Patrick and Harriet Kaseko and their daughter, Makumba, share a happy home in Zambia.
Patrick and Harriet Kaseko used to live in an unhappy home, but now everything has changed. The couple lives in Kasama community with their three children, including Makumba, who is 24.
In the worst of times, they used violence to discipline their children. They beat them and called them terrible names.
World Vision chose Patrick and Harriet and 43 other couples to participate in Celebrating Families. The couple entered training not knowing what the outcome might be. “We found out that Celebrating Families brings families together,” says Patrick. “Before, there wasn’t communication between children and parents. We realized that children are a gift from God.”
Through the training, Patrick and Harriet learned that abuse was wrong. “We used to discipline them using corporal punishment,” says Patrick. They would flog their children with two to three strokes. “We were so tough in treating our children,” he says.
The couple learned a different way. “We learned from Celebrating Families that there are seeds of goodness in each person,” says Patrick. “Each person is made in the image of God. They are not wild animals. They are human beings who think. After four days, we knew family was important. It is the basis for everything.”
“This workshop helped my husband and I to have a close relationship,” says Harriet. “We are friends. [Now the children] don’t fear us.”
Photo©2015 World Vision, Kari Costanza