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Give Me Five Shillings

A story of the origins of Expanding Opportunities and a peek into the life of Street Children in Kenya. The ragged dirty boy held out his hand. My heart tried to ignore him. But there he was standing in front of me. I shake my head and move on, a bundle of mixed emotions. I…


Otieno is an orphan at JWHS children’s Home. He was referred to us by the school headmaster at Menengai Primary School. He is the only child living in his family. The father died in 1999 in Bondo District after a long illness with Aids. Otieno’s mother, Alice, moved to Nakuru due to poverty. Otieno and…


Samuel Maina is 14 years old and the youngest of four children. Their mother died of Aids in 2010. Each of her children had a different father and Samuel’s father is unknown. Upon their mother’s death, the children were divided between the mother’s brother and sister. While living with his aunt, Samuel was often ill…


Benson – Gordon Clem


Francis – Gordon Clem


Benson – Gordon Clem


Monica – Gordon Clem


Maraka – Gordon Clem


Evans – Primary School

Mark Loigidongoi

My name is Mark Loigidongoi. I am seventeen years old. I live in Kiwanja, Burat Ward, Isiolo County, Kenya. I go to Gordon Clem Academy for studies because I believe it will change my life. We come for a new life through education. My aim in life is to liberate myself from poverty. I am…


Juma – Primary School


Elda – Primary School


Priscillah – Primary School


Anthony is 13 years old.   He was abandoned at his grandmother’s small single room mud home along with his sisters and brother.  The grandmother is 70 years old and has numerous medical issues. The children are a great help to her, but supporting them is very difficult. She relies on well-wishers to assist her with…

John Wren

John Wren – Primary School grade 8


Voyot (shown on the left) is a primary school student in Mangu, Kenya. He is an orphan living with his Aunt. The aunt came to Expanding Opportunities to ask for a little help. She is a hard working woman but as a widow, she is low income. She can house Voyot but needs a little…


Molly – High School third year

Teresa Grace

Teresa Grace – Primary School Kipsing


Dela – Primary School, Kipsing


Macharia – High School third year, lives with his mother


Job Makini Mutyota was once very sick and resided at JWHS. He is now managing his health and living with his loving grandmother. Expanding Opportunities has assisted him for several years. Job is currently in his fourth year of high school. Job needs a sponsor for high school.


Imam – Primary School – JWHS Sponsored


Mike – Primary School grade 8 – JWHS Sponsored


Stephanie – Primary School – JWHS

John Gachau Kimotho

John is a happy young man with an infectious giggle.  He is currently in college and achieving all A’s and B’s His long term sponsor is struggling to pay his college fees. Thank you for your faithful support, Lisa. Lisa could use any assistance you could provide to keep him on course in college and…


Dini is a delightful teenager with a strong will and upstanding character. She came to us as a rescued girl. One vulnerable to early marriage.  She was 10 years old and had not attended school. She was bright and ready.  As her story was told, one of the visitors with us promised to support Dini…

Green Moon

by Beverly Gilbert Stone Kenya – April 21, 2016 The moon is full and according to Facebook it is the GREEN MOON. But I can’t see it as it is April and the rains have begun. I don’t mind the sleepless full moon energy though it robs me of my sleep. I can lay here…


This is Dominic. The first time we met, he would NOT make eye contact. When I crawled my finger over to his arm, he slapped me like a bug, then burst out crying. HMM lovely first meeting. He is shown here in his first year in school at Sawa Academy. From shy to confident! Julie,…

From Struggling Student to Successful Farmer

OH, another, IS IT WORTH IT? Raphael was one of the first young men we met in Mangu. He was living with his siblings and single Mom. He had just been sent home from school for fees. We hired him so he could begin saving for his fees, but one volunteer came forward and assisted…

Becoming the Dad I Never Had

Some of you remember our first FIVE Kenyan children. Well they are grown and flown but they do return to share! It was wonderful to see Kamau arrive with pictures of his wife and DAUGHTER! He desires to be the Dad he never had. I am asked often – Is it worth it?? What do…

Honor Student in College

YIPPEE! John Gachau has been with JWHS, Expanding Opportunities since 2004. His sponsor took him to college. This is the result of his first semester in college! Is sponsorship worth it? 6 A’s and 3 B’s I think it is.