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.
Aug 29, 2016

2016 TERM III Begins

School Children
School Children

TERM 3 for 2016 begins this week! At the last minute we received sufficient funding to return every one of Expanding Opportunities’ current 22 children to school for TERM III. Thank you donors.

School Fees and food are the highest expenses for children without medical needs. For orphans and street children it is impossible to even consider obtaining an education. Expanding Opportunities assists with uniforms, school fees and supplies as the situation determines to the limit of our donations. Currently we assist 21 children: one college student, six high school students, one nursery school child and twelve primary students. This is a long term commitment, through 12 years of school. Your donation directly affects a child’ future and a regular donation is applied directly to a specific child. Please consider helping us help more children with a regular donation of any amount per month.

High School Students
High School Students
Receiving books
Receiving books

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Aug 29, 2016

JWHS gets a COB (mud) OVEN!!

Making Pizzas
Making Pizzas

JWHS, the children’s home managed by Expanding Opportunities is “green” and works toward sustainability. The trees that were planted at its beginning in 2001, are now able to be sustainably branch harvested for firewood!. Bring on the OVEN! After a bit of time, study and collaboration, a cob oven was built. The mud and sand being dug from the property, the fires brick had to be purchased but the rest was fun and mud pies! After the long days of waiting for it to dry we invited the children from another home and had a HUGE PIZZA PARTY!! Each child built their own pizza and then shared with each other. After the pizza was done in went the Zucchini bread and yeast rolls for the next day.

This is a wonderful addition to the children’s home! Now fresh bread can be baked at least once per week. A grill was added to the side making it possible for the cook to simmer the Githeri without having to constantly bend over the fire. And to enjoy marshmallow after!

Every one is so happy that this very low cost and fun group activity to build. The oven is now part of the JWHS family.

The Cob (mud) Oven
The Cob (mud) Oven
Roasting Marshmallows
Roasting Marshmallows

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Jul 6, 2016

Those Beautiful Beads?

Those Beautiful Beads
Those Beautiful Beads

Idyllic, cultural, traditional, beautiful are all words used to describe the beads of the Samburu Trobe. But there is meaning behind the beads. For young females it can be a sign of sexual enslavement. Male relatives, usually older, give beads to their often distant female relative even s young as 6 years old! This beading allows them to have sexual relations but pregnancy is not allowed. Contraception is not available for these young girls. So if pregnancy occurs, they are forcefully and cruelly aboted or if the baby is born it is carried off to the forest to die.

This tragic traditional practice is wonderfully documented in a brief video called A Silent Sacrifice produced by Jane Meriwas n the IWGIA website

http://www.iwgia.org/publications/search-pubs?publication_id=612

It is well worth the few minutes to listen.

Thank you for your support to end these prectices and send the GIRL CHILD to school.

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