Sponsor a Child

Kisima’s director reports that once the children know they have a sponsor they hold their heads higher, have a spring in their step, and show a renewed dedication to their schoolwork. Sponsor a child for $300 per year. Younger students require two sponsors for full support while older students need at least three. The cost of books and exams during their last two years is quite high. Sponsor a teacher for $400 per year. Each teacher needs four sponsors for full support. When you choose or are assigned a child it would be great to write a letter to introduce yourself and include a photo. The kids LOVE to receive photos. Please do not send packages because they may not arrive. The address to send letters and photos is Kisima Academy, P.O. Box 74, Postal Code 50211, Naitiri, Kenya.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Food prices escalate further

Just when I thought we could relax a little I hear from Martin that food prices have escalated further. It's now costing more than $1200 per month to feed the children. He writes:

"The food situations is worse in the whole country... We have never experienced such situation since 1992. We people in rural area are much affected because we depend on maize so much unlike people in towns whereby they can get rice and other food stuffs in the supermarkets and open markets.''

I hope and pray that things will go back to normal with this year's crops. Planting has started:

"The rain started last week and we are busy in the farm. Previously I used to plant maize in one acre at home and rent ½ an acre totally to 11/2 acres. But due to economy situation, this year I was unable to rent ½ an acre. Instead I planted ¾ of an acre while ¼ of a acre I planted nappier grass for the cow.I planted tree seedlings and grass in the school compound."

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New photos

Water on demand! The well is finished and a pump installed
thanks to Shiloh's Endowment Fund.

The new bicycle will make it easier to transport food, feed for
the cow, etc. I think the man pictured painted the "Kisima" sign.

The completed classrooms thanks to Shiloh's Endowment Fund

A few of the children with their new blankets