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.
Expanding Opportunities has been working in Kenya since 1997. Starting with a feeding program, when that seemed to help but not make permanent change; we added a Chidlren's Home, research reveals that the best place for children is in their own home, so we began Orphans at Home but by far in a country where public school is NOT FREE and uniforms are required, the evidence points more and more to education support. As education has proven to be one of the greatest tools for lifting people from powerty we increased our education support project. With close to 30 children being supported in some way, it was growing by leaps and bounds. Then for some reason unknown to us, donors left us behind. This School term we had to cut some children. That was one of the most heartbreaking experiences. But we did keep on 20 children. Two of them are Number one in their class. Six are high school students. High school is very costly so without assistance they would stop their education at class 8. Two are girls who are at risk of Early Forced Marriage and Femalw Genital Mutliation, Six are chdlren living with their elderly widowed grandmothers.
Each of them has a great need for assistance. Their support is not secured from one Term to the next.
Donors, I cannot thank you enough for making their education possible.
2016 is off to a great start! 26 children prepared to return to school. From Machakos to Aremiet; Kipsing to Mangu our children donned new uniforms and took their exercise notebooks and pencils off to begin a new year!
This year we have 4 students in High School; one in Class Eight who will prepare for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination at the end of this year. He is currently number one in his class. We hope for and encourage him to study as if his marks are high enough, he might obtain a scholarship.
Two are in Class 7 where the study pressure begins. Both the Class 7 and 8 students will be receiving some extra study texts. One is in his third year of postsecondary education and excelling in his study to become a computer engineer. The remaining are in K-6.
Thank you donors for making this possible. There are so many more unmet needs. So many children still at home without school uniform or fees. So many still on the streets without a home or hope for education. Your new or continued support will allow Expanding Opportunities to give hope to these children for the long term until they grow into responsible educated adults
Thanks to your assistance 24 children have received assistance with their education expenses. 7 of them are in Boarding School. Boarding school is normal for Kenya as distances to school are often vast, and the public day schools are often very overcrowded. Expanding Opportunities uses your funds to pay all or some of the 24 children’s education expenses. The least we have done for a child is to purchase a uniform. Uniforms are required and many parents can afford the fees but not the cost of the uniform so their child cannot attend school. Other children receive the full cost of their expense as they are orphans with no found relatives or other source of funds. Most of these 24 students improved their academic scores this year. One is number one in his class and will take his final prima exam next year!! We hope to raise enough funds to purchase him some extra preparation texts. If he is able to excel in that primary examination, he could receive a full four year high school education free of charge! Four students completed the first year at Gordon Clem Academy, the organization’s new high school. It was a challenging year with construction; raids from neighboring tribes, drought and other challenges. These students met them head on and even prepared their own lunch at the school as the year approached its end.
The determination of these students to obtain an education deserves all of our support! The parents who try hard to do what they can deserve a boost.
The New Year will begin January 4, 2016. The list of students needing assistance has grown. If you can help in any way, please click on the DONATE TAB and give your year-end gift to education a child in Kenya.
Expanding Opportunities assists 24 students with their education needs. Our students are not selected by academic prowess but by financial need. We are always pleased with their best efforts and very pleased when they are able to achieve. Dini, one of our girls, was number one in her class last term! This is a goal she set for herself and has taken two years to reach that goal! We are so very proud of her! She has high hopes for her life and we are privileged to be part of making that happen for her.
School is not free in Kenya and the cost varies according to the school. September is Back School month for the Third Term in Kenya. Expanding Opportunities assists many children in different ways to stay in school. Though every term presents its fund raising challenges, this term has proven to be our most difficult. We needed $2,025.00 to meet the educational needs for this term.
We are into the term and still need $1,625.00. The children are being sent home from school and will not be allowed to return until the fees are paid. If you are able to assist us – now is a critical time.
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