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, December 22, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
$300 - sponsors a student in preschool thru Class 7 for a year or a Class 8 student for six months
$400 - sponsors a teacher for six months
$600 - sponsors a Class 8 student for a year
$800 - sponsors a teacher for a year
|Kubasa, Karmal – K|
|Renson Karori - preschool|
Saviour Wanyonyi - preschool
Felix Maina - K
Deborah Nyongesa – K
Caren Juma– Class 2
Joel Wanyonyi – 2
Sophy Wanyonyi – 2
Sharon Muyoka – 5
Mike Barasa - 7
Rising to Class 8 – all
need 2nd sponsor
11 teachers – all need
|Brian Simiyu - preschool|
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This is the time of year many sponsors decide on renewing their support for the Academy. Last year, by December, we had every single orphan and teacher sponsored!!! Sponsorship relieves the stress of subsistence for the school directors and we are so thankful for everyone's participation in this great cause!
|Little ones getting every last drop out of an orange slice treat|
The Kenyan school year changes on the calendar year and their "summer break" is in December. Starting in January, we will continue our plans to add a class per year and will start teaching the final grade - Class 8, similar to 8th grade in the states. We have other big plans for 2014. We are starting survey work to drill a borehole that will provide water for both the school and the local community ($41,000). Water is currently provided by a hand-dug well and a roof water catchment that helps a lot in the rainy season. The combination is not sufficient to provide for the year-round needs of the school. We are also planning to build one final classroom in the next few months to allow the preschoolers to be separate from the bigger kids so they can nap without being disturbed by the noisy older kids ($15,000). Lastly, we need to improve sanitation to meet Kenyan school guidelines by building a new set of latrines for the boys ($6750). Please consider additional donations to the general fund to meet these goals.
|Waiting in line to wash hands in a bucket|
Spread the word about Kisima to let others know about us because we do have more orphans than sponsors and we would love to have 100% sponsorship again by December!! The local community has become comfortable with the school and many local impoverished students attend as well. This has led to local leaders spreading the word that orphans can be well cared for and obtain a great education at Kisima Academy. Over the past year, we have enrolled 17 new orphans - six in preschool, four in Kindergarten, one each in 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th and three in grade 7.
|Kids checking out the visitors at a recent visit|
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
There's good news and bad news from Kisima Academy. First the bad news--after no rain all of July it's done nothing but rain since then. A low crop yield at Kisima means more funds have to go to buying maize and beans and less are available for textbooks, supplies, clothes, medicine...
Now the good news: the electrical grid is finally being extended to Kisima! The solar power system has been wonderful for lighting the dorms and classrooms but it doesn't generate enough power to run any machinery or even recharge more than a couple of computers. Having adequate power will open a world of possibilities!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Gerda: A group of 11 of us returned August 12 from a successful and productive trip to Kisima Child Care Academy with a renewed sense of the value and importance of caring for and educating these deserving children. The group included two old friends of mine, two doctors from San Francisco and their daughters, 11 and 13, two people from our church (Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Loudon, Tennessee), and my grandson, 12. The focus of the group was the medical clinic. Although the doctors were pleased by the overall good health of the children, they did see some serious problems, prominent among which was a fast-moving infection in a seven-year-old boy’s leg. Had the doctors not operated the best scenario would have been that he never would have been able to straighten his leg; the worst would have been loss of his leg or his life. What a blessing our timely arrival was.
The rest of us sorted and passed out clothing, did lots of crafts and lessons with the kids, worked with computers, and did what we could to support the medical team. I brought a young friend of mine with us, a soccer player from Nairobi, to coach the soccer team and he was a huge help in all the activities. He even preached a sermon at the Sunday service. The kids who came were a huge help also. You can get a better idea of the activities by checking out the photo album--link on right to August 2013 Visit.
Monday, July 29, 2013
The students and visitors had an awesome time playing with the new jump ropes and balls in their free time.
|Many students received new sweaters to ward off the chill of the coming Winter.|
|Laptop training was very popular !|
|EVERYONE loved having heir photos taken.|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
We’re very happy to announce that we've formed a nonprofit organization to handle the contributions for Kisima Academy. Bright Star Foundation very kindly took us under their wing but it’s now time to go on our own. The name of the new organization is For the Kids International, Inc. and the website is www.forthekidsintl.org. Your donations can now go to the address above. As before be assured that 100% of your contributions will go directly to benefit the children of Kisima.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Crops were planted a few weeks ago. The maize in two of the fields failed (right) hereby the maize in other fields germinated well (below). It's too late to plant more maize so sorghum will be planted among the few stalks that did germinate.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
. .Have a heart for Kisima! The hearts are made at Kazuri, a workshop for disadvantaged women in Nairobi. They train, pay a living wage, and provide medical and child care to the women who work there. I buy the hearts and make them into necklaces. All the proceeds go to Kisima. So their sale benefits both Kazuri and Kisima! They are $20. If you would like one email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This is one spiffy set of latrines! There are three latrines on the opposite side as well making a total of 14 in all. Five years ago there was one.