Life’s Work: Chapter 8

Life’s Work: Chapter 8: The dawn has come.

Rabindranath Tagore by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.“Death is not extinguishing the light, it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore.

While in Trinidad, Kazim also attended family events, and took photos and posted on the family genealogy website. He even continued his research into family members and made updates. He returned to New York, USA in April, 2009 and set about assisting his mother to relocate. This exercise continued till the latter part of August, 2009. Kazim then flew to Phoenix, Arizona, USA, to take up residence once more. However, three days later, his mom passed away from a heart attack.

Kazim Abasali mother 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim’s (left) last photo with his mom (right),
a day before he left to take up residence in Phoenix, Arizona.

So, Kazim promptly returned to New York, USA, where church services were held for her. Her body was then flown to Arima, Trinidad, where she was subsequently buried. Kazim traveled to Trinidad with other members of the family for their mom’s interment. There were lot of prayers and support given by family and friends, which will be forever appreciated. Kazim’s sister Asheera Davis, played a major role in arrangements. Gratitude was, and still is, extended to all who gave support.

Kazim Abasali mother 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim’s sister Asheera Davis (right),
next to mother (2nd from right). Mom hours before her passing.

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” – Leo Buscaglia

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran

Kazim stayed awhile in Trinidad to support one another in the family. He returned to New York, USA, and thereafter sought to put the pieces of his life back together. And in December, 2010 he fulfilled an invitation to visit the Seychelles, tropical islands off the east coast of Africa. This Seychelles visit to the home of his sister Moyin, her husband Nichol, was made possible by them and their children Ben and Alicia – Kazim’s nephew and niece.

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My sister Moyin Lesperance

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Nichol Lesperance


Ben and wife Lise



Wherever Kazim’s travels take him, he seeks opportunities to serve. And during his time in the Seychelles, he was introduced to Francoise Gendron-Manley who took his work to a different level. Kazim was looking for a cause dealing with people. However, he was inspired by Francoise’s selfless work caring for stray dogs and cats, with other like-minded souls in the Seychelles. So he decided to support her efforts and her cause.

Seychelles Pet Haven Society 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim (left in photo), with Francoise Gendron-Manley (2nd from right)
and her family in the Seychelles, 2011

Making use of his skills as as a computer specialist, multimedia artist, and website developer, Kazim started a Facebook group to support her work – Seychelles Pet Haven Society Facebook Group

315825_267920456579423_2058109185_nSeychelles Pet Haven Society is home to stray cats and dogs on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles. The person responsible for caring lovingly for these pets is Francoise Gendron-Manley. She has spent much of her adult life caring for these precious companions of ours.

What grew from the absolute love of her childhood pet cat developed into a passion and vocation for her life ahead. She is their protector and provider and goes out of her way to care for these creatures.

Kazim also created a blog Seychelles Pet Haven Society Blog

Kazim continued to support Francoise and encouraged her to form a non-profit foundation for Seychelles Pet Haven Society, which she then formed. Seychelles Pet Haven Society has a bank account to receive international donations for their much needed operations. Any donations will go towards purchase of food and medication for these once homeless pets all over the island. Sincere thanks and appreciation for your support, for it makes a huge difference.

Seychelles Pet Haven Society 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.

Board Members of Seychelles Pet Haven Society
Standing – Francoise Gendron-Manley, Craig Horeau
Sitting – Linda Labrosse, Myriam Horeau, Natalie Horeau, Kalistan Oreddy, Sue Labrosse

Craig Houreau – Board Chairman
Linda Labrosse – Board Secretary
Sue Labrosse – Assistant Board Secretary
Natalie Houreau – Board Treasurer
Francoise Gendron-Manley – Board Member – Manager of Haven
Myriam Houreau – Board Member
Kalistan Oreddy – Board Member
George Seeger – Board Member (not in photo)

Account Name: Seychelles Pet Haven
Account No: 90210200001211
Swift Code: BARBSCSC

Seychelles International Artist 4 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.On February 10, 2011 in Mahe, Seychelles, Kazim gave a presentation concerning his “Empower with Art”, and his charitable work, at the Seychelles Polytechnic Art College.

Seychelles International Artist 3 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim was also featured in Seychelles Daily Sun Newspaper
as an international artist, and a charitable worker.

 London, England vacation 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.

On his way back to New York, USA, Kazim did visit England for a few weeks, where he did some sight-seeing.


He would continue using his skills as a computer specialist, multimedia artist, and website developer, to support another cause in New Jersey, USA.

More Than Friends 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.

Dr. Elise Bourne-Busby, a cancer survivor, teamed up with others to form this group – More Than Friends – a Latino/Caribbean/American Initiative that seeks to strengthen family life and structure through programs that promote health awareness, quality education, community involvement, and economic empowerment. In keeping with their mission to promote good health, they give Caring and Sharing baskets to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and they have created a fund to serve the specific needs of un-insured and under-insured cancer survivors.

More Than Friends 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.

In addition, they hold lots of annual events to support the community. The summer BBQ of 2011, Kazim attended and took photos to help promote and make known their cause. He created a website and blog for the group, which they have now built upon.

Life’s Work: Chapter 9