Sister Mariola. Extraordinary foster mum of nearly 250 kids. Mother’s Day is her day! It is on her that all our attention, admiration and gratitude is focused today. This extraordinary place on earth would not exist without her and Sisters Marysia, Jańcia and Jolanta, who are by her side in her constant endeavours.
Kasisi is not a place where one spreads one’s arms helplessly at the sight of a sick child discharged from hospital in an agonising state. Sister Mariola does everything to ensure that every moment of the child’s life, no matter how close to death it may be, is filled with life. Here, nobody sits and ponders on how good it would be to give the child at least one meal to satisfy their hunger. The kitchen is in full swing even before sunrise to prepare balanced meals so that our pupils are not only full, but also well nourished. So that they learn better and get sick less often. Work is in full swing in Kasisi from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. When someone falls ill, the lights in the small House of Hope hospital stay on all night. The sisters are building a home here that can bring hope to even those young Zambians who have long since lost it in their lives.
We can see it, you can certainly see it, but most of all it is seen by all the children, who do not call Sister Mariola anything other than “Mummy”. This is even how they signed one of the keys in the bundle she always carries. The one that opens the door to her room. They share their problems with her, they trust her when their health and lives are in her hands. They are grateful when, on entering adulthood, they notice that they do not come from some orphanage, but from a real home that has given them roots and wings.
Dear mummy, thank you for your sisterly tenderness, diligence and wisdom, which ensures that the untapped energy that lies dormant in nearly 250 young Zambians in Kasisi is transformed every day into the strength to finally stand on their own feet. Strong enough to venture into the world and change Zambia, perhaps for generations.
We are here because we want to help, not by trying to replace the Sisters, but by supporting them wisely. Hence we formed Adoptions from the Heart, Shop for Kasisi and the Pantry, where we invite everyone to make a purchase today. This is the best way to thank the Sisters for their dedication and to give them very tangible tools to provide those in our care with exactly what they need.
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.