In January 2011, we took three girls back in Amecet, they had all three been before in our home, they went back to their relatives and now we felt that they need more help again. They are all three HIV+ and all three are on ARVs (medicines which slows down the HIV virus). On this pictures you see our three "Musketeers".
Mary is the girl at the right, she is 15 years old and her weight is 25 kg. We took her for a bloodtest to see how her level white bloodcells were, her CD4 was 3, normally it should be above the 500! We think that it was because of the care she received at home, she is an orphan and lives with her grandmother, and the fact that she is not taking her medicines regularly. In the beginning she was weak and sick a lot. But she picked up, in the village Mary didn't go to school very much, but we brought her to our YWAM Harmony primary school. She is now in P2, but she likes it and every morning she is ready, waiting for the schoolbus to pick her. She hardly gets sick now, only some malaria, and she eats very well. We felt that it was not yet time for her to go back home in the village, so we made the plan for her to go to our second home: Amecet n'amun (Shelter of Hope). Here she will get more training to take her medicines every day and she will get the extra care she still needs. Our second home is very near the first home, also on the Lira road, there is one house in between our two homes. We will still see her a lot, because all the medical issues are done out of our first home, Amecet n'ainapakin.
Leaving Amecet, 5 months later, weighing 11 kg. more!!! We have done a new CD4 test, but are still waiting for the results, but I am sure the CD4 count is also up!!!
Arriving in Amun!!
Here she will be sharing her room with two other girls. She will be more independent and will also have more responsebilities. We pray she is doing well and the next step towards her going back to the village is set!
best wishes and succes from Jaap en Martell.