Academy
Dela at Kipsing Academy

MEET DELA:

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.

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Feb 5, 2013

Patrick and Voyot

Patrick and Voyot
Patrick and Voyot

Meet Patrick and Voyot.  One day not so long ago we were visited by two women. One bagan her story in Swahili and the other helped translate.  She is a widow and the boys are her grand nephews. The boys never knew their Dad so when their Mom died,  the boys went to live with their grandmother on Nairobi. Life was difficult and the boys began the street life. One day the great aunt was asked to save the boys from the streets. So though she did not have much money and no regular job she opened her heart and house to the boys and struggled to get them into school.  After a home visit we decided to assist with the education funds. We would help with school fees, uniforms, shoes, books. Bags etc. The next Sunday the boys were at our gate with a rooster. It was a thank you present and later yhe same day potatoes arrived. The gratitude from the aunt and the smikes on the boys provide the motivation to keep on. This is how your donations change luves.  A pen; a notebook, a book bag , a book not only brings a smile but also provides the tools of hope.

Patrick and his shy smile
Patrick and his shy smile
Voyot
Voyot

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