November is the time the Camp Forest staff gathers to plan the next year. As the snow falls and covers Camp, we look forward to changing the lives of children when the ice is gone and school is out.
While planning the Camp Schedule we keep in mind the growing research that indicates the work of Camp Forest has far reaching effects. Not only are the children engaged in outdoor healthy exercise but also the time spent at Camp Forest has long term positive benefits.
“Spending time in natural environments helps with recall and memory, problem solving and creativity.”
“Mental health and wellbeing benefits from play in natural settings appear to be long term, realized in the form of emotional stability in young adulthood.” Open Space Research Center
The low enrollment ratio we cherish for more one to one contact makes it difficult for the children who need an outdoor wilderness experience the most. Your donations for camperships help to make it possible. Thank you
Our experience in the community of Aremiet continues to reaffirm the importance of community support in the education and human rights for children. This is difficult but a step in the correct direction. The greatest tool that can be used against FGM and EFM is education. As Aremiet desires more control, Expanding Opportunities will continue to support and work toward Human rights for the Pastoralist Girl Child by focusing on education and the girls in several communities. Expanding Opportunities and many other organizations are making an impact in the lives of pastoralist girls in Kenya.
As it is said.”Educate a Girl and you educate a nation” We appreciate your assistance in education as a “rescue” effort, community change and the reshaping of the future.
They said it couldn’t be done!! BUT… Gordon Clem Academy in Aremiet, Isiolo County Kenya did it! It is now beginning the third Term of the second year. The teachers and staff have worked tirelessly and often without pay to keep the doors open! The government is yet to accept the school and send teachers, but the dedication of the community to have a school is strong.
Funds are coming in to complete the classroom that is on the bare foundation in the image. That will allow the space for the third classroom necessary for next year’s Form III class.
Haraka Haraka Haina Baraka…..(Hurry Hurry has no blessings.) Gordon Clem will have lots of blessings as there has been no hurry only steady persistence.