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.

As the year comes to an end I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the COS members who support Kisima Academy’s mission to care for and educate orphans. They are truly heeding the directive to “care for the widows and orphans in their distress” (James 1:27) Two of the 15 teachers and 22 orphans from primary school to college age are partially or fully sponsored by COS members. What a blessing to these children and young adults who would otherwise be living in difficult circumstances and unable to go to school. Kisima rescued them from exploitive or abusive relatives or from the streets and gives them a home and a caring, Christian education through primary school. From there Kisima sends them to board-ing high schools and then to college or technical school so that they can break the cycle of poverty and be fully prepared to be productive members of society. Currently there are 29 primary school orphans at Ki-sima and we support 63 Kisima graduates in various high schools and 40 in colleges or technical schools. Kisima also educates 250 underprivileged community children whose families pay a minimal amount--much less than in other schools.

If you would like to help by partially or fully sponsoring a deserving child or by making a donation you can find information at Partial sponsorship is $300/year or $25/month. Full sponsorship depends on the grade level. Of particular need now are sponsorships for the college students. Costs have gone up dra-matically and very few of the college students are fully spon-sored.

Martin recently sent photos of 4th graders enjoying a music lesson. It looks like they’re really having fun!

After another COVID hiatus the soccer club is back in action. They continue to do well and will be competing in the league two-day quarter finals. The whole school will be cheering them on!

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


The pandemic is of course still having a huge impact on all lives in Kenya. Thanks to God there are still no cases at Kisima. The new school year for primary and secondary schools started at the end of July, six months late. It will take some time to catch up. Colleges have been able to maintain their normal schedule since they were able to continue online throughout the closures.

The Kisima students have still been able to have fun at intramural games that were held at the end of the last term.

The Kisima Football Club, made up of Kisima graduates and local youth, has been doing extremely well. They’ve been winning all their matches since spring and are leading in their league.

About three years ago the cook died, leaving two families. It’s still not unusual for a man to have more than one wife in the rural areas. One wife and children were able to continue life without his support but the other wife was an alcoholic who cared little for their chil-dren. Tracy and Blessing were much better off and happier coming to live at Kisima. Last month the mother died. Martin’s wife, Margaret, and three of the teachers took the girls, now in 5th and 7th grades, to the funeral. Immediately afterward the two sides of the family began fighting over the girls. The mother’s family wanted them back but a neighbor took Mar-garet aside and said that that family planned to farm the girls out as household help, pocketing their wages for themselves. As the arguments between the two sides continued, Margaret and the teachers sneaked the girls away back to Kisima where they are still safely living and continuing their education. Thank God for Martin and Margaret’s care and concern!

Gerda Fink