Articles by Nicole Carbisiero

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.
Every day, tens of thousands of people in African, South American, and Asian countries—men, women and even children—work in nearly unbearable conditions for little or no money for goods we use regularly. Everyone deserves decent wages and working conditions, regardless of where they live, and to promote this idea, World …
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.
Monday, June 13, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Friday, June 17, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Camp Forest, 84 Payson Rd., Brooks, Maine For more information: 2079308012; Camp Forest is within a stone’s throw of a perfect place for river canoeing, and kicks off the 2016 season …

Expanding Opportunities through Ecotourism: Local Organization Offers Trips to Kenya

By Nicole Carbisiero on Feb. 25, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Ecotourism is worldwide industry that focuses on nature and the environment, as an alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. In response to the increasing acknowledgement of travel ethic (travel responsibility and moral standards), ecotourism proposes ethical travel to natural areas that practices ecological conservation, sustains the well-being of the local …

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

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 08, 2015, at 10:13 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: 2079308012 Expanding Opportunities presents its third Asante Sana benefit fundraiser on Saturday December 19th at Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church and invites the public to join in a …

Asante Sana in Belfast to celebrate African culture

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 23, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: 207-930-8012; BELFAST, Maine — Expanding Opportunities will sponsor the third annual Asante Sana, celebration of African culture with dinner, drum and dance performances 5-9 p.m. Saturday …

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

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 09, 2015, at 1:02 p.m.
Starting January 1st,, an artisan support project of local 501(c) non profit organization, Expanding Opportunities will be NEW, with NEW Inventory! To celebrate, the entire retail shop downtown Belfast will feature 40 % off all regular priced items for the month of November. Aina Moja bridges a marketplace between …
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.
United Mid-Coast Charities is dedicated to the support of charities which provide social services and care to those most deserving, including medical, physical, social, psychiatric or community educational services. UMCC strives to locate charities which offer the most possible benefit to residents in and around the Mid-Coast area. In their …
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.
Expanding Opportunities observes International Day of the Girl Child as an opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls, and in particular to Expanding Opportunities, in Kenya. We promote, sustain, and encourage the importance of girls’ right to equal education and their …
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.
Fair Trade Month at Aina Moja aims to raise awareness of the reasons why fair trade is important, and to promote buying and using socially and commercially sustainable, fair trade products in the place of commodities which may harm the environment, the economy, communities and disadvantaged individuals. Investing in people …

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

By Nicole Carbisiero on Sept. 25, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
Expanding Opportunities supports all Indigenous Peoples, including Native Americans, hunter-gatherers in the Amazon, traditional pastoralists like the Maasai in East Africa and other tribes in Kenya: Turkana, Pokot, and Samburu. The organization invites you to support those indigenous groups at Aina Moja. Tribal Peoples, First Peoples, Native Peoples, or Indigenous …
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.
September for many means back to school and that is true at Expanding Opportunities as well. While the harvest months reward us with a bounty of fresh things to eat, the organization embraces the changing of leaves at a quiet Camp Forest as the youth primitive skills camp prepares for …

Youth Passy Expedition

By Nicole Carbisiero on July 01, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
Spend 5 days and 4 nights adventuring with a team of experienced paddlers and survivalists, combining the best of both worlds of primitive skills and backcountry canoeing. Learn whitewater canoe techniques and forage for food off the land for your supper as we explore our the Passagassawakeag River. The best …

Wilderness Camp GIRLS ONLY Week

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 30, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
Monday, July 13, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday, July 16, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Friday, July 17, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Camp Forest, 84 Payson Rd, Brooks, Maine For …
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.
Over $1,000 Raised Provides Summer Camp for Local Kids GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives non profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised $181,158,610 from 469,493 donors who have supported …

Nature Arts Camp at Camp Forest

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 03, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
June 29 – July 3 NATURE ARTS CAMP Come explore your creative side in an all-outdoor experience of artistic fun! Dye cloth with things you find growing in the woods, sketch on mushrooms, paint with mud and bark, and make your crafts beautiful with decorative carving, feathers, glazes, or paint. …

Aina Moja OPEN for Summer

By Nicole Carbisiero on May 07, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
Aina Moja, will be open Monday through Saturday beginning Monday, May 11th. Six days a week are available for browsing and purchasing authentic hand crafted, one of a kind fashions that are fairly traded and support children in Kenya. Aina Moja is an artisan support project of Expanding Opportunities (EXOP) …
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.
Margaret Adhiambo is a widow aged 69 years who is living with her 4 grandchildren. Her daughter dropped the children, left and has not returned since the baby Maurice was 8 months old. She has various medical problems. Pneumonia and other chest problems as well as debilitating arthritis in her …
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.
Four volunteers have arrived safely in Aremiet Kenya for a Service Journey at Gordon Clem Academy with Expanding Opportunities non profit organization. Mason Hall of Belfast and Shelby joined Kevin Lees and Marley Smith of Vermont and director of Expanding Opportunities, Beverly Stone this week upon arriving at the airport …

Feb 20 World Day of Social Justice

By Nicole Carbisiero on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
World Day of Social Justice is a day recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We advance social justice when we remove barriers people face. You can …

Aina Moja Joins Vendors: Partners for World Health Craft Fair, Orono

By Nicole Carbisiero on Jan. 30, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: American Legion Post 84, 156 Park St, Orono, Maine Aina Moja, a project of Expanding Opportunities 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization will be among the 70 vendors this February at American Legion Post 84, in Orono. Partners for World Health – …