This weekend we were paid a visit by a young lady with her grandmother. Do you recognise her?
Every time we look at her, she puts us in such a state of shock that we have to check with the sisters several times to make sure it is her. LONTIA. Today a healthy girl, full of grace, with mesmerising eyes.
She was born in the 8th month and after a few days she was taken to Kasisi in a state of extreme exhaustion. Lontia’s mother died after a difficult delivery. The father, who was still young and barely making ends meet, was unable to take care of such a small baby. And although our first instinct often triggers immediate thoughts – “What do you mean he left the baby?!”, it was thanks to his decision that the little one was able to survive. Here in Zambia, a single father does not live in communal housing with a monthly allowance. Often it is just a mud hut, with no electricity, no running water and no money to cover basic needs, let alone provide specialist help for a premature baby.
Fortunately, thanks to the sisters and you, Kasisi exists! Here, little darlings like Lontia get everything they need: round-the-clock care by the aunties, proper treatment and food. It is your purchases for the pantry, especially of therapeutic milk, which is still a scarce commodity in the country and which can never be missing from our pantry shelves, that makes us able to fight for every child who sets foot in Kasisi.
Recently, Lontia returned to her family home. All this time her loving grandmother was waiting for her. Of course, we have not ceased providing care for Lontia. We continue to support the grandmother so that she has everything she needs to be able to raise the child. We also regularly provide them with food and clothing.
We truly need you to help us with the grocery shopping for Kasisi. It’s not about big purchases, but small amounts of food products that many people regularly add to the pantry shelves. Thanks to milk, vegetables or even chicken bought every week, every month, MIRACLES happen in Kasisi all the time.
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.