Articles by Nicole Carbisiero


Camp Forest Wilderness Retreat for Adults

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 02, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Expanding Opportunities nonprofit organization out of Aina Moja, an African artisan support shop in Belfast invites the public to join Friends Across the Ocean, an alternative to mass tourism in Kenya. A trip is being planned for October 2016 where travelers will experience community involvement, economical and ecological support including fair trade shopping, safari, home and school visits as well as a national park and coffee farm. Those interested are encouraged to call (207)930-8012 or email

Expanding Opportunities through Ecotourism: Local Organization Plans Trip to Kenya October 2016

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 02, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
African art and goods are colorful and enjoyable reminder of the success of the Fair Trade movement, and a prompt us to consider Fair Trade options within our shopping. If you want to take part in this special day, gain and share awareness among your family and friends by shopping at Aina Moja- giving your hard-earned money to an organization that cares about the well-being of those less fortunate. Aina Moja is located at 39 Main Street, Suite 1B in Belfast, and online at For more information about Expanding Opportunities and socially, economically, and environmentally responsible travel to Kenya, please inquire within, or connect via social media applications, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy.

May is Fair Trade Month

By Nicole Carbisiero on May 11, 2016, at 11:23 p.m.
Camp Forest is a wilderness camp that preserves and honors primitive and 
wilderness  living skills from around the world. Camp Forest teaches these skills to campers through a full  immersion outdoor experience in the heart of Maine, Camp Forest encourages campers to engage deeply with their natural surroundings. 

Camp Forest mentors campers to 
look to the natural world for:
solutions to problems
encouraging experiments
answering questions with a question

Camp Forest promotes peacekeeping principles, appreciation for all life.

Kick of the summer at Maine woods summer camp: Camp Forest

By Nicole Carbisiero on April 15, 2016, at 1:37 p.m.

Expanding Opportunities through Ecotourism: Local Organization Offers Trips to Kenya

By Nicole Carbisiero on Feb. 25, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.

Asante Sana Heats Up the Holidays; Djump! Returns; Celebrating Cultural Diversity

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 08, 2015, at 10:13 p.m.

Asante Sana in Belfast to celebrate African culture

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 23, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.

Local Organization Supports Fair Trade Artists: Will Launch a New Website

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 09, 2015, at 1:02 p.m.
2015 UMCC Grant Award recipients

UMCC Grants Sends More Kids to Camp Forest

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 02, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
Dini, a young girl at JWHS is now top of her class. With the opportunity of education and basic needs, girls use their potential to overcome extreme circumstances. To learn more about Dini and the girls served at Expanding Opportunties and how to get involved, stop by Aina Moja, a retail shop in Belfast. The shop, an income generating project of Expanding Opportunties supports artists fair trade offering a fair deal of their crafted skills, while 100% of proceeds support the children of JWHS.

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) October 11: Highlighting issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls

By Nicole Carbisiero on Oct. 09, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
October is Fair Trade Month! Aina Moja in downtown Belfast invites you to shop fair trade year round; offering quality goods made by artists who receive a fair deal for their hard work. 100% of proceeds benefit the projects of Expanding Opportunities 501(c)3 non profit organization. The organization constructed and operates JWHS, a home for former street children and girls rescued from EFM and FGM in addition to Gordon Clem Academy, a secondary school for nomadic students in a rural bush village of Kenya, Africa. Also, you can shop for hand tailored authentic clothing at the organization's sister site

Fair Trade Month: Good Practices. Good Products.

By Nicole Carbisiero on Oct. 03, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.

International Day of World’s Indigenous People Oct. 12, 2015

By Nicole Carbisiero on Sept. 25, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
Nicholas Troutman, graduated in the top five of his class and now studies architecture and sustainability at Carnegie Mellon after being home schooled. Nick spent his summers growing up in Maine and attended Camp Forest, where he worked part time this summer.

From Camp to Carnegie

By Nicole Carbisiero on Sept. 09, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.

Youth Passy Expedition

By Nicole Carbisiero on July 01, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.

Wilderness Camp GIRLS ONLY Week

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 30, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
To apply for a Camp Forest campership, please call 207 930 9766. Visit for more information.

Over $1,000 Raised Provides Summer Camp for Local Kids

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 23, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.

Nature Arts Camp at Camp Forest

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 03, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.

Aina Moja OPEN for Summer

By Nicole Carbisiero on May 07, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
Margaret Adhiambo with her four grandchildren. To support the efforts of Expanding Opportunities shop at Aina Moja located at 39 Main St. Belfast. Aina Moja is an artisan support project importing authentic fair trade goods from Kenya, Africa and all proceeds benefit the organizations many efforts.

S.T.E.M.S: Expanding Opportunities; Success Through Education, Money and Support

By Nicole Carbisiero on March 25, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
Service Journey Volunteers with Expanding Opportunities work in the very remote village of Aremiet, Kenya, will include school construction, assistance with secondary school education, teaching culinary skills, and working with residents of the village to help with whatever needs arise. Mason will be spending two weeks volunteering in Aremiet, and is raising money to be given directly to Expanding Opportunities to assist with the completion of the school and other prescient needs, including food and water for villagers.

Belfast Brings Volunteers to Kenya

By Nicole Carbisiero on March 02, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.