KASISI IN THE EYE OF SISTER MARIOLA

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Kasisi is my home. I'm happy here. Life has taught me to think about today, the future can be planned, but usually in order to hear God’s laugh. He knows what we need and takes care of us. Kasisi is a place brimming with life, but often it is also a place of suffering and difficult goodbyes to those for whom the time on earth is running out. Death of a child's killing me, but I think that I do not love a child more than God, and it just goes out of my hands into God’s.

Weekday in Kasisi

A day in Kasisi begins with sunrise or just before it, so that after morning toilet, we can greet the dawn and not lose any time of the day. Children get up at five in the morning. They take a bath, get dressed. Mamis help them with their duties in the early morning. They eat breakfast in their small houses. They eat other meals in a common dining hall. The privilege of ending the activity also belongs to the sun. The sun sets at 6 pm and gives a signal that it's time to rest. In Kasisi and in other villages, life comes to a standstill. If there is no light, movement is more difficult and more dangerous. Nature teaches us that darkness has a purpose and the day as well.

To provide children with comfort, so as not to feel that there are 250 of them and that they belong to a huge community, the sisters have divided them into eight groups. They live in houses with their mamis and create a family atmosphere. The youngest, little babies live in the main building, known as the Baby Wing. When they grow up, they get under the wing of Sister Faustyna. Mamis spend a lot of time with children. They play together with them in the playground - the inner orphanage courtyard. Children run around, sing, make noise and learn letters with their carers, colours and Basic English words. Because of their vigour and noisiness, they are called "Tigers". Pre-schoolers go to the kindergarten in a building called the Big Five. When they are five years old, next move is waiting for them. This time, sister Exhilda and sister Mary take care of them in the St. Martin House. The patron of older boys is Don Bosco and for of girls, St. Celestine.

It is important to understand the meaning of Kasisi. It's not just about giving the good to the children who were abandoned by their family, by hugging, giving food and education. The idea here is to teach them that the good is not only for them. Giving good to them, we teach them that they should give the good also to the others. So as they spread their wings, they will be able to find themselves and to notice their needs and surround people in need with care.

House of Hope

This is not a hopeless place, even though those who come here are often hopeless cases. This is the house of hope because hope is often the only thing left. Thanks to the support Kasisi receives, it is becoming a place of real help which can turn this hope in a better tomorrow. The rhythm of the House of Hope is different from those where the rest of the children live. It is adjusted to medication times and recovery. Recently, the House of Hope has served as the infirmary, where only the ones with greatest needs live. And while it is our pride because it has got better equipment than the nearby clinic, it is not a place for show. Sisters restrict access to the House of Hope to visitors, even though the walls, furniture, beds, medicines are impressive - it's not the point. The most important are children. They must be provided with shelter, peace and comfort to deal with their ailments.

Earlier, the House of Hope had more inhabitants, because the children with THE disease were also here. This is what people call HIV in Africa. In order not to create divisions between the better and worse, positive and negative, marked and free they have joined their peers.

In the House of Hope, the day begins at six in the morning. Children get antibiotics and half an hour later, they take HIV medicines. Then they eat breakfast, specifically prepared by the sisters. They make a meal for each child separately, rich and nutritious.

After breakfast it is time for oxygenation, walk and relaxation in the sun. Patients read, draw, write, and watch movies. They don’t waste time. Then they get oxygen and a drip. They eat dinner in their classrooms. Afternoon is the time for visits. After school, friends arrive. About 6:30pm they get medicines, eat dinner and go to bed.

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