Camp Forest begins its 2012 Season with some weekend season extenders starting in March. The 2012 brochure is ready. Take a look at http://www.campforestmaine.com. We are excited about this summer and the opportunities offered pre and post season, expeditions and summer day camp.
Russell Roeder, president of Kipstone Consulting, shared, "I started going to a summer camp when I was 9. I finished as that camp’s program director when I was 21. It taught me honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. It gave me confidence I never would have discovered in the classroom, school yard or even in the loving home I was blessed to have. It gave me lifelong friendships that have continued to this day (I’m 58). It provided a basis for a long and successful career in the health care industry."
We thank you for assisting children who could not attend Camp Forest without financial assistance.
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.