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!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Amecet has new (farm) land.....

In the blog of March 30th, I wrote about our 3 cows, Betsy, Clara and Daisy, and I shared about our desire to have more income generating activities for Amecet. Today I want to share  about our new land!!!

 This is a picture of the new land, it was still dry, by the time I took this picture. It is not very far, just outside Soroti (direction Lira).  Our plan is to use this land to grow crops, for Amecet, but also to sell. There is also the possibility to keep chickens, for the eggs, or even keep pigs. The cows will go there also in the future, we have now two cows pregnant, so our life stock is growing!! We are so thankful towards the Foundation de Figurant, from the Netherlands, they helped us to purchase this land, with their help, and also many gifts from Dutch people, we were able to pay for this land. 

Everything was paid cash.... On this picture you see Simon and the lawyer counting a part of the money. I felt  a bit nervous, when I got the money from the bank, in a shopping bag, and I brought it with me to the lawyer, where we all had to sign. We had many people involved it this, several family members from the family who sold the land to us, local leaders, a leader of the land committee, someone from YWAM Soroti and Elias, Simon and me. Many signature's were placed on the documents, so we know we are safe....
And on April 30th Amecet became the proud owner of the new Amecet farm land!!!
Now we have to start with the development of this land. The first step is to get a fence around it, because otherwise we will feed all the cows of the neighbourhood with our crops. Then we will grow maize and special grass for the cows. while we make a good plan for the next crop growing.
If anyone of you wants to be involved in this new project, please mail us. We also welcome donations towards the development of the Amecet Farm land....
This is how we get extra food for the cows now... Bosco and Simon went to cut the special grass at the roadside and brought it to the cows to eat. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Children come and go.......

I have been a bit quiet, those last weeks, but there is a lot going on in Amecet. Yesterday a small. new born baby was brought  to Amecet by the Police.
The mother of the baby had knocked somewhere on a door and had asked for some food, after she had eaten, she asked if she could rest a bit, before going on her journey. The lady of the home gave her a mat to rest. The lady went outside and when she came back, the mother was gone and the baby was laying on the mat. She went to the Police and they brought the baby to Amecet. We gave her the name Naome. it is a beautiful little girl, with cute hair and she is probably only 4 days old.. 

Another beautiful baby is baby Jesica. She was born in the early morning of May 9th. Her mother died just after the delivery. When she was brought to Amecet, she was only a few hours old....

In the blog of April 8, I wrote about baby Eliya and how he was brought in Amecet. His mother tried to kill him. He was malnourished, and had wounds in his neck, which were infected. After testing we got the results that he is HIV+ and we started him directly on the ARV's, the medicines which slow down the growth of the HIV virus. This is his picture today, he is doing better, is gaining slowly, and his cough is gone. He is still small and frail, but very cute!!!!

In the last blog, I asked prayers for Betty, pls. keep praying for her!!! It is not going well with her. I was again on Sundays in the clinic with her, for a scan and X-ray. She has now also problems with passing urine.
Here is our naughty, cute Matthew. He came in December 2017 in Amecet. He is HIV+, he was malnourished, sick, had TB and cried so much... Now he is a cute little boy, running around, playing, eating well. He takes his ARV medicines much better and.....he is potty trained!! We are working with the family to re-settle him back with his relatives.
We have now again several toddlers, two were abandoned by their families, but after going to the villages, our social workers have been able to find relatives, who are willing to take care of the children. 

 Today, the grandparents of Mary will come and pick her!! The left picture is made on the day we got her, you can read the story in the blog of February 2. The right picture is how she is today, a beautiful smiling baby. The parents are not together anymore, but the grandparents (father's side) are very willing to raise the little girl. The mother is not able to care for the baby.
Not all children leave with a happy face........ this picture, I took when we brought this girl to another place. later I saw that, when I took the picture, she was crying... She had a terrible story about abuse and other emotional pain. We couldn't help her, only gave her a safe place for some days, so she could rest and relax. We took her somewhere, where they will be more able to help her. But I know I really felt for her. There is so much suffering and so many children have emotional pain, miss a loving and safe home. In Amecet, children cry, when there are 12 baby's, you hear often a baby cry, but the tears of this girl touched me....
As you see, a lot is happening in Amecet, and I thank God we (sometimes) can make a difference!!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Please, pray for Betty...

Betty was in Amecet in 2016, she went back home, very okay. She had gained weight and was doing well. Betty is HIV+. When she came to the last Amun week, she was also sick, we treated her and when she went home she was doing fair. But then in March 2018, we got a phone call from I.D.I. an organization which works in the village, counselling people with HIV. Betty was not doing well, if we could take her back for a while. She came and we saw that she had lost weight. She is 12 years old and her weight is only 18 kg. She is on ARV medicines and anti TB medicines. But since a week is she really sick. We took her to the doctor, also for a scan and for tests, she is vomiting a lot, but lately it looks as if she gives up on life. She doesn't respond much to what we say to her, today she had to go back on IV drip. We are very worried about her....Please join us in prayer for her life....

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our incubator is complete....

We get quite regular, pre-mature baby's. And we were very happy with our simple incubator. It keeps the baby warm and more protected. We got this incubator years ago, in Kampala. I have tried to get the special lamp, which fit on top of the incubator, for baby's with jaundice. I couldn't get it, so when we have baby's who are a bit yellow, we try to lay them in the daylight.
But today we got the lamp. It was send from the Netherlands. Thanks to Trijnie, Klaaske and Marlinde with the Manoah Foundation, together they were able to find the special lamp, which fits on our incubator and they send it to Soroti.
Here you can see the little Gorreti, she is not yellow, but just to see how it would be like. We are so thankful for our friends, who are helping us to help the children!!! Eyalama noi noi noi....

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tracing and Placing.....

This are our two Social Workers, Elias (left) and Simon. They are doing a great job in tracing the families of children, who are abandoned or found in town. They know many people in Soroti, and often they "hear" traces..... If children are found, they hang posters around that place. They talk with people, trying to found out where the child came from. When they have a possibility of knowing where the home is, they go there and they find out the truth. They talk with neighbours and with the local counsellors. And often they "find" the relatives. But not always...... After some time they will find a foster family to care for the child and willing to adopt the child in the future. That foster family comes for interviews and also to the Probation office. After that the family will be visit in the village, to inspect the home by the probation officer and one of our Social Workers.

Simon and Elias are also going to the villages to visit the homes of children who are in Amecet. Last week they went to check on the family of Gorreti and Sam, who are both in Amecet at the moment.
 They talk with the parents, see how they live, if they have land to grow crops, they inspect the home and they try to give advice and to get more understanding about the situation of the family.

 Sometimes they meet the clan leaders and they talk about the child and how to help the child to come back home. On this picture you see them talking about Rebecca, a little girl that came to Amecet, because nobody wanted to care for her. But now, after meeting the clan, it turned out to be different and Rebecca is welcome back in the family.

 This is the family of Matthew, he is also welcomed back in his family. It takes sometimes several visits to the village. But it is so important to know that the child has a place to go back to, after he or she is stable.
Orphans are very vulnerable and sometimes people, even their own relatives, abuse them. It happens that Simon or Elias are called to the village by a concerned family member or neighbour, to help and mediate between the different people. On this picture it was about the cows of one of the orphans, who had been living in Amecet before. He was given back his two cows and Simon was involved in the process.

There are so many situation where they are involved in. They also have a important part to play with the older children in our home. They often sit with them and they talk together. They kind of play the Father role in their life. We thank God for men like Simon and Elias, who play such an important role in Amecet!!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A day full of joy and happyness...

Even it was raining today, it was a very happy day!! Patrick came to visit with his new parents! Patrick was left behind in the evening in Soroti town. (Sept.2017). He was very sick and he spend a couple of nights in my house. he picked up and when you read the blog of Jan.23'18, you can see the big difference. Patrick had always a special place in my heart!  

Patrick is doing so well, he came inside Amecet and the children were just having lunch., he joined them directly. His parents love him!!! They enjoy him and you could really see that Patrick is at ease with them. I love the little rubber boots from Patrick, just like his dad!!

 This morning we had another visitor, Jesica came, together with her parents. Jesica came in Amecet as a small baby, her mother had tried to kill her. And last year she was adopted into a lovely family. She is also doing so well and her parents are so happy with her! What looks like a terrible situation in the beginning, can have a beautiful and happy ending!!!!
 Then Baby Moses was handed over to his new mother by the Probation Officer. Moses was found in January 2018 on the road. In spite of the tracing, the posters we hang, the radio messages and the newspaper ads, his family was never found. Today he was given a new family, his mother is very happy to receive him and we know that he will be loved and cared for! 
Maybe you remember the blog about the little boy, who was left behind in a taxi? (March 20'18) Later, a bag with dirty clothes and a letter found in the taxi. In the letter was written a name and a village. Our social worker (Simon) went searching and he found the family. On this picture Edward (the name used by us) but his real name is Ronald, is handed over to his father. On the background the grandmother, who will care for him and Ronald looks exact like her! Again a story with a happy end.....
 In my last blog I wrote about Gorreti, how we had to take her to the clinic on Sunday. We were even worried that she would die that day! This is a picture from today...... She is doing well, drinking again on her own, so we removed her NG Tube. No more IV medication and IV drips. She is gaining again! So again, a happy end, even she is not completely well.
It is good for everybody to have those happy moments, there are so many sad stories and struggles. It encourages us and we know that there is always hope!!! We thank you all for your prayers and keep praying for us!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Sunday morning in hospitals........(instead of Church)

 Baby Sam was vomiting every time after drinking, We took him for a abdominal scan and they send us to the surgeon, because there was something not right at the stomach, where the pyloric is. The drinking went a bit better, the vomiting was less, but it was still there a bit. The surgeon looked at the scan and the baby and said, let' s do a X-ray with barium. So we called the doctor who does that the best, but he was in Kampala and he told us to come Sunday morning at 10. Mary and I went together with the very hungry baby Sam. He had to drink barium, with a strawberry flavor, he liked it!! Then the X-rays were taken, laying and hanging!! After looking at the X-rays, the doctor told us that it was good, he does not need to be operated!!! We were happy!!!!
We went back to Amecet and checked on Gorreti, who was not well when we left. We decided to take her also to the clinic (another one) for good blood tests and to see the doctor.
 Gorreti is 3 months old, she came to Amecet 6 weeks ago, her weight was 1.4 kg. (6 weeks old)!! She was doing well at first and gained up till 2.2 kg. But then she got sick (last week) we took her to the doctor, she was put on medication, but it doesn't seem to help her. She is dehydrated and she lost weight. I am worried about her, It is only a couple of days since Pauline died....... So we did several blood tests and the doctor examined her. There is an infection, because there is some fever as well. He changed her medication and right now she is on drip, to get some fluids in her. She is so frail and so small......
 There came also a new child on Thursday. His name is Eliya. It is such a sad story, he comes from another district, not so close to Soroti. The Probation officer from that district requested our help. The mother of the 2,5 year old baby boy got a mental problem. She tried to throw the baby into the pit latrine (local toilet) and also tried to strangle him. She also tried to strangle her mother, who helped her caring for the baby. They asked for help to care for the malnourished baby. There were wounds in his neck and he looked miserable. We took him in Amecet and the next day, we went with him to the clinic for tests and examinations. There the HIV tests came out positive. We went with him straight to the hospital, because since some weeks, they can do the DNA test for children at high risk, and they have the result in 2 hours!! With Pauline it was not yet possible, we could do that test only after Pauline was 6 weeks old and then we had to wait 2-3 weeks for the result. Now with Eliya, we got the results 2 hours later and yes he is HIV positive. They gave us ARV medicines for him, so he is now already on the ARV's, we saved a lot of time in the process. It was a lot of running around, but it is worth to do, the children are so vulnerable and depending on us. We are honored to stand in the gab for them. Please help us to pray for Gorreti and Eliya.