Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Monday, December 5, 2016

MOVING DAY.....

Yesterday we gathered with the staff in Amecet Home to thank God for this opportunity of renovation. We walked through the rooms asking God to bless all those children who would come and sleep in the beds, all the staff who would work there and all the people who gave and came to help us with this project. We don't want to take it for granted, we are so thankful for all what had been done !!!!!

 
Today was the big moving day.... We have been bringing things over in the days before, and then sometimes you need them again. Like yesterday, i got a phone call from the hospital if we could take a baby in, because the mother had just passed away.. All the intake forms were already gone to Amecet, so I had to get them first, before I drove to the hospital to pick the baby. But today we were able to bring everything back from Amun home to Amecet home. It is only two plots along the road, but still it was a lot of work... On the picture above, Elias and Emmanuel brought 4 baby beds and some minutes later the aunties came walking with the babies, after feeding we could lay them in their beds again, only in a different room...
Calvin brought one of them, just carrying, it didn't fit on the car anymore.....
 The babies were just sleeping on further in their new home, Auntie Barbara is changing a baby.
 This is the girls room, at the moment we have only two bigger girls.
 And that is the boys room! We have at the moment five bigger boys, You can see Jackson there, he tries to hang out with the big boys at times... We got all those beautiful sheets as a gift, Thank you Hannah, it looks really smart!!
And the kitchen is already the place to gather......
 We did do a lot, but the office needs still a lot of work.... we asked the Internet provider to come to change it all back to Amecet Home, but we haven't seen them yet...maybe tomorrow???
And then this room.... we have use it now to bring everything in, which we don't know yet where to put... We are waiting for the carpenter to make an old cupboard fitting in the hall way, so we can store all the puzzles and games and creative things in. We still have work to do... But we had a great day and everybody helped and worked hard, so we will be finishing soon.

It feel really good to be back in Amecet!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Renovation....Excitement....

We have worked again hard in organizing and finishing, and we have now a date that we will be moving: Monday December 5th!!
Maybe some of you are not so interested in renovated rooms, sorry, but I am so excited, when I see the room with little beds, I see babies laying in them and how better and more safer we can work now! So here they are again, pictures of rooms, but I start with the kitchen:

This is such a make-over!!! We have tiles up to the ceiling, easier to clean and it looks so nice and light!! The fridge and the stove will have to come back from Amun, where we use them now, we would love to get a new stove and fridge, then the old ones can go back to Amun house. But for now we will get the old ones back. The staff is also excited, they said, now I want to do the dishes here!  
The furniture is still very okay to use, but after all those years it could use a new layer of varnish. So all the furniture, which has been packed under the car park for more than 2 months, was brought out under the trees to be worked on. While I was busy inside, Cathy was outside, helping the two men with varnishing!!!! She was very proud of her work! During the days is it sunny and hot, everything dries very fast.

Winnie, Barbara and Deborah are organizing the wardrobes in the hallway. We are blessed with many sheets, blankets, covers, towels and other things, this is again an opportunity to organize it better, people who have been with us, know that those wardrobes are always so difficult to keep tidy.... 
But we try it again....... 
 This is the first room which is ready, the beds are even made ready for the babies to lay in. The only thing missing are the mosquito nets, but they are coming... I can get excited when I see this room, thinking about all the little babies we will have sleeping (and crying probably :)) in these beds. The metals on top of the beds are for the nets, we don't have to put hooks in the ceiling, but the net is right on the little bed.
 This afternoon suddenly dark clouds came, so all the chairs which were still a bit wet from the varnish were brought into the house, so they would not get wet. You can see the dining tables at the back and the electrician is repairing some lamps.
This is taken from the other side of the living room and you can see the sofa's, with new covers, which were made by friends from the Dutch team that was here!  O and I can see that the electrician has to hang the lamps on the same height....:) so that are the things we are busy with now....
Will be continued.....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

World Aids Day - Morning Glory children...



Today it is world Aids day, It has become a tradition in Amecet to come together as the whole "Amecet Family" and we remember the children who have gone to Heaven in the last year. I find it always quite emotional, different people talk about the children and we light a candle for each of them. Every year we have children to remember, they were all like the Morning Glory flower, which only bloom for a day, but they are so beautiful..
These pictures are from different years we looked back on their lives and how we enjoyed them, even it was for a short time. Not every child died of HIV/AIDS, we include also the other children, sometimes they were premature babies, for who life was just too much..
Today we decided not to hold our gathering today, we are in the middle of moving back to Amecet Home and so much is going on. I felt that I wanted to honor the children who passed away and remember them on the right way, we always did, so we decided that we postponed this event to maybe next week, when we are back in Amecet and we can do it in the right way. 
But I have been thinking a lot about it today, we see HIV/AIDS every day, we know the battles we have to fight, together with the children. We have lost many battles, but we also won many battles and many children are living a "normal" life, with taking medicines every day. We hear their stories about the stigma other people give them, we see their tears and sometimes we have no words... There are still many battles to fight, but if we can let them feel that they are special and that nobody should look down on them, that they can have a life like everybody else, we have won a lot. I have been thinking a lot today about two girls we lost this year: Norah and Amida, both because of HIV/AIDS. It really affected me and I was sad for several days, you can read the story of Norah in the blogs of March 19 and 20 and I wrote about Amida in the blog of June 22.















Dear Norah and Amida, we have not forgotten you, thank you for your smiles and your jokes! We will meet again.........

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Renovation......almost done.....

When the Dutch team left, Elias and Simon took over to organize the rest of the renovation. we got people to help, but especially Elias worked also a lot in Amect. When I asked Elias, when do you think we can move back???? He said December first....and that is tomorrow......
We don't make it that day, but we are very close in finishing.. I am so excited, it feels at if we get a new Amecet again, a little bit like 15 years ago, when we started Amecet.
 This is the new medical room, new cupboards, which also serve like tables where we can treat the children. The incubator in the corner, the Dutch team was able to repair this. We are busy to organize everything on such a way that we can work smoothly. All the open shelves have gone, because there are always little children who wander into the room and like to disorganize everything and you find it all on the floor. 
It will be so nice to work in this room!! We were cleaning today the floors, I hope we can bring in the beds and the furniture tomorrow. Elias and Emmanuel were scrubbing the floors, I helped a bit with trying to get all the water outside after the scrubbing.
Yesterday Emmanuel organized a special truck with a tank, to empty our septic tank. we have no sewage system here and all the toilets are connected with our septic tank, which was filling up... after 15 years of service! It would be good to do it now, when there are no children around, so yesterday the tank was emptied.
Simon organized the compound, all the pieces of our concrete floor were thrown in the compound, on the "road". It was helping against the mud, when it rains, but it was very  "child unfriendly". Many children walk without slippers so all the sharp stones made it too dangerous. So a truck with maram and it was mixed with a kind of glue (??) and it was to cover the stones. A man with a special machine was picked to make it all smooth and nice.
I will keep you informed of all what is happening, but it will be very nice and i am so thankful to God and to all the people who helped with this big project.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The story of Nathan.....

At the end of July 2016,  the grandmother of Nathan came to Amecet for help. Nathan was one year and 8 months old. But he has some major problems. He can't stand, he can't eat or drink by himself, you can't get contact with him, he looks at you and it seems that he does not register you. The grandmother doesn't know what had happen to him, she told us that the mother has a mental problem and she took off and now she has to care for him, while she has her own baby of 1 year. Nathan was severely malnourished, and it seems that he a brain damage and a form of epilepsy. Quite a list!!!!! We took him to the clinic and he got some medicines to control the small absences of epilepsy. They referred us to the orthopedic doctor, where we went, but he refereed us to the pediatrician. We took him there as well and after a good check up, we were send to the physio therapy centre. And we should feed him well, they thought that after the malnutrition had gone, he would do much better.
To conquer the malnutrition was the least of our problems, Nathan loves to eat, the only way to get his attention was by food or milk. Fore the rest he had no interest, not in people, not in toys... only food. But everybody loves him, he is so content, he is just laying or sitting, playing with his hands and smiling or making noises or waving with his arms or legs..
Here we sit in the Physiotherapy centre in the hospital. we went there several times and they did exercises and showed us how to do it in Amecet. But after some times, they also said that it had no effect on Nathan. He cried a lot and there was no improvement. At first they thought that the malnutrition was the cause of his problems, but now it seems that the brain damage is much worse than they  expected at first. They advised us to make a special C.P. chair (cerebral palsy). 
We drove to Kumi, where the special orthopedic workshop is for those chairs, and they also make artificial feet, legs etc. On the picture you can see how they measure Nathan, while Elias is holding him. They told us that the chair will be ready in one week,(the costs is 25 Euro)!
Simon, our social worker, had promised the grandmother to try to find the father of Nathan, to talk to him and to try to let him help the family a bit. So within this week, Simon started to search and with success!!!!!!
 He didn't talk to the father, but he found the mother.... just at home, where also the grandmother lives. A lot of talking was done, here is the picture of the family, at the right is the grandmother and next to her, is the mother of Nathan, then a smaller sister of the mother and the older brother who is carrying his younger brother. The mother had made up the story, so she would get help... Simon told her that we would have given the same help if she would have be honest.
The mother of Nathan has a small tomato business in the market. It helps with the family income.
 The mother came to Amecet to see Nathan and she has no mental problem at all. here she is feeding Nathan. She was surprised how big he had grown. Since he came to Amecet, he almost gained 4 kg.
 Today we drove back to Kumi, to get the C.P. chair for Nathan. The men adjusted some things but for the rest he was sitting well in the chair.
Nathan will soon, go back to his family, with the chair, I am glad we know the truth now and I believe his mother loves him. For us it is so much easier now to bring him home, knowing that the grandmother is not alone, but that his mother is there as well. We can do much more for Nathan, that is a bit frustrated, but at least Nathan is happy and he will play with his hands and sit in his chair and be with his family!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Our old beds starts their second life.....

 Simon, Calvin and Emmanuel drove yesterday to a health centre in the village to deliver some of our old Amecet beds. We were able to let new beds make for Amecet. Smaller, specially for the babies. Via the District Health Officer we were asked to bring some to Tubur Health centre.
The nurse in charge was happy to receive them, we also gave all the mattresses, which fit the beds. On the top picture, you can see all the beds put together, ready for use....
 They were all brought into the ward, and they will be used for the sick children. There are no children beds in the health centre, so they were very happy with them.
As I wrote in earlier blogs, that we are visiting every week, the mothers with small children in the Soroti prison. We brought 4 beds to the prison, because some of the children are quite big and the beds are also a blessing for them.
The Prison Officer was there to receive them and the mothers were very excited. The children were not yet so sure about it, but they will get used to them.
At the moment there are 12 children in the prison, last week two babies were born. The ladies are then brought to the hospital, but after the delivery, they come back to the prison with their little baby.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How sick can someone be??????

I have seen a lot and heard many bad stories...but this one is a really bad one!! Friday evening the Police brought this little boy to Amecet. Badly wounded, dehydrated, malnourished and anemic. No emotions, they told us the following terrible story: the mother of the boy separated from the father and left, leaving her son behind with the father and the stepmother. What really happened I don't know, or how long it was going on, I don't know, but they told us that the stepmother  had buried the child alive, only the head and the chest were above the soil. This was going on for three days, also the grandmother was involved. At the end a neighbour reported to the Police and they rescued the child and put the stepmother, the father and the grandmother behind bars. The child got first aid in the health centre and then they brought the child to us. We think he must be at least 18 months old.
My heart almost broke, when I saw this little innocent boy. He has big wounds all over his body, but a very deep one on his right foot. We brought him to the Doctor on Saturday morning and he is now on treatment. And a lot of protein rich food, he has edema as well. He needs a lot of care and love, I can not imagine what this child must have felt and experienced..... 
This picture is from this morning (Sunday) you can see a very careful smile....... This brought almost again tears into our eyes. This child needs a lot of prayers, he needs to learn to trust again.... but a careful smile is a good beginning........