Searsmont Girl Scout Troop 533 held its badge ceremony on May 22 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 sales, 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 three meals a day and have a place to live.

Expanding Opportunities is a 501c3 organization in the United States and a registered NGO in Kenya. Based in Brooks, it administers seven projects, including work in Kenya with orphans and vulnerable children and education; manage a Fair Trade art project with a small shop in Belfast, offer travel and volunteer opportunities and provide a wilderness camping experience, Camp Forest, in Brooks.

For more information on projects and the opportunity to sponsor a child, visit Expanding Opportunities’ website at, stop in at the shop at 39 Main St. in Belfast or call 722-3708.