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, July 14, 2012

August 19, 2011 Maize and millet

Kisima is blessed by being in a fertile area of Kenya, unlike the north which borders on Ethiopia  and  the east which borders on Somalia.  It's in the far west, not far from the Ugandan border.  So far this year the rains have been good and the maize fields should produce a good crop. Kisima owns one acre and leases two acres to grow maize which is a staple food for Kenyans along with beans.  For most lunches and dinners they eat githeri, a mixture of maize and beans. Usually some kale is added.  The three acres should be sufficient to feed the children for about half the year.  Eventually some more acreage is needed.  The current priority is for a new kitchen (see photo from June 1).  The present kitchen, an old mud structure, is collapsing from all the rain a couple of months ago.  A new one is badly needed.  Martin also grows millet for the children's breakfast porridge and that crop was just harvested last week.

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