- 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, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Today is the 11th wedding anniversary of my right and left hand in Amecet:
Simon and Josephine Orugon!
They have been working with Amecet for many years and Amecet would not be the Amecet it is now, without them. They are a real blessing for the ministry. They have a family with three children and still they have enough love and energy for the children in Amecet!
Dear Josephine and Simon I wish you many happy years together, (and with us!) !!!!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Today we got happy news. We had gone in the last months with three children for a HIV- DNA test. This test is done on baby's, to see if there is any HIV virus in their blood. From the three children whose picture you see below, two of them lost their mother shortly after they were born. And their mothers were HIV+ . The baby's received ARV medicines after their birth, but there is still a chance that they got infected by the HIV virus. The third child's mother was probably HIV+, so we also did a DNA test on him. But today we got the happy news that they are all three HIV NEGATIVE!!!!! We are very happy for them, it will be such a good news to their families! We are thankful that we can laugh with those three baby's, who have now so much more chance for a better future!!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
After every evening meal we sing together. The big drum is played and and we clap, sing and dance! The little children are sitting on the floor or in a little seat and we praise God together for all the good things He had done for us.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
We are celebrating Catherine's life!!!
Monday, June 6, 2011
In the blog of 24/5, I wrote about baby Simon, who was so sick. He has been on IV drip and we had to feed him by a NG tube, he was too weak to suckkle from the bottle. And when a baby weights only 2,5 kg you don't want him to loose much weight! This is a picture from Simon, today! He has put on a little weight, is drinking by himself again and no more diarhea and vomiting or malaria. It is a beautiful little boy!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Our day started with finding my bag laying out in the garden, our dogs had played with it, but how did it came there? Then I remembered that I had found the screens, we have for the windows, standing open the night before. Someone had grapped my bag through the the iron bars, we have in front of our windows. The bag had been empty, so they had thrown it away and the dogs played with it during the night. Half an hour later one staff came in to tell me that they found her bags laying behind the house in the grass. I went there and told them not to touch anything. I called Simon and later that morning he came with the police and their sniffing dog. That was really impressive, the dog sniffed, walked around the fence, out through the open garden of the neighbours to the house behind us. He walked there to our fence, he turned around walked into the house, to a certain room and sat down. His job was over! In the house behind us they keep some children, but there are also some streetkids who sleep there sometimes. There is no supervision and the boys have been coming over the fence to steal from our compound. We have caught them before, taking scraps of metal, but now it became more serious. They know when we are all in the house, before the dogs are out and then they come to roam around. The police and the probation office are involved and they are brought to a remand home in Mbale. The room where the dog went to was the room where they sleep.
The second event this day, were the parcels, I picked from the post office. There was a Dutch girl, Bonnie, who came last year for some months to help us. At the end of her stay, there was a suprise visit from her mother and they asked us if they could help us with something. In several room were the curtains in a very sad state, they said they were going to measure all the rooms and find nice curtain material and make the curtains for us. And in that parcel were all the curtains!!!! We hang them directly and the result is beautiful. Such a blessing for us, you can't find nice children material here in Uganda, we are really grateful for them. I add some pictures of the rooms! Bonnie, Wilma and Oma, one more time: hartelijk bedankt!!!!! Our night duty room, with the new curtains! Esther is preparing the daily medicines for the children.
In this room the toddlers are sleeping. Also with new curtains!!!
There were even new curtains for our office! I think, now I have to clean up my office a bit!!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It is very busy in Amecet, we have so many baby's and quite a number are ill. We have many visits to the clinic next door!
But Joshua is gone home!!! His grandmother, you can see them here on the picture, came to pick him. She was so excited and even Joshua smiled a lot to her. Joshua has been two months with us in Amecet, his mother died after giving birth. He was a healthy baby, and we were happy to have him with us, for that time. The family is now at peace again, after the burial and the mourning time and are also happy to receive Joshua. The grandmother will be the one to help caring for him, but she is still a strong lady. Joshua, we pray that you will be a blessing to your family!
An empty bed, but not for long.......
A new baby girl was brought by her uncle and neighbour. A sad story, That same morning the mother had given birth at home, in the village, a neighbour helped her, but then she started to bleed, they put her on the back of a mototbike and set off to the health centre, on the way she passed away... The father collapsed and had to put on IV drip, so the uncle and the neighbour came with the little girl to Amecet. We took her in, they gave her the name Peace, it is a beautiful little girl and she is drinking well.
Then the next day this little baby was brought, by the father, the uncle and the grandmother. We were full for little baby's, but then I heard the story and saw the back of the baby, I knew we had to take this baby in.
The mother started to have labour pains, the health centre send them to the hospital, there they decided to do a caesarian section on the mother.
The baby came out, but the mother started to bleed and she died without coming out of the narcotics. During the procedure of the caesarian, the doctors cut the little baby in his back. The wound is a little bit infected. The family took the body of the mother and the baby to the village for burial. Then they brought the little boy to us. They call him Yobu (Atesso for Job). We moved some children up and we have still a bed for Yobu. He is put on antibiotica and he is drinking well. So we are going on.... Bringing healing to the children..