Sponsor a Child
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"The time has come, the time is now, and Kisima Academy is joining the rest of the world to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Kisima children, staff, and my family joined hands together to remember a wonderful moment as it occurs on December 25th every year: Jesus born and crucified because of our sins so that we are saved.
The sermon was presented by Madam Margaret from the book of Luke 2:11-20. The teaching touched the hearts of the children and they counted the blessings from God through our friends from the United States of America. Their lives have changed drastically and we glorify Our Lord. They are able to feed, being taught how to farm and carry out the necessary procedures leading to successful yields. These skills will be advantageous for them when they grow up and after completing their education. As many families travel to various picnic places to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Kisima children move around the school compound and praise the Lord for providing the necessities to them, that is, permanent shelter, clothes, food, and education.
We thank God for making for making, maintaining, uplifting, and sustaining Kisima to the required standards. This becomes practical because of the hearts that God has touched on the behalf of Kisima. I take this chance to appreciate all the prayers, donations, and all the support from our friends, well-wishers, and sponsors for sharing the little they have with the Kisima children. May our Lord God reward them in a mighty way as they continue standing together with Kisima. God bless."
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
1. $10--School supplies for one child.
2. $13--Feed a child for one month. Kisima is able to produce much of its food but there are still items that have to be purchased—for example fruit, millet for porridge, and vegetable oil.
3. $18—A flock of chickens. Currently there are only enough chickens for each child to have an egg every two weeks.
4. $25 for one month or $300 for a year—Sponsor a teacher. So far only two of the teachers have sponsors. Click on "Sponsor an orphan program" at right to see photos of the teachers as well as of the orphans.
5. $35—400 bricks for building a new classroom. A new classroom must be built each year as the children advance in school.
6. $35—Textbooks for one child.
7. $40—10% of a cow. More cows are needed to provide enough milk for the children.
8. $115—A bunk bed plus bedding. Martin has been buying two or three bunk beds at a time as funds have allowed but still many of the children are sleeping on the floor.
9. $240/year—Sponsor a child. A few children have sponsors but there are 92 who are still waiting to hear that someone prays for and cares about them. Click on "Sponsor an orphan program" link at right to see photos.
10. Any amount toward other needs—tables, chairs, bookshelves, cooking pots, school uniforms, sandals, toys, art supplies, seeds, fertilizer, two more latrines, two dormitories, two more tilapia ponds.
Please send your check to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 260 Wade Rd. W., Loudon TN 37774. Include a note with your email address and which gifts you would like to purchase. Thank you so much.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Martin also reported that the maize is drying nicely, the kale and arrowroot are growing, the tilapia doing well, and one of the cows is pregnant. I am so thankful that everything is doing so well after last year's drought and the election violence of 2008. The more money that has to go for food the less money is available for everything else from building supplies to books.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The other buildings that are badly needed are dormitories. Currently 35 girls sleep in the second old mud classroom and 40 boys sleep in the third. The rest of the orphans must sleep at the homes of distant relatives although they are at school from breakfast to dinner.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thanks to the generosity of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church and many friends enough money was wired to build the fifth classroom as well as provide for the children and pay the staff until the next wire transfer in November. Heartfelt thanks on behalf of Martin and the children.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
In better news Martin was able to acquire the acre of land adjoining the school thanks to Shiloh Methodist Church. Kisima really needed the additional land to build more classrooms and a dormitory and for the cows and goats to graze.
Speaking of goats one of them delivered twin kids last week. Martin said that he would like to acquire more goats because they reproduce twice per year and and they require less care than cows. A Christ Our Savior member donated the money for another goat bringing the goat count to six.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
If you are unable to sponsor a child perhaps you would consider a one-time donation. Tax deductible donations may be sent to:
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church
260 Wade Rd. W.
Loudon TN 37774
Please indicate on the check that it is for Kisima.
(click on the photo)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
We toured the area, including the maize fields and the tilapia ponds which are near Martin's house. This was taken near his house looking across the river to Kisima which you can just see in the background.
and witnessed the kids' joy in having new textbooks. Here it's the Class 1 children. Class 4 also got some new textbooks.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
In better news, the vegetables are doing very well, the maize has germinated, the chicken structure is nearly finished, and Martin is planning the goat structure. Kisima is becoming a real farm with the capability of feeding the children a varied and healthy diet.
Monday, March 29, 2010
In very good news, two friends of Barb's donated a goat each. They will be named Cindy and Jeannette after their donors. Wonderful friends!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Great news--Kisima will have two more cows and money toward food and land thanks to Shiloh United Methodist's Endowment Fund. Many, many thanks to them. Likewise many, many thanks to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church for their donation. Kisima has indeed been blessed.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Here is Martin's report of Christmas at Kisima:
"Our Christmas was very nice as we had a humble time with the children; we took the morning breakfast of different taste that is millet porridge with milk and some sugar added in it. We had the several plays, showing the birth of Jesus Christ. The sermon was given by Teacher Margaret. We had a pleasure to visit our fish ponds, whereby the children were so excited to see the fish feeding and hiding when they see any movement of a human body. After some time we went back to our school, where we had lunch that is ugali served with a piece of meat and kales (sukuma wiki). After lunch we had enough moment for story telling up to 4pm when the children went to the field to play. They had to take shower then after they took their super Rice and cabbages."
Normally wire transfers go to Kisima in March, July, and November. However, Kisima was blessed with enough money from the Alternative Gift campaign and several significant donations to warrant an additional transfer. Martin will be able to finish the much-needed fourth classroom as well as buy another cow, chickens, more mattresses, food, school supplies... What a difference all this will make to the lives of the children!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Several other donations will allow Martin to finish the fourth classroom, secure more land rental and buy fertilizer, and buy the other 80% of the cow (thanks, Alexis!).