Children
 Kenya
Project #6107

Provide a HOME for Kenya's Street-Children 2016

by Expanding Opportunities
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Otieno: looking good
Otieno: looking good

Otieno was 7 years old when he came to JWHS, our chidlren's home. Th school had alertd us to his situation. He was arriving in school with no shoes, having had no breakfast, and carrying no lunch.  They knew he was bright but in a difficult situation.  He was the only survivor of his family taken to live with his grantparents who were still raising their family along with other grandchilren in a two room mud house on a very sall retirement.

They requested that otieno come and stay with us if possible.  We accepted him into the home and have been blessed by this young person of wonderful character and excellent academics.  He has returned to JWHS from his boarding high school for the holidays after receiving a B+ on his final examinations.  In January he enters his last year of high school.  The exam he takes at the end of this year will dtermine if and where he can attend further education. 

He is determined to study hard and receive an A on his KCSE.  We would like to thank you donors for your part is raising this wonderful young man.  Without you donors we would not be able to assist these children and helpthem to grow into mature, responsible citizens.

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Here at GlobalGiving, we promise to be transparent with our donor community. In keeping with that promise, I have some troubling news to share with you today about an organization you’ve generously supported on GlobalGiving.

On June 24th, Expanding Opportunities alerted GlobalGiving that one of their employees in their Children's Home had entered into a sexual relationship with one of their constituents causing her to become pregnant. Since then, the organization let us know that the employee was fired immediately, arrested, and is currently awaiting trial. The girl was put into a safe home where she and her baby are receiving the support and care they need.

GlobalGiving takes constituent safety very seriously. That is why on June 25th we suspended all fundraising on our site for Expanding Opportunities until we investigated this incident further. We spent over two months speaking with the representatives from the organization to gather information about the situation and learning about how they responded. Expanding Opportunities was responsive, transparent, and acted quickly to make sure there were procedures in place to prevent a situation like this from happening again.

After much deliberation and investigation, GlobalGiving decided that we will continue our partnership with Expanding Opportunities. They will be working with our team to engage in learning opportunities, such as networking with other children's organizations about how they screen staff, and reviewing child protection policies. GlobalGiving believes Expanding Opportunities responded responsibly to the situation and we are confident that they have implemented systems that will ensure such an incident never happens again.

We will keep you updated as Expanding Opportunities continues to make their homes safer for all constituents. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about Expanding Opportunities or GlobalGiving’s vetting process, please don’t hesitate to contact me personally at smatheny@globalgiving.org.

Thank you,

Starlyn

Champion for Donor Engagement

GlobalGiving

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Making Pizzas
Making Pizzas

JWHS, the children’s home managed by Expanding Opportunities is “green” and works toward sustainability. The trees that were planted at its beginning in 2001, are now able to be sustainably branch harvested for firewood!. Bring on the OVEN! After a bit of time, study and collaboration, a cob oven was built. The mud and sand being dug from the property, the fires brick had to be purchased but the rest was fun and mud pies! After the long days of waiting for it to dry we invited the children from another home and had a HUGE PIZZA PARTY!! Each child built their own pizza and then shared with each other. After the pizza was done in went the Zucchini bread and yeast rolls for the next day.

This is a wonderful addition to the children’s home! Now fresh bread can be baked at least once per week. A grill was added to the side making it possible for the cook to simmer the Githeri without having to constantly bend over the fire. And to enjoy marshmallow after!

Every one is so happy that this very low cost and fun group activity to build. The oven is now part of the JWHS family.

The Cob (mud) Oven
The Cob (mud) Oven
Roasting Marshmallows
Roasting Marshmallows

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JWHS Stephanie, Imam and Samwel
JWHS Stephanie, Imam and Samwel

JWHS Childrens' Home in Mangu, Kenya provides a safe home for several children, including Stephanie, Imam, and Samwel pictured here. These kids uplift our spirits everyday with dedication, hard work, scholarship and character, and we are so proud of the challenges they have overcome. Outside of the home, many children are depending on Expanding Opportunitntes for monthly exam fees or boarding fees, uniforms, shoes, and books. Just as any family struggles to make ends meet, so does Expanding Opportunites' family. With over 30 children depending on Expanding Opportunites for support and care we continue to strive for self sufficiency and financial stability, however we struggle with lack of ability to purchase basic needs without borrowing. This downhill method of using credit cards to supplement Aina Moja's artisan support income is hindering our growth to succeed. 

To our regular donors and sponsors: THANK YOU! It is because of you we have come this far and are able to assist so many people attain basic needs, including education. Your dedication and loyality are honorable and you encourage us and motivate us with your support and generousity.

Samwel on the far right and Stephanie on the far left have never found regular sponsors. Donors always step forward with extra help most months that art sales are low. This month, we do not have all funds as we change seasons. We are short $300.00 for monthly childrens expenses of food, medicine, cooking fuel and transportation. Please consider giving us a boost so we can fund expenses for these kids.  

Three of the Grown and Flown JWHS residents
Three of the Grown and Flown JWHS residents

 Paul, Kiplangat and Kamau are 3 of the many street boys that have called JWHS home. In 1999, Kiplangat and Kamau were found living in a trash dump in Kericho town. They were taken to a rented apartment along with two others. These first 5 were given a loving home. Paul's family was unable to care for him and joined us along with his brother. One day last week we found them walking together. Not only were they together at the home but they are still with each other caring for each other as brothers. They keep in touch with those who have moved further away and help each other through the tough times. They are grown now, with families and jobs of their own. They are determined to be the fathers they never had.

This is one of the most rewarding parts of the work. With your steady faithful donations we can take street children, educate them and give them lifetime families to support each other and share their families with each other. That is SUCCESS. Thank you for your part in the SUCCESS of Expanding Opportunities work with children in Kenya.

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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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