The weekend has started, lessons are over, but learning hasn’t stopped at all. Joyce is in the 10th grade, she is always running around. Joyce likes to feel needed and she really is. Today she is studying with Mapalo, helping her with her homework and venturing far beyond the curriculum. Mapalo is of course delighted. Despite her health problems she is very ambitious and overcomes new obstacles all the time. She does not talk, but has mastered sign language in no time. She feels comfortable in a group and learning comes naturally to her. She is in the third grade of a school providing special education. She spends the week at boarding school in Lusaka and the weekends in Kasisi. It is here that she and Joyce catch up with the work, and on Monday she surprises her teachers.
By helping our pupils, we not only allow them to progress in the best schools and live in a safe, happy home, but we also teach them to help each other. In Kasisi, the sisters put the mutual relations between the children at the highest priority. None are weaker or stronger, none better or worse. Everybody has something, nobody has everything. And this is not theory or wishful thinking, it is a fact, which is best illustrated by today’s collaborative learning of Joyce, Mapalo and the other kids whom the older “siblings” have taken into their care.
We hope that Christopher’s death, which was an unexpected tragic event for the whole Kasisi, will kick off a chain reaction of good. Because of this, we started the Christopher Sakala Fund. With this fund, we support children being treated on the oncological ward at the hospital in Lusaka.