Education
 Kenya
Project #6563

Provide an education for needy Kenyan children

by Expanding Opportunities
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Some of the children after closing school
Some of the children after closing school

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.

Our Number 1 Student receiving gifts
Our Number 1 Student receiving gifts

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Some of the girls
Some of the girls

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.

Thank You.

Some of the boys
Some of the boys

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Samwel
Samwel

 Hi, I am Samwel, I am 17 years old and live in live in Isiolo, Kenya in Eastern Province at a place called Aremiet.

My mother is a single parent supporting my eleven year old brother and I by creating charcoal from cutting trees and burning them. There is not enough money for me to attend school. I have worked at Gordon Clem Academy for some of my school fees.

I want to go to school to improve my life, improve the life of my last parent, to be a better person in the nation and and show a good picture to the local people.

I hope I will have a good job and improve our family. My dream when I finish the school and get a job is to build my mother a good house so she can rest from charcoal burning. Instead of burning trees to make charcoal she can plant and more trees.

Gordon Clem Academy us important because it was built in rural area where there was no school. It provides and opportunity for students who do not have adequate school fees to attend a boarding school outside the village or any school at all.

This story has been slightly edited to correct word usage and grammar. Samwel was one of the first students at Gordon Clem Academy and he has remained faithful through all the unrest. He is in need of school fees and would be most grateful if someone would sponsor him.   He is very concerned about the arrears in fees that he holds. As he is able to work for some but not all of his school fees, any amount of assistance is helpful. Beverly Gilbert Stone

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Margaret and her 4 grandchildren at her room
Margaret and her 4 grandchildren at her room

 Quietly, politely she approached the gate. Soon I was called to find an elderly woman sitting on the veranda. She shifted and smiled and stammered. Needing the assistance of a translator the new House Father sat and assisted her to tell her story.   She lives in one room with her four grandchildren. Her daughter, their mother, had left her with the 4 children, three years ago. Crippled with arthritis and beleaguered with chest pain, she is struggling to keep the children in school. They are behind with the school fees requested by the public primary and nursery school. The children’s uniforms are ragged and worn.

She is not requesting that we take the children into the home but that we help with the school uniforms and fees. The older children are of great assistance to her. Discussions with local residents and the chief and a home visit confirms and reveals a worse situation than imagined.

Thanks to donors like you we are able to assist this woman and not place her on an ever increasing waiting list. With your help this grandmother can maintain the relationship with her grandchildren and the children can receive an uninterrupted education.

We have paid the children’s arrears in school fees but need donations for their uniforms. Fifty dollars purchases a complete uniform with shoes.

Thank you.

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A lower primary classroom
A lower primary classroom

The school year just ended in Kenya. Most of the children supported by Expanding Opportunities in school improved. Two completed their Class 8 so on to High School in 2015. One was in position 3 in her class! These children are so grateful that donors assist with their school fees. You may be assured that their love, gratitude and prayers go out to you.

Your assistance with their education, educates not only one child but generations to come, as each generation reaches the same or greater level of education.

HELP US GET READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR! There are 24 children we are already working with and several on the waiting list.

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Expanding Opportunities

Location: Brooks, ME - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.exop.org
Project Leader:
Beverly Stone
Brooks, Maine United States

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