Mission: Encourage self-sufficiency nationally and internationally
Programs: Artisan support: purchased inventory from no less than 25 different african artisans and 2 different peruvian artists, assisting them to support themselves. Managed a small retail shop, sold african artwork, peruvian artwork in the shop, at fairs and over the internet.
construction of a secondary school to open in 2015. Site selection and intial construction began in 2014. The site selected was that of the prior girls rescue center which will operate as a rescue center and girls dormitory.
camp forest: provided day camp and week long expeditions for children during summer months. The children were taught wilderness and survival skills from kenya, peru and north america,thereby increasing their self-sufficiency through educational and cultural awareness.
special children (i. E. Street children fund): managed an orphanage containing 16 child beds in kenya. Developed the one acre of land to hold visitors, chickens, goats, and gardening. Provided education for the children in school and through example using alternative energy and self sustaining practices at the home. Provided assistance in the form of school fees, uniforms, school and household supplies to 24 different children. Administred a small feeding program.
Expanding Opportunities is an ernest organization working to help street children and orphans obtain food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care. They strive to reunite children with family members. They run an African Crafts and Art store called Aina Moja to help fund their projects and at the same time, it supports struggling artisans in Kenya. They run a nature camp in Maine to teach children wilderness and survival skills. Expanding Opportunities has founded and built a home for street children and is working to provide public education services in a rural Kenyan area. All of their work is good and their director is very hard working.
Expanding Opportunities is a wonderful small non-profit organization that helps support it's six projects in Kenya. I focus on the Artisan Support Project, Aina Moja. Items are purchased from Kenya at Fair trade... mainly from artists who live back in the bush... Artist who cannot go into town to sell their wares because lack of funds or disabilities and such... We get to know the artist and their story.
Their wares are brought back to the USA and sold online and at a very small shop located downtown Belfast, Maine. Once the artwork is sold the funds go back into the project to help support more artists as well as Expanding Opportunities Street Kids Project. Funds help send our Boys and Girls to School. It goes towards the school fees, uniforms, school supplies as well as their food..
To learn more about Expanding Opportunities, I wish everyone would take a moment and look at the website..www.exop.org and www.ainamoja.com