The boy was with us practically from birth. Some time ago he went to his family home. In June 2022 he returned to Kasisi.
The boy’s parents, although they initially tried very hard to be able to look after him again, with time they completely forgot about the child and returned to their old and not very responsible ways. Kumbukani did not go to school, he wandered around the streets and ate at the neighbours’. He had had enough. He wanted to return to Kasisi. Back home!
Social workers have visited Kumbukani’s family home several times to get a full picture of the case and to confirm that the boy is suffering and Kasisi’s help is really needed. To no avail. Brave Kumbukani, seeing how long it was all taking, finally took the matter into his own hands. He stormed into the social welfare office, said that he was not a piece of furniture that could be rearranged again and again, that his parents had not given a damn about him for a long time, and that he would not move from the office until someone drove him to Kasisi, because that is where his home was. Social Services decided that what he is asking for will happen. Kubukani is with us in Kasisi. This is his place. This is where he has his corner. He will go to school again and he will feel important.
After returning to Kasisi, the boy has regained his composure. He is happy to be at HOME again. He is in the sixth grade.
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.