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 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