Children
 Kenya
Project #6107

Provide a HOME for Kenya's Street-Children 2016

by Expanding Opportunities
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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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Working in the Garden
Working in the Garden

The school year has ended in Kenya and the children at JWHS are home for their long Holiday. All but one student improved in their last term! They had worked very hard The top student was number 8 in her class!!

The last day of school is a celebration at school. Each class performs a dance, poem or song. The little Nursery school children graduate and the Class 8 also graduate. Of course my camera had no power.    The next day after school closed they began work on the Home, planting the garden, weeding, preparing the pathways, trimming the bushes. The last month of school is preparation for exams so many of the chores are deferred. The next day they pull out everything from the pantry and seek any lost items and any little creatures that may have decided it was a nice home.

Coming soon is a bit bittersweet. Some of the children have relatives. They are encouraged to go visit during this time. Some take the children for a few weeks and others for a few days, but we do have some that have no one and this becomes their loneliest time.  

We try to plan special things for these few to make the loneliness a bit sweeter.

All the children are grateful for the Home they do have. It is your prayers and donations that make it possible.

Chopping sticks for the garden
Chopping sticks for the garden

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The boys and the G
The boys and the G

 We love our small family style children’s home. Keeping the residential Home small gives us those great family moments, bonds the children as brothers and sisters, and provides the atmosphere necessary for instilling values. So often we look at what is still undone, and needs attention instead of looking at what is good and precious.

 This little video is just a peek at what is good. A little Sunday drive with some of the children brought spontaneous joyful singing. As the vehicle filled with song, my heart filled with gratitude for the many donors that make it possible. I wish that everyone could come and see what their dollars have purchased.

THANK YOU

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First Lady in Mangu at JWHS
First Lady in Mangu at JWHS

This is a rare opportunitiy.  Gordon Clem Academy is a new project of Expanding Opportunities.  A secondary school was built in the heart of pastoralist northern Kenya.  As there is little income in the area but many goats, cowsm sheep, donkey and camels, we built in a barter system for payment of the necessary school fees.

One day a man came with a bery sweet healthy goat.  After having the goat for a few days we realized she might be a valluable milking goat,with the toughness of the "bush" goat and the milk production of the dairy breed she resembles and if not she might be a good breeders of mixed dairy goat.

As the children at JWHS, our children's home had all 5 of their dairy goats stolen last October, they were anxious to begin again. 

So lady made a long journey.  The first step was to get a letter of no objection from the Government veterinarian where the children's home was.  Then get a letter of transport from Isiolo.  Then one fine Saturday we gave First Lady, the rear of the G wagon as her mobile home.  She settled in a lot better than expected and looked out the window to see where she had been instead of where she was going.  When the police stopped us at the road blocks she made herself known with a freiendly bleat and I was very glad we had all the proper paperwork.  When she arrived in Mangu, She at first wrinkled up her nose at the tall lush grass and lucerne seeking the dry thorny acadia. But in two days she was ruminating the rich grasses of her predecessors. 

Soon the children will be drinking goat milk again and thereby lowering the cost of their food budget so we can assist other children.

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Brooks, Maine United States

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