You only need to spend a few moments in Kasisi to see that this extraordinary HOME for children is also a place where young talents are forged.
To our delight, everybody paints in Kasisi, starting with the preschoolers. They love to “help” their older colleagues, embellishing their works with their own touches. This time it was Hilaria who decided that Miniva needed help to finish painting the sky.
Art workshops are more than just painting. It is also an opportunity for children to express their own emotions, especially in the beginning when they come to us feeling withdrawn, closed and scared. Sometimes children come to us and try to work through their trauma with black and grey drawings – like one girl who painted the seat of the car in which she was harmed. Over time, colours and dreams start to appear in the paintings – it’s genuine therapy!
Thanks to these workshops we also discovered that in Kasisi we have a few diamonds in the rough when it comes to painting. The combination of love, safety and the possibility to express oneself triggers a potential in children that was often hidden before they came to Kasisi. This was the case with Judy. All her life she has been viewed by others through the prism of her shortcomings and limitations, yet it was her work that caught everyone’s attention at an exhibition held at the National Gallery in Lusaka a few months ago.
It is thanks to you that we can organise such activities for our children, that we can tell anyone who is willing to ” Grab a canvas, grab some paints, and paint”. You give the children the tools to develop their talents, to discover their potential, but above all you create the space and conditions for dark memories to turn into colourful dreams.
Today, we strongly encourage you to donate some painting supplies for our children! They really do have the power to bring bright colours into their world!
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.