Do you know how to play the lollipop game?
The children sing a song and at whichever child the song ends, they have to say how many lollipops they want. Then the children have to shake hands the same number of times in turn. This game reigns supreme at Edmund’s House and really quickly teaches the little children at Kasisi to count! Since the weather has been spotty, the children enjoy playing in the garden whenever the sun comes out from behind the clouds.
The girls at Martin’s House, while waiting to go to school, play such imaginative games that we are unable to pronounce their names. I guess we are the ones who could use some Nyanja lessons.
The older boys help with all the garden work after school and the girls look after the younger children. We are impressed with the bond that has developed between Blessing and Jacob – the boy is making great progress in learning to walk properly.
Matthew has just started eighth grade and his favorite subject is still English. Despite his young age, he already knows what he wants to be in the future. A priest!
What particularly touches us is his empathy – the boy does not need to take any medication, yet he patiently waits in line for it with his friends, simply keeping them company.
Apart from the huge support provided by Matthew’s friendship and open heart, our children need basic medication, tests and vitamins. Especially now that the weather has not been very good.
It is thanks to you that we are able to provide our hospital with the most necessary equipment – from plasters for scraped knees to medicines for malaria and truly life-saving equipment. Thanks to the renovation we carried out at House of Hope, this invaluable place in Kasisi does not resemble a crude hospital, but a cosy home where children recover and feel comfortable. Can you find 18 PLN in your pocket today for vitamins and minerals that will help young bodies quickly fight off any illness?
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.