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.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Classroom finished and fish ponds coming!

Martin sent photos of the third classroom which is now finished. He reported that the drought has damaged some of the maize crop but that the vegetables are growing well thanks to buckets and buckets of water hauled to the plot.
I was so excited to hear from Bill Kirby, an aquatic biologist in Texas who has been working with Martin to plan a tilapia farming project. Bill has raised enough money to have two 20'x40' ponds dug in the half acre plot near the river and also to buy piping and nets. Tilapia are native to Kenya and are quite easy to grow. How wonderful that the children will have such a good protein source!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Emmanuel Nyongesa

At 5 a.m. one morning last week the night watchman heard an abandoned child crying that he was hungry. He appears to be about 4 years old and his name is Emmanuel Nyongesa. He was suffering from malnutrition and Martin also thinks that he may have had polio. His health is improving with regular meals at Kisima.