Education
 Kenya
Project #6563

Provide an education for needy Kenyan children

by Expanding Opportunities
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Shy Dominic on his first day to meet us at JWHS
Shy Dominic on his first day to meet us at JWHS

Dominic and his sister, Joanne, lived in Kenya with their single mother. Mom was working hard and able to care for her children. The children were living with their mother in a city about 2 hours from here. She had placed Joanne in private boarding school in Grade 6. Dominic was in a nursery school. Their mother had to travel to Nairobi on Good Friday. The Matatu had an accident and she died instantly. The children were left as orphans. At the burial, the extended family was discussing the children and no one wanted them. They were going to divide them and they would be living far apart geographically. Elizabeth, a more distant relative, was quiet at first but the talk of breaking up the children bothered her so she offered to take them both. The family was very pleased as no one wanted the responsibility. Elizabeth came to Mangu with both children. She started first to sort out the private boarding school for Joanne. The school offered to allow the girl to stay there with no fees until the end of this year. Then she began looking for help for Dominic.

Elizabeth, old enough to be a young grandmother, is handicapped, walks with a prominent limp, but does not talk of her problem.   She and her husband had three children. He provided well for them and was building a house. It was not quite finished when he died but they live in the house quite comfortably. Her last born is in high school.   She struggles to work to pay school fees and support herself and her children.

Thanks to generous donors like you, Expanding Opportunities was able to buy Dominic his uniform, books, school supplies and pay his school fees. We expect to bring his sister to public school next year where they can attend school together.

Dominic in his new uniform
Dominic in his new uniform

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A typical Classroom
A typical Classroom

TERM 2 is already upon us! School fees are due again. Uniforms are stable, more books are needed, and those three times per year school fees for all the children we support seems overwhelming. Our children are performing well in school and gaining all the time   Many of them took two tests during Term 1. For an example of how hard they are working let me select 5 sets of scores. Five children scored 312, 229, 341, 282, 267 respectively. A few weeks later at the end of the term the same children scored 380, 312, 400, 322, 318 respectively. All of them improved. The children know that wonderful donors are helping them and want to perform to be worthy of your assistance. Most of them would not otherwise be able to go to school. Thank you for your assistance to make education possible.

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A resident at JWHS heads to high school
A resident at JWHS heads to high school

Thank you donors!

Donors have paid school fees, bought books, uniforms and shoes through Expanding Opportunities for 20 children for term one of 2014! In Kenya there are three terms per year. January to March is the most costly as that is the time for new uniforms, entrance to kindergarten, primary school or high school for the first time. Each one of our children has different needs. Some have no support, some have partial family support. We evaluate the need and try to meet it so the child can enter school. Term 2 will be upon us in late April. We trust that all the needs for these 20 children will be met and we will be able to assist additional children.

Thank you for making it possible for 20 children in Kenya to attend school.

Grace, a Samburu girl, first time in school
Grace, a Samburu girl, first time in school

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Grace, so shy, hiding behind her mom.
Grace, so shy, hiding behind her mom.

Little Grace hides behind her mother’s chair as we hear her story.  Painfully shy, the little girl, though 7 years old, has not started her education.  Her mother is afraid that her daughter will never attend school and that she will be punished for “keeping” her child from school though the reason is lack of funds.   She herself is not well educated and does not have regular employment.  When she does find work it is difficult as there is nowhere to leave her children.  Caught in this dilemma, the mother approached us to help enroll her daughter in Nursery school.   As the public school is quite far and Grace so painfully shy, she needs to attend a small private nursery school close to her home so her mother can walk her to school.  The contribution the mother is asking for the nursery school, uniforms and other fees is $85.00 USDollars, 7,100/= Kenya Shillings, or 60Euros.  School begins in January.  This is one of the ways your donation is used.

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Stephanie at school
Stephanie at school

PLAN AHEAD:

The new school year in Kenya begins in January. Expanding Opportunities supports 24 students in education with a waiting list.  Though public education is “free” in Kenya, there are many costs involved in attending school.  Each child is expected to have a uniform, school shoes, book bag, lunch, exam, and other fees.  In some areas the public schools are extremely crowded or distant so private school attendance is necessary. In other cases boarding school is necessary.  Expanding Opportunities assists with the purchase of uniforms, books, school supplies, school fees and/ or  boarding fees based on an individual needs assessment. 

Some students need only a uniform and shoes costing approximately $50.00; others need a full year of boarding school for approximately $800.00. 

Education is power and creates long term sustainability.  We offer the opportunity for you to be part of creating sustainable development by sponsoring an individual child or contributing to this effort.

For a limited time, through Global Giving's Gifts for Good, a set of handmade, hand painted metal bookmarks are sent to you as a thank you for a donation of $25.00. 

Samwel in school
Samwel in school
Girls at Kipsing Academy
Girls at Kipsing Academy

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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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