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.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Maize shelled

Martin bought tents in order to dry the maize more easily. He shelled it yesterday and got 41 90-kg. bags. This amount of maize will feed the children for five and a half months. After the drought last year and the election violence the year before this harvest is a blessing.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Preschool classroom started

The foundation for the preschool class has been started. Martin has also ordered more bunk beds. The old sign was getting rather shabby so Martin had a new one painted. You might wonder why there are water faucets on the sign. Kisima means "well" in Swahili. Before Kisima's well was dug they had to walk about a mile to a spring for their water. The spring was the only safe water source for about a 1.5-mile radius. We don't stop and realize how fortunate we are to have ready water at the turn of a tap.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I hadn't heard from Martin for some time. Today I got an email saying that the generator is broken. Without the generator he can't charge his computer. Tomorrow he's going into Kitale which is 17 miles away. To get there he calls for a motorcycle to take him to the main road where he catches a bus into town. A broken generator also means no lights at night. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.