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!

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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Little Pauline has lost her battle....

Last evening at 7.30 pm little Pauline left us to be with Jesus. Her battle against HIV and Pneumonia is over, I believe she is resting in the arms of Jesus.
We had contacted her mother and the mother was with her during the last 2 days, holding her and hoping for the best. We all did, but Pauline was so tired and so weak. She was with us for only 6 weeks. We had started her on the ARV's last week. It was all too much for her..... she was only 2, 5 month old.
The only comfort is that Jesus will care for her now and that there is no more AIDS,  pain, injections or suffering for this precious little girl.

Monday, April 2, 2018

About struggles and victories...

Our struggles and worries are about little Pauline. She came in Amecet around 6 weeks ago. She was, by then, 1 month old. Her mother was very sick and and HIV+. We took Pauline to the doctor, for testing for HIV and she was put on an ARV, while waiting for the results. Pauline was vomiting a lot and had several infection in the time she was in Amecet. Last week we got the test results back and the sad news was that Pauline is HIV+... We took her to the HIV clinic and she was given ARV's, which we started with immediately. This week she lost weight, even while she is drinking enough milk. This morning she suddenly collapsed. Gasping for air, she was put on the oxygen and the Doctor saw her and prescribed medication. She is fighting for her life. We ask your prayers for this  precious little girl........
But now our victories: there were two children picked by their fathers and one by his auntie. All three baby's were taken in Amecet because of the death of their mother after the delivery. They were very small and only 1 or 2 days old. They all did well and were now ready to go back to their families, they will survive the life in the village, they are all three drinking cows milk, so the families can afford to feed them. We mostly start the babies on milk formula, but those tins are so expensive to buy, no family can afford that, so we make sure that all the babies are used to cows milk, before they go home. Today we were extra happy, because all the families came on the appointed time, and we didn't have to trace and call them to come for their child. It is sometimes a real battle to re-settle a child back in his or her family. They want the child to stay in Amecet till they can walk or talk, but we feel it is important for the child to bond with the own relatives, in the family where they belong. So we do all we can to get the baby's back in their families within 2 or 3 months. Only when the baby is not stable yet, we keep the baby longer in Amecet.
But today, we handed 3 baby's back in to the arms of their fathers (and auntie). 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Meet Betsy, Clara and Daisy Amecet.........

May I introduce our 3 Amecet Frisian cows!!!! They are suppose to supply our milk in the future..... As Amecet leadership, we have been looking into generating income activities. We use a lot of money to pay the milk we use daily, so the three cows are the beginning of our income... We shared it with some people and we got the funds to buy the cows and build a stable in the compound of Amun home. This is only for now, the cows Betsy and Clara are pregnant (5+4 months) so our livestock will grow. The extra milk we can sell to a local diary business.

 This is Bosco, (picture above) he takes care of the cows, feed them, cleans the stable and will milk them in the future. Simon is very involved in the whole business, on the picture left,  he is not dressed in his daily Social Worker attire, but he is ready to spray the cows, together with Bosco.
This morning, we took the bigger children to see the cows in Amun. 

We also watched David and Calvin gave the de-worming medicines to 2 of the three watchdogs in Amun. It was easy with the puppy, but our big dog Scooby didn't want the medicines, it was a fight...... Some of the children commented on it, they have also to take their ARV medicines every day, so they told the dog that he shouldn't fight, because it is good for him!!!
We have more plans for the future, to be able to get more income to support our Amecet Ministry. I hope to share about it in the future, for now we are proud of our 3 cows and we hope that they will be a blessing for the Amecet Ministry. Because that is our core business, helping children to shine again!!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Two sick , very small baby's.....

We have two very small baby's, we are a bit worried about. On Feb. 2, I wrote about baby Mary, we got her from the hospital. She was 3 weeks old and her weight was only 1.8 kg. She did well at first, but now she started to get high fevers, some diarrhea. Another very little girl, her mother is HIV+ and very sick, too weak to feed her baby or to care for her. We have brought the little girl to the clinic for testing, but it takes some time to get the results. She is also not doing well and both little girls are on and off on IV fluids and IV medication. On the picture is Deborah, our nurse, connecting the IV fluids again for Pauline. In spite of the IV medication is there still fever...
It is quite busy at the moment, on Friday the Police brought a little girl of maybe 4 years, she was beaten up by her father. Bruises on her face, the father is on the run, the police is looking for him. The girl is now happy, she eats well and loves to play..
Also on Friday, one of the older boys, who was in Amecet before and is in our Harmony school, came very sick asking for help. We took him to the clinic next door, he was prescribed several medicines. But the boy was too weak to go home, so we gave him a bed, and today (Sunday) he is still with us, but he is doing better. He will probably go home tomorrow. Another bigger boy, who also has been in Amecet, came for his ARV medicines in the hospital. We always give him transport money, so we know that they come in time for new medicines. Many of those HIV+ children live with uncles and grandparents, when they have to come for their new medicines, there is not always transport money available for them. We don't want them to miss, so we refund their transport costs. The boy came for the money and went then to town to catch the vehicle, back to his village. But he missed it, they were already gone... So he came back and we gave him also a meal and a bed for the night, he left the next morning.
Simon and Emmanuel went Friday to hang posters in town. In my last blog, I wrote about the boy who was left behind in a taxi. We did radio messages, we placed his picture in the local newspaper and Posters are hanging on several places in town. 
 Yesterday Betty was brought. She has been in Amecet in 2016, went back to her family stable and healthy. Betty is HIV+, but with the ARV's she did well. Yesterday she was brought back by another organization, which works in her village. She lost a lot of weight and is now also on anti TB medication. So we will have her back for some time. She is 13 years old and her weight is 18 kg. Then today, Sunday, a small girl was brought from the village. She is 18 months old and her mother has a mental problem, she refused to feed the baby and wanted to kill her. There was an old lady, who took the baby to care for, but we heard that the lady was drinking a lot and the baby was not cared for. The authorities in the village got concerned and tried to get the relatives to care for her, but nobody wanted this little girl. So they asked our help. Her name is Rebecca and she is a sweet little girl. She is malnourished, but she likes to eat, so that is  a very positive sign. We showered her, fed her and when we lay her in her bed to get some rest, she was not even crying. Most of the children do when they just arrive, everything is new and strange to them, but Rebecca was just laying there and she fell asleep. She is so sweet and cute!
There is a lot going on, please pray for us and all those precious little one's in our care.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Left behind in a taxi.....

I got a phone call from the Police, there was a little boy of maybe 8 months, found in a taxi, left behind by his mother... We went to the Police station and got the little boy. His mother had asked one of the other ladies, sitting in the taxi van, to just hold him, she was going to get something, but she never returned. We got the little boy some hours later, he was hungry and tired, but he didn't cry. it was if he understood that we wanted to help him. Even the first night, he didn't cry. We call him Edward and he is so cute. The first reaction is anger, how can a mother leave her child behind, then you might wonder, what situation is the mother in, how desperate was the mother??
We have done radio messages on the local radio, his picture will come in the local newspaper this week and yesterday, Simon went hanging posters with his picture on some spots where many people pass. Maybe, someone will recognize "Edward"? 
At this moment we have 4 children in Amecet, from  who we don't know any background, no family. We will do all our best in the family tracing, to bring them back where they belong. If that doesn't work out, we will look for a good family for them, to foster and adopt...