In 1926 the Dominican Sisters founded Kasisi Orphanage. Two years
later they handed it over to the Little Servants of Mary Immaculate,
a Polish Catholic order. Since then, it has grown to be the largest
and best known Orphanage in Zambia. In 2002 the name was changed
into Kasisi Children’s Home.
the moment, the children’s home has a separate wing for babies and
younger children, a small house for older girls, a street kids house
and two wings for children who are infected with HIV/AIDS, namely
The House of Hope and Martin’s Room. Seven Polish Sisters, eight
Zambian Sisters and about fifty Zambian Housemothers run the
The children’s home is situated 37km from Lusaka main city and 7km
from the airport out in the countryside.
Kasisi Children’s Home is funded purely via donations from
individuals and organisations throughout the world. Kasisi has no
access to any central funding.
The mission of the children’s home is to provide the children with
basic needs, spiritual care, love and protection, and to ensure that
these children will be self-supporting once they reach adulthood.
All the children of school age go to school and after secondary
school Kasisi supports them in further education or in finding a
How the Children Find Themselves at Kasisi
The children are brought in from all the provinces of Zambia.
These children are sometimes referred by the Social Welfare Society,
police victim support unit, refugee centres, hospitals, and the
streets and from the communities.
Facilities at Kasisi
The home has 230 orphaned children of which 60 are living with the
virus of HIV and 40 are already receiving the ARVs. Kasisi is
divided into four areas, a wing for babies and younger children, a
house for older girls, a street kids house and two wings for
children who are infected with HIV/AIDS.There are also a pre-school;
two play grounds, gardens and a classroom, a library and a small
As the family is the best place for a child, Kasisi tries to find
solutions to reunite the children back with members of their
extended family and continues to support them with some their basic
needs. We have 33 children who have been discharged in the last year
but are still getting support from the children’s home.
The Children’s home has two play grounds, we have got the main
playing ground where all the children gather and play all sorts of
games and a smaller play ground for smaller children that is the
pre-schools and the like. So any items that can be used for these
children will be appreciated.
Currently, the youngest child at Kasisi arrived when he was 4 days
old although sometimes they arrive at a day old. At the moment the
children’s home has:
97 boys and girls aged 0 to 5yrs old.
15 boys and girls aged 5yrs to 7yrs in the Pre School.
97 boys and girls aged 7yrs to 15 yrs old who go to Kasisi basic
school in grades 1 –7.
32 boys and girls aged 16yrs to 22 yrs who go to different secondary
boarding schools around Zambia.
5 college/university students of which two are studying in England,
the other three are at colleges in Zambia.
The children’s home also has a small clinic, which is managed by two
nurses, and doctors from The Coptic Church Hospital who come to
review the children on monthly basis. Children who get sick are
treated within the home and serious cases are always referred to the
We are always in need of drugs, eg Antibiotics Syrups, multivitamins
both syrups and tablets,. And surgical consumables e.g.-I.V Cannula,
needles size 23g, syringes 2mls, 5mls,and 10mls, Oral Dehydration
Salts, examination gloves, cotton wool etc etc.
And any other medical supplies that you have will be of great help.
We will always be grateful for anything that can be given to our
children and this includes the following items:
Diapers and plastic pants
Shoes for both babies and older children
Clothes of any kind for the ages mentioned above
Bags for school and travelling to boarding schools
Books exercise and reading Materials
Beddings for both babies and older Children