Though Expanding Opportunities works directly with Street Children, we have been shifting to a preventative strategy. We were told about Samuel and his sister. Samuel is an orphan currently staying with an aunt. The aunt reluctantly accepted Samuel and his sister after the death of her sister. BUT he is HIV positive and the aunt is not able to care for both of the children. Samuel is being rejected. He is to come to us at JWHS in May but we will need a sponsor for him. Anyone ready to accept this wonderful opportunity to have a son in Kenya? If you would like to offer a onetime donation for his settlement at JWHS it is $240.00 for his settlement at the home with bedding, clothing, school, uniform, books, medical information transfer... You can make this one time donation or you can schedule a recurring donation of $90.00 per month or any amount as a partial sponsor. We will keep you updated on Global Giving with regular reports of his progress. Thanks -- AND THE BLESSINGS WILL COME DOWN
JWHS, a children's home, works toward sustainability. The Home is on one acre. Every inch of the acre has a purpose. Living and playing space combine with growing food. The children are active participants in raising goats and chickens for meat and milk; mulching, watering, planting harvesting are all group activities. The children learn alternative technologies such as solar power, solar cooking, organic intensive gardening, grey water irrigation, humanmanure composting, etc. We hope to add biogas soon. Having children from a variety of tribal backgrounds also assists to join them all as Kenyans and share their own special areas of knowledge. For example, when our goat was birthing, our pastoralist girl acted very expertly as midwife. By working toward 100% sustainability we teach important skills, respect for the land and all living things, as well as looking toward the long term future of the Home. Every coin that is saved is another child that can be assisted.
It was pouring rain, the streets were flooded. I was driving onto the main road from a garage where my tire had been repaired. The back of the van flew open and two tires rolled out of the back. A dirty dusty child rushed to the road yelling and grabbed the tires. He help lift them back into the van. As he stood there, I asked his name and why he was not in school, the usual. He was very polite, before he had a chance to ask for money, more children arrived - my heart could resist no more so I told them to meet me at a local restaurant. They rushed across the street picking up a few more children on the way. I entered the restaurant and found no empty tables. The children were being chased off the door step while I hurried to ask a waitress if it was ok to bring them in. I told the chaser that these children were my guests. I asked a woman seated alone if she would help me with translation and I would buy her lunch. She smiled and the children sat at the table. One by one they went to the sink to wash at least their hands. The woman at the table knew some of the children. Serendipitously, she was the manager of that restaurant and on the board of a large children's NGO in Kenya. Together we got names and short stories about each child. One school had closed for the year and most were students at that mission school. Two of them were only about 6 years old. One is in a desperate situation.
Here are two stories...
Julius. He is the dusty little boy who rescued my tire from the street. He is quite bright. His Mom and Dad are alive but do not live with him or his brother. He lives with his grandmother. His brother is hired tending camels. He is 10 years old and attends the New Life School in Class 2. When not in school he is on the streets looking for any work or moeny he can find to help his grandmother buy food.
This is Abdi. I had met with Abdi several ties on the streets since I arrived in Isiolo. Each time I ask where is your mother and he responds at home. Why are you not in school, he replies with buy me a bread. So finally I had a chance to know him better. He is 6 years old, born of a woman who does not know how to care for him nor does she try. He is on the streets and has begun stealing and other
antisocial behaviors. He has gone to some of the feeding programs but when he sees and adult he runs away for fear of being beaten. He has never attended any school. This child is a serious case. One thing that impressed me the most. As we were leaving the restaurant, the other children ran off and headed for the next chance. Abdi returned and stuck out his hand and said Thank you. I was reminded of Jesus and the ten lepers. I plan to talk to the Chidlren's Officer about Abdi and his mother and his situation.
Job is a mild mannered, polite, bright young man. His mother was a teacher. As a single parent she worked hard to raise him. She died when he was about two years old. He was placed with his grandmother. Expanding Opportunities was alerted to his condition when he was 8 years old. He was still living with his grandmother but his health was bad and getting worse daily. With the grandmother’s permission we met at the hospital in Nairobi for diagnosis. Among a variety of infections, it was discovered he was HIV+. While in the hospital undergoing the many tests, some of which were rather painful, we shared the story of the Biblical Job. He felt a bit of camaraderie with his namesake. After discovering his condition we began working on the best placement choice. He was with relative and then at JWHS for a few years. As he grew he began to accept responsibility and gained ability to care for his health condition. When he was in Class Seven, he desired to return to his loving grandmother. Expanding Opportunities honored that desire, reunited him with his grandmother, and continues to assist the family with his school fees, uniforms and occasional other needs. The family is very pleased with this young man. He is now studying for his Primary examination in preparation for high school. With the help of donors, Expanding Opportunities will place Job in High School and support him to completion.
JWHS, our children's home, is working for sustainability. The home is "GREEN" with solar power, solar water heating, solar cooking, organic gardens, drip irrigation, grey water irrigation, rain water catchment and humanmanure compostiing.
In March the gardens are dry and sparse. The rains begin in late March and planting starts in Apri.l So now in July, the the gardens are GREEN and producing! The animals are fat and healthy too. We have dairy goats, chickens and rabbits.
As JWHS continues to work toward 100% sustainability, we look forward to stretching donor funding by assisting more children!
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