Searsmont Troop 533 held their Badge Ceremony on May 22nd at the Searsmont Community Center. The Troop worked hard selling cookies this year. Thank you to all who purchased cookies. With a portion of the profits from their cookie sale, they chose to give a $200 donation to Expanding Opportunities. This contribution will support a 9 year old girl, Juliza, in Kenya, Africa. She will be able to attend a boarding primary school, receive 3 meals a day and have a place to live.
Expanding Opportunities is a 501c3 organization in USA and a registered NGO in Kenya. Based in Brooks, Maine, they administer 7 projects including work in Kenya with orphans and vulnerable children and education; manage a Fair Trade art project with a small shop in Belfast, Maine; offer travel and volunteer opportunities and provide a wilderness camping experience, Camp Forest, in Brooks.
For more information on their projects and the opportunity to sponsor a child, visit their website at www.exop.org; stop in at the shop at 39 Main Street in Belfast; or call 207-722-3708.