You ask in the comments about our special needs children, and we are happy to tell you about them. You will see how much pride you should have in giving them security and a chance for daily therapeutic work and development. Today we will tell you about Amanda and Angela.
Amanda – her smile, probably the biggest in all of Kasisi, lightens all sadness and gloomy faces. She feels exceptional joy from the presence of another human being. Just for being there. The girl came to us at the age of 8, right after her mum died. A few years earlier, her dad had also died. Social services decided that with such a severe cerebral palsy, only in Kasisi would Amanda be able to receive proper care. And they were not wrong! Very quickly you gave the girl a specialised wheelchair that helps her to stay sitting up, with her head in an upright position. For the past three years, she has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation and participating in therapeutic activities. She loves music, playing instruments and recently she has found that drawing and jigsaw puzzles also give her great pleasure. Despite her illness, Amanda understands a lot. During the classes she fights focusedly for every millimetre of free movement, trying to show us that what limits her is only her body. How about helping Amanda and giving her a set of sensory toys or painting supplies?
Angela – no longer a child, but a young lady! But how can it be otherwise when you are a pupil in the first grade! The time spent in the special needs class at the school in Kasisi has helped the girl develop a lot. After school we continue to work with Angela in the general development classes with fine motor skills, hand therapy and exercises to stimulate perception and coordination. The girl has Down’s syndrome. She was abandoned by her mother as a one-year-old child. Fortunately, the wound from this event has long since been healed by Kasisi and its family. The children see Angela as one of them, a great playmate. And we are happy to observe Angela’s passion for all artistic activities. Her favourite activities are accompanying Amanda on the xylophone, singing songs and reciting rhymes. It looks like we have a little star growing up! If you want to give Angela a set of speech therapy toys or an hour of learning to play an instrument, visit Shop for Kasisi!
We hope you can see for yourselves how, thanks to you, children in need of specialist care can not only live, but thrive wonderfully in this life!
It used to be that Kasisi could only afford (both time-wise and financially) for one of the children to go to Lusaka once a week for exercises. Today, it’s the only place in Zambia where ALL the kids in need exercise daily in the physioroom, have classes with teachers, go on walks, and where the other kids learn to look after them.
The sisters and you are truly a mix out of this world!!! You are working miracles. Miracles!!!
The metal cots and worn-out mattresses have lulled generations of Kasisi kids to sleep, but are now in desperate need of replacement.
Our dream is to make the babies’ bedrooms look like a truly homely, safe environment that is associated with warmth. Will you help us make this dream a reality?