*2018 JWHS children's home* As we finished 2018, seven children lived at JWHS with a full-time social worker, Bev, and with Chege (JWHS Manager) commuting from his home just down the road. Unfortunately, Isaac ran away as of November. We are still searching for him. Currently in partnership with the Government of Kenya’s push for reintegration of children in their home communities, Expanding Opportunities is looking for more systematic ways to provide community support so that Kenyans are empowered to care for and educate their most vulnerable children. Chege and Catherine recently attended a training on reintegration and gained the tools we will need to push for family unity in 2019. [image: image.png]
*Children updates* Oti graduated Form 4 in 2017 and was accepted into Chuka University in 2018, where he studies economics. He is the 4th college attending graduate of JWHS! He is being helped in his schooling by some very generous donors at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, Massachusetts. Samwel had a big year. He took his exams for entrance into secondary school. Though he got lower marks than he wished, he is eager to attend high school in 2019. Imam, like Samwel, will also be attending secondary school next year, and he attended his circumcision ceremony and subsequent seclusion. He came to us at age 6 and is now 15. ExOp continues to reevaluate the potential for permanent reintegration on the basis of Imam’s safety, health, and happiness. Stephanie came to us in 2013. She is now a 15-year-old girl on her way to womanhood. She took her qualifying exams for secondary school and will attend Form 1 in 2019. We hope to be able to search for family members in order to reintegrate Stephanie with her roots during 2019. Mike has been with JWHS since 2007. He completed Form 1 this year but his marks did not meet the expectations we set for him continuing in secondary school. We searched for vocational training for him, but could not find affordable, feasible training, so in 2019 he decided to return to his grandmother’s house to attempt secondary school again. We are currently trying out Michael’s reintegration with other members of his family in a temporary way. This October, we traced Gerrison’s steps home from his school in Nairobi and found his older brother! They had a joyous reunion, and we are following Gerrison’s reintegration with his brother’s family in 2019. We went looking for Daisy and Kiptoo’s mother in October but our lead was a false one, and we wish to track their grandparents in Kericho in 2019. Daisy is partially supported and Kiptoo is unsupported by sponsors.
In the community [image: image.png] Because of ExOp support, 16 community students bought the supplies they needed (including uniforms, books, writing utensils, and fees) to attend school successfully in 2018. Community students are selected by Bev and Chege on the basis of parental poverty indicators like debilitating illness, single motherhood, and other referrals and unfortunate life circumstances. Also in 2018, four of our community students graduated from secondary school, and one graduated from primary school. Way to go, kids! 10 children require our support as of January of 2019. First term dues total $1360 including JWHS school fees. As our attention shifts to community empowerment, we will be following our children in the community more closely, counseling families, and strategically supporting in-home care among both JWHS graduates and underserved community members. All of these efforts will take resources in the form of transport and human resources. Expect to see this section of the report expanding in future years!
The Gordon Clem Study Center
The GCSC is located in the common area at JWHS. It is named after the former headmaster at Saint Thomas Choir School in New York – Gordon Clem had a heart for service and always wished to do work like that of ExOp in Sub-Saharan Africa. His students and friends at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, Massachusetts have helped inspire the study center at JWHS, where a library and study area are available to the public for free. We envision this space in the future as a thriving center of formal, informal, and cross-cultural learning in a rural place where these opportunities are not readily available. We hope that one day it will support itself through paid workshops, a café, and other services. For the time being, the center is crowded with children after school lets out. To be a better resource for these children, the center needs better security, more books and media, a salaried overseer, and advertising. The Gordon Clem Academy in Isiolo, GCSC’s predecessor, was turned over to local management last year, and it is still in the process of securing teachers. [image: image.png] Students and teachers from a GCSC 2018 summer arts camp, “Splash in the Arts”
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