We are a family and, as families do, we always share with you the good and the challenging. Today, unfortunately, the news from Kasisi is not the best. The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has spread throughout Zambia, has also reached our home. Of the first 56 tests, 32 were positive! More residents are showing symptoms. It has become difficult to isolate the healthy from the sick, because basically everyone has had contact with the virus. The sisters and staff are also ill.
The first infections probably took place in a nearby school, where more than 100 pupils and teachers became ill. The sisters have reorganized how the home functions: the different age groups eat their meals separately and we are doing everything we can to protect our youngest and weakest residents from the virus.
Fortunately, we were able to visit Kasisi just before the situation there began to deteriorate. We delivered a supply of medicines just in time, but now it is vanishing at a very quick rate. Sister Mariola, who has already recovered, replenishes the supplies on a regular basis. Unfortunately, just before the third wave struck, the prices of some medicines rose by several hundred percent. She is heroically supported in taking care of the sick by Lawson, our nurse, who for several days has not left his post, being by their side day and night. The sisters also have support from Poland. They are in constant contact with a doctor who helps prescribe medication and order tests. Luckily we can do them locally, at the House of Hope hospital in Kasisi.
It is time for a quick response, but you are good at that. Let us send lots of good thoughts and prayers to Kasisi today. Let us commit to helping, because Kasisi needs us to be very close today. We are worried about the sisters, but fortunately, they feel a little better today than they did yesterday. Let’s hope it stays that way. We will of course keep you updated about the situation.
What can you do?
Help us to provide Kasisi with necessary medicines, of which we cannot be short even for a moment now. On the main page we have launched an emergency fundraiser for this purpose. WE THANK YOU for every contribution, every share, every prayer and good thought you send us!
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.