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.

Things are going well at Kisima. All students are back in school finishing Term 3 of 2020. The 2021 school year will start next month. Thanks to God there’s still no COVID there. Fewer than one million people have been vaccinated in Kenya so the country has a long way to go before they can relax.

The boys are excited that an addition to their dorm for showers is finally being built. When the new girls’ dorm was built several years ago it was built with full bathrooms but the boys have still been carrying buckets of water for their daily showers.

The whole school is beyond excited about the soccer team. During the pandemic Martin formed a soccer club with not only Kisima boys but also idle community young men with the aim of giving them some focus and purpose. The club is currently leading the county (counties are like our states) league. Congratulations to them! The captain of the team (with the armband in the photo) is Jairus Nato, a Kisima grad and now a college junior studying special education. He travels back to Kisima on the weekends to play in the matches. Jairus was sponsored through high school by Tellico Village Women’s Club and then by me in college. I am very proud of him!

FTKI will pay for any community student to go to the local high school but each year we send two or three promising community kids to boarding high schools and then to college or vocational school. Jairus was one of them. His father died of alcoholism, his mother is destitute, and the kids were farmed out to various neighbors and relatives. Martin chose Jairus as one of the 2018 community student graduates to continue their education. His hope was that Jairus would help his family break the cycle of poverty. He has worked very hard all through school and should have a bright future. It would be wonderful if FTKI could afford to send all students, community kids as well as orphans, to good high schools and to college but we have to prioritize the orphans in our care and we still have a few of them who are not sponsored. Next month when the new school year starts FTKI will be supporting 62 orphans in high schools and 40 in college or vocational school.

Thanks to many generous donors and sponsors much progress has been made at Kisima. However, there are still needs to be met and children who are only partially sponsored. If you would like to help go to the Children Needing Sponsors page of the website Donation information is on the Donate Now page. Remember that 100% of your donation goes directly to Kisima.

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


The lockdown is over in Kenya and COVID-19 is spreading fast. However, they are still isolating at Kisima Academy and the 100 orphans there are still safe and healthy. The kids have been expanding their gardens and growing more kinds of vegetables—kale, cabbage, tomatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, and beans. They will have the satisfaction of seeing the vegetables grow and of seeing their hard work provide more varied and nutritional meals for everyone at the school.

Like many nonprofit organizations we are uncertain of our funding this year. We normally receive significant donations from charitable organizations, for instance from one of our board member’s Rotary Club in Virginia. Here in Tellico Village, Women’s Club normally sponsors a high school girl. These donations have come from fundraisers which will not take place this year. We are praying that our individual sponsors will continue or even increase their level of support.

Gerda Fink