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!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

And again, another adoption.......

 Today Emmanuel went to his new parents!!! 

Emmanuel was born on 25th of May 2017. He was left at the side of the road. We don't know the situation, but to lay a new born baby at the side of the road....you must be very desperate!!
The Police brought the baby to Amecet, they tried  to investigate, but they found no relative of the baby. We also went to the area and asked around, his picture went in the local newspaper, but all in vain, nobody came forward. So Emmanuel was in Amecet and we got the permission from the police and the Probation office, to look for a family for him. And we found a lovely couple, who were so excited to get Emmanuel in their family. After all the paper work and inspection of their home and interviews, the court gave them their Care order, to foster Emmanuel for one year, after that they will adopt him. The baby got the name: Emmanuel, God is with us. For sure we can see God's hand in Emmanuel's life. He will be loved and cared for......`

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Two boys went home........







The difference between these two pictures are 2 months and 5 kg!! William came in Amecet because he was malnourished. He was cared for by his grandparents, but this was not going well, William amused us, he is a master in getting himself dirty, first thing in the morning, after his bath...
As you can see on this picture. I don't know how many times he got a bath per day... He gained 5 kg. in two months. Loves to play and he was ready to go back home. But back to his grandparents would not help him, he would be back soon, in his old state. So our Social workers, Elias and Simon went to look for his parents, who were separated. They found the father and he was willing to take him into his (new) family. Today, it was a good reunion for the two, and his father took him home!

The second boy who went home is a different story,  this is Moses, i have been writing about him several times (see the blog of  30/6, 6/7, 13/7 and 31/7) He came into Amecet very weak and sick. We took him to different places for tests and consults from the doctors. At first he started very well, he ate good and he started to gain weight. He even went to pre-school, but then he started to change, he didn't want to eat anymore, he didn't want to take his medicines, he was against everything, he only wanted to do his own thing. Sleeping during the day and sitting up at night etc... We also had the feeling that he was homesick.. We decided to bring him home for 2 weeks. So here he stands, ready to go to his mother, very happy with his nice clothes and his shoes (very important for him) and his schoolbag. Please pray for Moses, that this visit home will do him good, that he will take his medicines and that he will eat!!!!!!
It is hard to let him go home this way, but we have to think what is the best for him, we tried, but it had not much effect... The relatives were happy to see him, they said they saw a big change.....???

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CELEBRATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

 Today, two children were given to their new, forever families!! They were handed over to the new parents by the Probation officer, reason to celebrate!! The families have been visited in their homes, their places were inspected, papers were filled and the Magistrate gave them the care order, to foster their new child. The real adoption will be in one year time.
 Jackson was more than 2 years with us, he became three years in August. We tried to resettle him with his grandparents, but it was all in vain. Now he is taken in this beautiful family and he has even a baby sister, Emma! His new parents work as missionaries in the North of Uganda. We are so happy for them!!!
The second child is Grace, she was resettled back with her relatives, but we had to go back to pick her again. It didn't go well. But also a family stood up for her!! Both of her parents are teachers, so she is at the right place for her education!! She will be loved and cared for and she is very wanted in her new family!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Some updates on the children...

It is still holiday, but the children play well together, they have their holiday packet and they have fun together... We still have an (almost) full house, with lots of baby's. Some have gone home, but there are others who filled the beds again...
Today we said goodbye to one of the two sets of twins (blog of July 6) Last week Rose and Michel went home and today Suleiman and Rashid left us. Are they not beautiful little men!!!  It is a joy for us to give two healthy baby's back to the family. The children are going back to their own people (and we have two free beds :))
In my last blog  of September 3, I wrote about Patrick, a little boy who was found in Soroti town, we have been busy with him, his hand was very swollen after an IV injection, and the swelling only increased, it was very painful for him. But today he is very much improved, he can smile, walk a bit and the swelling is gone. We only heard that he has a heart problem and we were advised to go to the heart institute in Kampala.
This is William, a boy who enjoys life!!!! Playing in the mud is his favorite game and we have had some rain lately, so he does enjoys that! We are trying to find his parents, William came in Amecet, malnourished, he was with his grandparents, but he can't go back there, he would end up the same...Now we are searching for his parents, they are separated. We hope that they can help William.
In the blog of August 15, I wrote about the 3 mini baby's, all three do well, they are growing and well on their way to the 3 kg. We are thankful for that!
In the blogs of August 11 and August 22, I wrote about Michel. He is operated and walks around now with big metal screws in his leg. last week we went back to the doctor and we had to make an X-ray. We were very curious how it was going  with the growth of the bone. The Doctor was very content, there is new bone growing and the bones are in the right position. So he walks all over the compound with his crutches and is doing great!!
 We ask your prayers for Moses (blog of July 31) at first he did well, then he just didn't want to eat he lost weight and we even had to give him a NG tube, that helped a little time, but now he is just dropping again. It is hard to see it, we are trying all we know and can.......
Then I end this blog with some exciting news, we are working with several families who want to adopt one of the children. There are several children who don't have a home to go back to, because they were abandoned and we failed to find any relatives or the relatives can not or do not want to care for them anymore. We were able to find a family for three children..... I will share more when everything is cleared with the Probation officer and the court!!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

(almost) Full house....

 When we renovated and we ordered the new beds to be made, we made 20 small beds and 8 toddler's beds. We have 8 small beds in the first baby room, where we keep the smallest, just new born baby's. Then we have 12 small beds in the middle room, where the bigger baby's are sleeping. I never thought all those beds would be occupied at one time..... But it is.... This picture is from the middle room, and there are 12 baby's sleeping in them... In the room for the small baby's, we have one empty bed. And from the 8 beds in the toddler's room are 5 beds occupied. At the moment we have 19 baby's, 5 toddler's and 5 bigger children: that is 29 in total!!! I think it is the most we have had ever at one time..

This week Lazarus was picked by his auntie, he had stayed with us for 2,5 month. And he is a healthy cute, handsome looking boy!! His mother passes away after the delivery and now his auntie will take him in! We were happy to release him, back to his family, it also created a new place, but as one left, we got three new children in Amecet, this week. Two baby's of 1 and 3 months old. One of them lost her mother and the other one, his mother had a mental problem and the child was in danger. 

The third new child was a small, sad boy, he was brought by the Police on Saturday morning. He was found on Friday evening, abandoned in Soroti town, at around 10-11 pm. He spend that night in the Police station and the following morning they brought him to Amecet.His health is in a bad state, he is malnourished, has oedema and looks so sad. Who can leave a little boy like that in town, at night??










We also do have good news!! Look at those two little ladies, left is Jennifer and right is Maliamu. They were both really struggling with their health, they didn't want to eat, they were loosing weight and we almost were giving up. Jennifer has been long with us, we didn't know what to do or how to get her eating. The last thing we had left was a NG tube. So we put the tube in, what was a dramatic event for Jennifer. We started to give her special feeding by tube, next to the normal feeding by mouth. And it worked!!!! Her weight was today 21 kg!!! 6 weeks ago her weight was 14 kg..... Maliamu gained this week also 1,5 kg!! So the girls are our heroes today!!! We have some children due for going home, they are stable and ready for the village life. We do have problems sometimes, to give them back to their families, they often ask for extra time...but at this moment we do need empty beds again, in case new children will come....

Friday, August 25, 2017

Be creative.....

Today we decided to paint chairs... Our old wooden chairs had almost all collapsed, so it was time for some new ones. They make those chairs locally and it is nice to give them some colors together with the children.

They could do what they wanted and it was fun to see them working hard and creative!  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It is Holiday!!!!

 It is 3 weeks holiday and we are so mean, we bought holiday packets for the bigger children, to work a bit during the vacation! They were very excited and several went with me in the car to buy them in town. They do need a lot of help, many of them are behind, due to sickness or not being encouraged to learn and to go to school. If we have older children in Amecet we bring them to school as soon as they can physically, handle it. We do feel that education is a tool to come out of the circle of being stigmatized and poverty.
  We have 3 children in Nursery school, Moses, Jackson and Ruth (daughter of our staff Dominique) Jackson is trying to match the shapes and to count. 
 Jennifer has not been to school yet, she is 9 years. She has been sick a lot and we had to feed her via a NG tube. But she is gaining now!!!! We gave her the packet for P1, but I think that might be even to hard for her. We try to find the things she can do. She is very happy to be part of this. And that is also important.....
 Michel is most of the time outside, laying on a mattress, he can't play since he has the metal pins in his leg (read the last blogs). He has been for a very short time in P1. So we got him also a P1 package, it is very hard for him. But just trying is good, slowly, every  day a little bit.
Maliamu is not very long with us, she did very well and she wanted to go to school., We agreed for half days, but after 4 days she got sick and a lot of pain in the chest. We took her to the doctor and different tests and X ray. She started anti TB medication, a part of her lung had collapsed. We are now 3 weeks further and it is a joy to see her sitting at the table, trying to work a bit in her P4 package.  
Here are Jennifer, Cathy (my daughter) and Kenneth working. Cathy is in P2 and Kenneth in P4. We plan to have every morning some time, after snack time, to work with the holiday packages. The children are (still) very enthusiastic and it will be good for their performance in school.
We are quite full in Amecet, I am writing a lot about the babies, but also the bigger children are there! And they need attention, love and care as well!!