Children
 Kenya
Project #6107

Provide a HOME for Kenya's Street-Children 2016

by Expanding Opportunities
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John
John

Working with Kenya's children is a privilege; often hard work, occasionally frustrating work, but nothing rewards like a letter from one of the children.  I feel that I share this honor and love with you, the donors, who have made it possible. 

This is an edited version  of a letter written to me, the project leader, by our most recent high school graduate, John. It makes it all worthwhile!!

I can now tell what you go through in life for us to live comfortably, get an education clothes and food. I lack words to express my thanks, love and concern to you. You really mean a lot to me. You are such a loving, caring and a kind mother and I always thank God for helping make you think and reason with your heart because most probably I would not be here and the far I have gone in life. You are so wonderful because you have served and this earns you a badge of honor to me though I know you will say humility is the true badge of the highest honor.

You have also taught me about choice and now I am very careful while making my choices more than I was before.  Now the thing I have learned from you is to be kind, honest, have integrity, love and respect to others.

I pray to God to give you a very long life so that you will see your products, the fruits of your good, best and great work in this world.

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Joshua
Joshua

Joshua Ndugu was the only one of the primary school children at JWHS without a sponsor in 2011. He handled it well and we love him but there was that empty spot that wishes for his own sponsor. Then an anonymous donor on Global Giving began giving a recurring donation.  We elected to use it as a half sponsorship for Joshua.  As the donor is anonymous, we cannot connect them directly but Joshua now knows he has a sponsor. Thank you donor and thank you to all the donors who give hope and enrich the lives of these children.

Meet Joshua Ndugu. He is 15 years old and has been at JWHS for 4 years He is quiet, respectful, and hardworking.  As a matter of fact, while I am writing this my feet are up on the chair as he mops the floormona Saturday afternoon whistling as he works. Joshua can be found doing his chores without being asked and on time for study in the evening. He is also very funny. He makes the BEST faces.  If there is dissapproval he casts his eyes and curls his lip.  When he is amused he grins and giggles.  When he is angry watch out for the fire in his eyes. 

There are 5 children at JWHS attending Menengai Primary School. In Class 6, Joshua is a bit behind the normal school schedule as his education was interrupted before he came to live with us. After a difficult childhood, he is growing into a wonderful young man. He now has an anonymous sponsor for half his support. If you would like to contribute the other half, a recurring donation of $45.00 on Global Giving will do it.

Joshua would love to send you a letter or even talk to you on the phone to thank you in person.

Study Time
Study Time

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Job
Job

Meet Job

Part of what I do in Kenya involves meeting with a myriad of street children.  He is 16 years old from a fairly distant city where his mother and siblings live.The family is very poor.  As he tells it his mother told him he was old enough now to go off and earn a living. So he came to Nakuru. He does not use glue or other drugs and would like to work. He sleeps in a small suburb in a small house that was abandoned. At 16, with jobs at a premium, he has not been able to find a job. Someone had given him some maize but he needed about 200 shilling (approximately $2.00 USD - a day's unskilled labor pay). Expanding Opportunities had his Maize meal ground so he can eat but now what for the long term? He was attending Class 7 in school. Next year he would be in the final year of primary school and complete a very important examination, the KCPE. Scores on this examination determine the number of opportunities for further education and/or employment. School is almost completed for this year. 
Meeting him a second time on the streets, I was introduced to his cousin.  A young man a bit older and working selling icecream.  Though he cannot live with his cousin, this older relative would help him set up selling ice cream if he had a $40.00 investment for a health certificate, business license and a cooler. He would be able to make a small amount from this business and consider attending school in January. Expanding Opportunities is considering assisting this young man to establish the business and enter school in January.  
This is just one story. there are many more.  I do hope they give you a picture - one child at a time. .

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Ndegwa in school uniform
Ndegwa in school uniform

Here are some lightly edited words from Joseph Ndegwa, a young boy at JWHS.  Joseph has been with us for a couple years.  He was brought to us through the Children's Department. With a difficult childhood, malnutritioned, and interrupted education, he is now well settled in the HOME. As his education has been very poor, please forgive the errors as we lightly edit. 

"Hi, i would like to send my warm greetings to you. Hope is come like came the support. Lord very you so you with many blessings. 

We are doing well at home.At first we were boys but now we is home.

Thank you very much."

From Joseph Ndegwa

Joseph Ndegwa
Joseph Ndegwa

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Children in the Nakuru Dump - pic byJen Buley
Children in the Nakuru Dump - pic byJen Buley

Orphans, destitute, HIV+, vulnerable children – the children in this image live in the city dump. Often an entire single parent family lives in the dump.  Fire burn plastic, rubber, batteries and other carcinogenic trash all day long.  The children learn to roam the dump for the things they can sell, recycle or eat.  There are many organizations working in the dump, others bring people out of the dump, some try to develop work for single mothers, some build schools for the children to attend, others take children from the dump and bring them to children’s homes.   No single organization is equipped to meet all the needs. But all are working to their capacity to make a difference.  That is how it will be done – one child at a time – one single parent at a time - one donor at a time.  Thank you for donating to Expanding Opportunities Street Children Project.

Women in the dump pic by J. Buley
Women in the dump pic by J. Buley
View of Lake Nakuru from the city dump
View of Lake Nakuru from the city dump

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

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