Children
 Kenya
Project #6107

Provide a HOME for Kenya's Street-Children 2016

by Expanding Opportunities
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Abdi
Abdi
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.
 
Julius
Julius

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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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Expanding Opportunities

Location: Brooks, ME - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.exop.org
Project Leader:
Beverly Stone
Brooks, Maine United States

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