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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Trip dates set!

It's been a long time in coming but the dates for the trip to Kisima are finally set for April 12-27. So far there are three of us who are definitely going and a couple of other "maybes." We'll be in Kisima part of the time and in Nairobi part of the time. Be assured that everyone who is going will be paying all of their expenses themselves. All donations to Kisima go directly to Kisima.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


The fourth brick classroom is about halfway done. Finishing it will have to wait until more money is available.
The second set of latrines is almost finished. There is also a bath room being built.

Children are overjoyed with new 4th grade textbooks.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Alternative Gift Opportunity

If you're lookg for a meaningful gift for those who seem to "have everything," please consider giving a donation in their honor to Kisima Academy. Even in these uncertain economic times we have many blessings for which to thank God. We take much for granted, often overlooking that in other parts of the world education is not free for students nor are there established programs for orphans. Without Kismia Academy 101 of God's children would be left to fend for themselves.
Honoring your friends through a donation to Kisima is quite simple. Just pick and item or items from the following gift list, such as school supplies, a cow, or chickens. Mail a check to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church http://www.coslc.ctsmemberconnect.net/ , 260 Wade Rd. W., Loudon TN 37774 along with a note giving your name, email address, and the gift item(s) you have chosen. A Gift Insert which will describe the project but not the amount of the donation will be emailed to you to download, print, and enclose in your personal greeting card.
Please keep in mind that Kisima Academy will receive 100% of your donation. Unlike most established charities, there are no administrative or fundraising costs.
Gift List:
1. School supplies for one child. Kisima is a registered school and the children take yearly national exams. Your donation will help give a child an education. $10
2. Feed a child for a month. Because of the drought this year food will be increasingly expensive in the coming months. Your donation will ensure a month's nutritious food for a child. $13
3. Support one teacher for a month. Your donation will help employ a dedicated and compassionate teacher who will make a difference in the lives of the children $18
4. Buy 400 bricks for a new classroom. Two new classrooms are needed for the upcoming school year. Your donation will make progress toward this goal. $26
5. Buy 10% of a cow. Three more cows are needed to ensure that the children have an adequate source of calcium and protein. $40
6. Rent one acre of land for one year. Kisima is looking for a hand up, not a handout. Two acres of land are needed to grow enough maize to feed the children. Until funds are available to purchase the land they must continue to rent acreage. $108
7. A mattress for one child. A few of the children have the luxury of sleeping on a mattress. The rest must sleep on empty feed sacks on the floor. More mattresses are urgently needed. $9
8. A flock of chickens. Chickens will provide not only eggs and meat for the children but also food for the tilapia growing in the new fish ponds. $18
9. Other urgent needs. Choose the amount of your donation. Kisima has many, many needs. A donation in this category will go toward items such as bookshelves, tables, a water pump for irrigation, or a plow.
Although much has been accomplished at Kisima Academy, there is still much, much more to be done. With the grace of God and your help the children will not only be cared for and educated but also given a chance at a future. Thank you.