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, May 22, 2011
Plans are progressing for the trip to Kisima next March. There are several medical people who are interested in going so we hope to be able to hold a clinic not only for the children but for the people in the surrounding area as well. We also hope to build a swing set and possibly some other playground equipment. Most of us will work with the children in one way or another. Denise is going to be the musical director and plans not only to teach some songs but to form a kazoo band as well!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
It was an exciting day at Kisima--the girls moved into their new dorm. The children had a very special time with balloons to play with, a DVD to watch, and special treats to eat. They watched the DVD (by the way, it was "Indian in the Cupboard") on Martin's computer. It was the first show they'd ever seen.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The girls at Kisima are so excited! They will be moving into their new dormitory next Saturday, April 2. The building was made possible through the generosity of a grant from the Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Foundation. The money for one dorm was given outright and a challenge matching grant was given for the other. We have several months to gather donations for the boys' dorm at which time the foundation will match what was donated. The boys are very envious of the girls' new quarters and looking forward to when their dorm will be built.
Finishing touches are being put on in the top photo. The second photo shows the dorm in relation to the two classroom blocks. The left side of the building is where the bathing rooms are. In the third photo you can see how the roof is designed to catch rain water. Martin will also run a pipe downhill from the well. Notice how dry it looks there. Everyone there thanks God that the drought is over--the rains came last week.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
There were lots of nice donations at Christmas which enabled Martin to put the finishing touches on the preschool classroom, build four new latrines bringing the number up to the required one per 25 children, and buy many required items like textbooks, chairs, tables, and cooking pots. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the lives of the children better.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
It has been very dry at Kisima. The cows eat nappier grass and there is none to be had. Martin has had to buy feed in Kitale. The dry weather has also made it impossible to plow the fields. Everyone is praying for rain.
The second photo is of the new children at Kisima . The school year started with 20 new children making a total now of 161.