Succumbing to superstitious beliefs, people lured Emmanuel into the forest and cut off his index finger. The 12-year-old miraculously escaped with his life. The boy’s parents asked Kasisi for help.
Emmanuel’s family is wonderful and loving. The boy has everything our charges lacked most at home. However, his skin colour is enough to put him in mortal danger.
Physical attacks on people with albinism, especially women and children, are still a big problem in many African countries. They face discrimination and their right to education is restricted due to the lack of teaching conditions for visually impaired children. As a result, the lives of those affected by albinism are a string of constant distress and danger in many African countries. The worst expression of discrimination is dehumanisation: the belief that people with the condition are magical beings or spirits.
Kasisi also protects such children. It gives them not only a sense of security, but the best medical care. We respond to their special needs and help them spread their wings. The best example is Anna Maria. She has been with us for six years. The conditions provided by the sisters turned her into a volcano of energy. She never stops smiling and gets exactly the same opportunities as everyone else in the home.
Emmanuel is still very frightened and withdrawn. He is ashamed of his mutilated hand, hiding it under his jumper. However, we know that in Kasisi everything will change. He will feel accepted and safe. We are looking for a school for him, where he can learn in peace and regain his self-confidence again. Thank you for building this Home with us. Help us build it for Emmanuel too and join us in adopting the boy.
Santa Claus never had it easy in Kasisi 😉 Over 230 children live here. Sister Mariola has already rushed to his aid and is quietly preparing presents!
Many of us still leave a free seat at the Christmas Eve table. Let one of our children sit at it this year (at a distance, but very much for real) and invite them to the table today!