Yesterday afternoon the police came to Amecet and asked our help to take three children in. The story was strange, they were left behind by their own mother. She knocked on a door to ask some water to drink. Of course she was offered some water, then she asked the lady of the home if she could get something and leave the three children there on her veranda for some minutes. That was good and the mother left and did not come back. The friendly lady kept the three children for two days, in the hope that the mother would return, but all in vain. So she brought them to the police, because her husband got angry about all the children in his house.
We think the boy would be around 4 or 5 years old, the girl maybe 3 and the baby 4 or 5 months. The boy was bright, he tried to help his sister who was crying, he knew their names and Simon could really talk with him, trying to find things out about his parents. We also found the immunization card of the baby between their clothes. The names of the parents were the same as the boy told us. So Simon went on looking in town, we had some more direction now and we were busy with bathing, feeding and then trying let the children take a nap. After their nap, they felt much better and the older two children played a bit. here you see them, together with Grace, one of our new staff members. Simon found a relative, an uncle, who came with him to see the children. The father was working in the North and came directly travelling to Soroti when he heard of the situation. So by tomorrow the children will be back in their family!
Just to give an update on Catherine. I wrote in an earlier Blog that we went to the eye hospital in Tororo. we had to put drops in her eyes for three days and come back this week on Tuesday. I was really sick of malaria and in no shape to travel to Tororo, Esther, one of our staff offered to go in my place. She went together with Simon and the doctor examined Cathy's eyes and told them that for now, no operation or glasses were needed, but we have to come back for a check up every 6 weeks. So that was good news. At the moment she has malaria, but she is not so sick from it. I have two other little patients, my two puppies! I found two nights ago, one of them really weak and vomiting, no eating at all. I called the vet doctor, who lives nearby, he told me to bring her. In the dark (there was again no electricity) I drove there with the sick puppy and he offered to keep her. and monitor her. I was happy to leave her behind in his good hands. When a puppy is sick, it can go so fast and I would really love to keep those beautiful dogs. The next morning the second one , the same thing, so I brought her as well. The first one had improve a little, so there is hope! I went back in the afternoon, with some of the children. They wanted to see the "dog hospital", and they were disappointed, it looked like a normal house , they said! I hope I can pick them again today. But I know without the vet, they would not have made it, he gave them even IV fluids and injections to stop the vomiting.