March 1-16,2012: Join us on a Community Educaiton Journey to rural Samburu in Kenya. We will visit some of the rural pastoralist girls that Expanding Opportunities is supporting. A visit to schools, children's homes and a community education workshop to inform and education about the Child Rights, Female Gential Mutilation and Early Forced Marriage laws in the new Kenya Constitution and the importance of Girl Child education will be conducted. To learn more visit http://www.expandingopportunities.org/journey/FGM_EFM_educaiton.html.
Meanwhile in Kenya, schools are reopening after the long holiday break. Unfortunately it is during this break that FGM is forced on many girls and they are married. The schools report their highest rate of girls not returning to classes. We look forward to the day we have enough funds to build the Ariemet-Kulea Rescue Center so the girls will have a safe place to spend the school holidays.
The Distance Learning Center has now been in operation since October. A slow start was actually refreshing while we worked the kinks out of some of the equipment. With only two computers, class sizes are very limited. The library is popular for browsing. With help from RSSAF consultants, we face an exciting new challenge, developing a HOME STUDY course in English and Swahili. We will draw from the wealth of knowledge about English as a Second Language and adapt a non-technological culturally appropriate curriculum for take home.
Meanwhile grant writing continues to expand and develop the services at the Learning Center to include on site workshops and internet access for agricultural and health information.
For the first year Camp Forest extended the Camp experience for Home Schoolers and others right up until hunting Season!
The small group had intensive training in their desired skill sets. They refurbished the birch bark wigwam, worked on fire making,coal burning, plant identification and more.
Here is a paren'ts comment
Thank you for a great week of outdoor fun! The boys had a fantastic time...& as shown, they continue to do so after camp! Thank you, Camp Forest, for teaching great skills & nurturing a love of nature.