During these last days, time seemed to flow more slowly and we commemorated those who had passed away. The children of Kasisi joined the remembrance.
Yesterday, traditionally as every year, after the Requiem mass for all of the residents and friends of Kasisi, the household moved in procession to the nearby cemetery. Not only children lie here (burials began with the beginning of the orphanage, almost a century ago), but also many (not only Polish) missionaries. There was a joint prayer for our deceased loved ones. Each child stood at the grave of someone from Kasisi who is already on the other side, reminding us that we are all still family. The children paused for longer at the graves of Frank and Christopher… The memory of the boys is still very much alive in the hearts of the children.
In Zambia, cemeteries are not particularly visited places. The fear of going to them is still present in the local beliefs. In villages out in the bush, people are buried in places that are later covered with tall grass. After the funeral one does not return to these places, but rather avoids them completely . However, somehow it has come to be that the Kasisi cemetery is seen throughout Zambia as a good place to wait for the resurrection. This doesn’t surprise us, because where can one hope for it more than in a place where, as in Kasisi, there is so much life?
Thanks to you we can observe this great miracle every day in Kasisi – you bring back LIFE to the smallest ones who were deprived of it by poverty, violence, orphanhood and sadness. For the last few days there has also been an ongoing miracle in the lives of Edward, Syndey and little Joseph. The boys are slowly beginning to integrate with their household, and we see more and more smiles on their faces. Today, what they need most are friends ready to support them and surround them with love.
We know that they can always count on you!
Santa Claus never had it easy in Kasisi 😉 Over 230 children live here. Sister Mariola has already rushed to his aid and is quietly preparing presents!
Many of us still leave a free seat at the Christmas Eve table. Let one of our children sit at it this year (at a distance, but very much for real) and invite them to the table today!