James – do you remember how much effort you put in to enable him to study medicine in Poland and successfully complete his first year? For a while we thought there was no point in “torturing” the boy with studies for the next few years and it would be better if he returned to Zambia in peace. And suddenly, when we all wanted to give in, the boy took off. He is making remarkable progress and we can’t believe that after the summer holidays he will be a 5th year medical student. He passed all his exams on the first attempt, now it’s time for the long-awaited hospital placement, about which James wrote to us:
“After yet another unusual academic year, where most of my classes were online, I can finally be in hospital and learn. And I am learning a lot! This year is special for me because I am spending my summer internship in the department of surgery and paediatrics. I can’t even hide my excitement and happiness when I put on my gown and do my morning rounds with the doctors. I learn a great deal from them. Being able to assist with surgeries and to spend time around patients, especially after months of online classes, makes me happy to come to the hospital every day. I am getting closer and closer to realising my dream and I can feel the wind blowing more and more strongly on my wings. Wings that I would never have been able to spread without your help. Thank you once again for making the impossible possible in my life. For making me believe that I can fly, higher and higher with each day.
And we thank you for treating James like your own child from the very beginning, for going out of your way to help him. We have already travelled 2/3 of the way together and now, we are on the final stretch. Therefore we are not reducing the pace and we are still collecting money to put James through another semester. We know that with you by our side we are destined to succeed.
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.