This past year has brought significant progress to Kisima thanks to you and a growing number of Friends of Kisima Academy. A seventh grade classroom and six new latrines were completed. Solar power was installed in the classrooms and dormitories to the complete awe and delight of the children. The solar lighting project included sensor lights to aid nighttime access to the latrines.
Of note, seventeen Friends of Kisima visited the academy last March. This was the first time the school had hosted a group of goodwill ambassadors including nurses, former teachers, a veterinarian, and others with open hearts and willing hands.
On the project list for 2013 is a preschool classroom and some "campus housing" for the principal and one or two teachers. Currently the principal is housed in one of the old mud classrooms. The lifespan of the mud buildings is limited and last year the old kitchen washed away in the rainy season. We are looking forward to preventing an emergency housing situation for the staff.
There is still much to be done to help Kisima Academy reach self-sufficiency. There is still ongoing need to buy farmland, livestock and feed, seed, fruit trees, tilapia fingerlings, medical and dental supplies, school supplies, and more. The Friends of Kisima are offering donation holiday gift card inserts again this year. Please consider making a donation to Kisima a part of your gift giving this year. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Please send your donation to Bright Star Foundation, P.O. Box 6747, Kokomo, IN 46904-6747 and indicate that it is for Kisima Academy. Note which gifts you would like and include an e-mail address where your downloadable gift card insert can be sent. Thank you!
1. School supplies for one child $15
Pencils and paper are still basic necessities for students worldwide. Next come rulers, eraser, art supplies and...well, it all adds up. Kisima is a registered Kenyan school and the children take yearly government exams. It is the only school in the area that takes orphans. Its 100 orphans and 120 disadvantaged students from the community are eager learners who would truly appreciate a gift of school supplies.
Kisima Academy has made great progress toward self-sufficiency with its gardens, crops, tilapia fish farm, chickens, and cows. However, there is still a need to supplement the children's diet with fresh fruit and other foodstuffs that are purchased in nearby villages. Your gift to feed a chld for one month will help ensure balanced nutrition.
5. Textbooks for one child
6. Farming supplies
Kisima owns three acres of farmland and leases another two to grow maize and beans. Much of the other acre and a half that Kisima owns are given to gardens. They are able to grow enough to feed the children for about half the year. A gift of farming supplies would help buy seed and fertilizer and hire the labor needed to grow the crops.
7. Soccer equipment
8. Sponsor a child for $240 for a year
9. Sponsor a teacher for $360 for a year