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, April 27, 2013

Water supply, crop failure, solar

There are now 125 orphans and 125 community children from very poor families at Kisima.  The water supply from the hand-dug well is not adequate for the increased number of children.  There are regulations governing the digging of bore holes for water and research is being done to see if one is possible.  In the meantime roof catchment and a big water tank are augmenting the supply from the present well.  Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Vienna, Virginia, who donated a large portion of the money for this project and also for upgraded solar power.  Currently if the computers are charged there isn't enough power for lighting at night.

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.