Children
 Kenya
Project #6107

Provide a HOME for Kenya's Street-Children 2016

by Expanding Opportunities
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Job, his grandmother and his aunt
Job, his grandmother and his aunt

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.

Job
Job

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Our new born goat
Our new born goat

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!

Thank you Global Giving Donors!

Comfy Rabbits
Comfy Rabbits
Laying Hens
Laying Hens
A large Hand of Bananas...YUM
A large Hand of Bananas...YUM

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Sami, Langat and Friend at ROHI High School
Sami, Langat and Friend at ROHI High School

In response to a post on Facebook, one of our boys who is now on his own, attending college on a scholarship for high marks, we received this comment.  --- It gives us strength to go on....

Here is the unedited comment from Facebook.

"Bev. that's true. May God live to bless your kind heart.He surely uses you to save peoples lives .Am one and am proud of u Bev. Thanks to the donors and sponsors.May God bless them "kabisa". I know that they don't give because they have a lot to give but its because they have the heart to give. My prayer to God is that all those successful people may be used by God to save life of those innocent soles who end up lacking food and education due to poverty.i miss you Bev. You are a mom to many. I know you sacrifice a lot for others.GOD BLESS YOU SANA.bye."

Thank you donors. It is a privilege to share this encouragement with you.

Sammy at ROHI High graduation
Sammy at ROHI High graduation
SAmi at JWHS
SAmi at JWHS
A bit of farming
A bit of farming

It is hard to believe that we are entering month 5 of 2012!  I flew to Kenya with the awesome privilege to appropriately, transparently and honestly expend your hard earned donations.  There was so much to do. A bit of construction, sprucing up, planting, feasting, sharing gifts; buying uniforms, paying school fees, feeding children on the street, interviewing the many needs that knock on the door each day, rescuing girls, attending a graduation; following up on past children, assisting new ones, evaluating our progress, planning for the future, managing volunteers. 

The time flew by. To look at what was accomplished brings an outpouring of wonderful stories. I hope to share them with you in the coming months. To look at what had to be ignored is painful. A waiting list, girls and more girls, all of them needing, at the very least, a boarding school to be able to have safe housing and education. Each costing about $1,000 per year.

In the face of having to say I will try to help but right now I cannot promise… the dream for a larger piece of land for a Coed Home School where children can learn at their own pace and find individualized attention, love and concern surfaces again from its “stuffing” place. The dream of a place where overcrowded classrooms do not rob a child of adequate instruction, where children can fill the gaps in their broken education and go on to learn to read, write and compute. The dream of a place where they can learn a skill that will support them and their future families.

Dreams, dreams, thank you for letting me touch on the needs you have filled and the needs that stand. Dreams do come true when we work together one child at a time to make a difference.   THANK YOU GlobalGiving Donors.

graduation; following up on past children, evaluating our progress, planning for the future, managing volunteers. 

The time flew by. To look at what was accomplished brings an  outpouring of wonderful stories. To look at what had to be ignored is painful

A bit of feasting
A bit of feasting
A bit of relaxation
A bit of relaxation
A bit of sharing gifts
A bit of sharing gifts
A bit of sprucing up.
A bit of sprucing up.
A bit of traditional construction
A bit of traditional construction
A bit of wonder
A bit of wonder
A few school fees
A few school fees
A graduation
A graduation

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Sharing gifts from a sponsor with brothers
Sharing gifts from a sponsor with brothers

Change is inevitable.  This one has been one of the best! The public school where our children attend has become increasingly crowded.  The children who come to our Children's Home often have spotty educational histories.  Being placed in a class of 60 students, the teacher cannot meet their needs and fill in the blanks in their education.  After watching one of our children suffer trying to learn without a proper foundation, we decided to send the three youngest children in the Home to a school that specializes in individualized curriculum.  it cost a bit more but their education is worth it. 

This school was not yet a boarding school so our three boys were the first boarders. The distance to this school is too far for a daily commute. But it is not too far for them to come home on weekends.  They were nervous about going so far to school, what would it be like, what about their friends. We were glad there were three of them to bolster each others' courage. 

Their first weekend home was proof is the wisdom of the decision.  Already their English was improved.  They were tested upon arrival at the school and then placed where they needed to begin.  The boys were beaming!  One was number 1 and the other number 2 of the children in their group!  This was not only great academic reinforcement but after being number 55 of 62, you can imagine how that lifted their spirits!

When they arrived Home that first weekend the happy chatter did not end until well after dark and continued again the next morning!  I have not heard those three boys talk so much since they arrived here. 

A good change....

First Weekend home - Chatter all day
First Weekend home - Chatter all day

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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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