What days these have been! In Kasisi, the temperature exceeded the scale on all thermometers. And it’s not because of the hottest month now in Zambia, but because of the festive atmosphere that you have created for children. The whole of Kasisi was bubbling over with Christmas joy!
One of the greatest experiences for the residents of Kasisi is the Christmas procession. In Zambia there is no midnight mass. Instead, on Christmas Eve, children dressed in festive clothing march in procession to the chapel. One of them (with pride, because it is a great honour) carries a statue of the Child Jesus. The children first pray earnestly for all the friends of Kasisi – that is for you, then the statue is placed in the manger and then mass begins with singing carols and dancing.
This year, Patience was awarded this honour. She has been going through a lot of difficulties recently. It was very important to the sisters to make her feel that she was loved and that she was important to the whole home. This moment really lifted her spirits.
The next day is one of the noisiest of the year. After an early lunch, tables are set up in the dining room with cakes, drinks, balloons, hats, and Christmas trumpets. Carols and more danceable music chosen by the older boys is blaring from the speakers. Each child has received their dream gift: the little ones – toy blocks, cars of all kinds, balls to play with and dolls; the older ones – cosmetics, writing utensils and favourite clothes. The kids love this Christmas party – at last they can eat to their heart’s content, have fun, jump around, dance, sing and fool around as much as they want.
These last few days have brought a lot of good. In the evenings, the kids fell asleep exhilarated and full of experiences. Thanks to you! And we – together with the sisters – thank you, because only thanks to you we are able to welcome every child as if they were the most important person in the world, Christmas is with us every day!
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.