Kisima academy

For people who send Kisima Academy donations directly to FTKI, the address has changed. It is now: FTKI, 6614 Van Winkle Dr., Falls Church, VA 22044.

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

So many blessings at Kisima lately! The greatest of these is water. After many difficulties they finally have a 300-ft. well that produces a reliable, safe supply of water. Next will come the pump and the distribution system to the dorms and kitchen. It will be so wonderful not to carry buckets of water and not to worry about the supply from the shallow wells in the dry season!

Last month Kisima competed in a drama competition and did so well that the judge said they performed more like high school students. They earned first place in modern dance, cultural dance, play performance, a singing game, and choral grade one, and second place in solo performance and narrative performance. Those groups went on to the county level (equivalent to our state level) and from there the cultural dance group will be going to the regional level. Here they are practic-ing:

There was also a track meet recently where two girls quali-fied to progress to the next level. One of the girls is Grace Mo-kaya, sponsored by Sandy Neale. She is third from left in the bottom row. Another girl, Lydia Wanyonyi, far left in the top row, is sponsored by Ron and Karen Uncapher.

Not least of all Kisima performs so well academically that several schools have sent representatives to observe classes and learn from the teachers and directors. One school sent their entire 8th grade plus seven teachers including their Head Teacher. They spent a whole day and went home with new ideas for teaching methods and strategies.

There are six new children needing sponsors and many more who are only partially sponsored. If you would like to help go to the Children Needing Sponsors page of the website www.friendsofkisima to see their photos and backgrounds. Full sponsorship information is on the Donate Now page of the web-site. Please contact me with any questions. Gerda Fink

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


2018 was another successful year at Kisima. Heartfelt thanks go to the sponsors and donors who helped make the care and education of the children possible. Everyone in the Kisima community is deeply appreciative of their support. Last year 75 orphans were cared for and educated, another 170 community students were educated, and 58 Kisima graduates were supported in high schools, most of them in boarding high schools.

In December the exam results were released for primary and secondary school graduates. There was a huge celebration for the record five 8th grade students qualifying for the elite na-tional high schools.

The high school seniors did very well also: our students qualified for universities. These are the first Kisima students to graduate from high school and we’re working at figuring out what’s next for them. Those not going to universities will go to colleges, VO-tech schools, or various training programs. Please pray for guidance as we feel our way forward.

Gerda Fink