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.

Kisima Academy has indeed been blessed from the beginning when Martin and Margaret started by taking in 83 orphans pre-K to Grade 2. Now those Grade 2 orphans plus others who have joined along the way are starting universities and polytechnics. From those 83 orphans we are now supporting 129 orphans at Kisima in boarding high schools and in colleges. Additionally, 200 impoverished community students are educated and given scholarships to attend local high schools when they graduate. Three mud classrooms and children sleeping four to a blanket on dirt floors have expanded to many brick buildings: eleven classrooms, boys’ and girls’ dorms, a dining hall, and a nearly completed computer classroom/library. Four years ago the electrical grid did not extend to their rural area; now they have electricity and a recently installed satellite internet connection. Kisima is not in the COS budget but COS members have been faithful and generous supporters. Twenty children and three teachers are sponsored by COS members. Many, many thanks to them and to other donors!

A greenhouse was recently constructed. Very little can grow without irrigation during the hot, dry season of December to February. Some plants, like tomatoes, can’t survive at all. The sixth graders planted tomatoes in the greenhouse where they can be watered and protected from the direct sun. Excess tomatoes will be sold to generate income.

The badly deteriorated mud classrooms finally were demolished to make way for the computer classroom/library. Computer access will deliver the students firmly into the 21st century.

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.


In Kenya, as in the rest of the world, all focus is on coronavirus. Director Martin writes that people are to practice handwashing, sanitizing, and social distancing, though only at three ft. There is a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Only essential stores and businesses are open. There have been 225 cases and ten deaths in Kenya but with the first cases in mid-March the government closed all primary and secondary schools. Colleges, however, were only closed on March 28.

Traveling from towns to rural areas or across county (state) lines is not allowed. Village elders and “nyumba kumi” (leaders in charge of ten households) have been told to be on the lookout for anyone with symptoms. There is a free number to call when the virus is suspected. An ambulance transports them to the nearest health facility. Diagnosed cases are flown to Nairobi for treatment and quarantine. If it be-comes necessary two boarding schools in each county have been designated as quarantine centers. The courts are closed so police are not allowed to arrest anyone. Instead they are to “hurt people.”

Closing the schools meant that only the orphans remain at Kisima. Resident orphans number 42 but with the influx of the 58 high school orphans and then the 28 college orphans social distancing was difficult. With the help of the local administration some Kisima orphans were sent to stay with known relatives. Martin does check in with them regularly by phone.

The teachers also went home but are taking turns being in the school two at a time. Before they report they visit a health facility to be checked. Martin invited a health officer to come and take temperatures and also to instruct students on hand washing and social distancing. Thanks to God they are all healthy so far. Please pray for their continued health and safety. Martin does hold sessions to pray for the country and the world but they maintain social distance in the dining/assembly hall.

Gerda Fink