Kisima academy

Kisima Academy, a mission of COS, is a Christian orphanage and school in rural western Kenya.

It’s December—a time to look back and review the blessings of the year. This year at Kisima the new girls’ dorm, including two private rooms for female teachers, was completed and furnished, and construction of a permanent water supply (borehole) with plans for elevated storage tanks was started.

Most of all 81 orphans were cared for and educated. Another 218 community students were educated, and 52 Kisima graduates were supported in high schools. Heartfelt thanks to sponsors and donors who helped make the care and education of the children and the progress possible. Everyone in Kisima community is deeply appreciative of their support. COS members sponsor 22 orphans and teachers. Their photos are on the Kisima bulletin board in the CMC.

There are seven children with no sponsors and many more who are partially sponsored. These are all children who would have had no chance at an education before coming to Kisima. Photos and histories are on the Kisima website under the Children Needing Sponsors menu item. Please contact me if you are interested in being a blessing to a child and letting him or her know that there is someone who cares about them and prays for them. Gerda Fink

Gerda Fink, COS Kisima Committee Chair-person,, on Facebook at Friends of Kisima Academy.


The focus of all attention in Kenya recently has been the national election. Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the first President of Kenya and member of the majority Kikuyu tribe, won a second term as President. The results are being disputed by his opponent, Raila Odinga, member of the Luo (second largest) tribe. The violence following the 2007 election resulted in 1200 people killed and was the cause of death of the parents of most of the Kisima orphans. When I visited before the 2012 election people were determined not to repeat the violence of 2007. However, this year there were again rumblings and as of today (August 15) there has been some rioting in Nairobi and Kisumu (the Odinga stronghold) and 24 people have been killed. Thank God Kisima is in a safe area and they are able to go about their daily activities as usual.

Here are a couple of photos of the new girls’ dorm. I wonder if the girls had a hand in the color selection!

You can’t imagine the excitement over having flush toilets and piped water to sinks and showers--improvements unheard of in this rural area.

Exciting news—we now have a Kisima Academy website: There you can find a photo album of the students under Photo Gallery, some photos of the August trip, background information and so on. Check it out!  

Gently used athletic shoes are needed for Kisima Academy. 

If you or your children/grandchildren have some to donate the children and teachers at Kisima would be very grateful. Please keep it in mind over the next few months—any time before early May is good. Bring them to church or call the Church for a pickup. Thank you!