Today we had to make a lot of changes in Amecet. There was a boy coming, via the HIV clinic from the hospital. We do have empty beds for girls, but not for boys. So we had to move everybody around. The girls are now all in one big room and the empty girls room has become the boys room! Joseph was brought by his two uncles. The doctor from the clinic had told me by phone that Joseph was weak and malnourished. And indeed he is! Joseph is an orphan and lives with his uncle in the village. He is 11 years old and he only weighs 20 kg! My daughter Helen of 6 years, is not very heavy and weighs 21 kg! Joseph has also TB and is taking medication for that, he is also taking ARVs. A sad weak boy, when he walks, he has to support himself, otherwise he might fall. I hope he will pick up and that we see the joy in his face again.
The schools have started again on Monday and all the children are back to school, except Mary Abait, who was operated last week and we had two other children who were sick, so they stayed home, but tomorrow they will go back to school. We also got a new baby girl in Amecet yesterday. Again a sad story, the baby was born at home, around midnight, the placenta didn't come out, the mother passed away because of the bleeding. The baby is called Sarah and she weight 2.7 kg. She is drinking, but not so much, so we feed her every two hours.
We also got the sad news that the mother of Nelson has died, she was to be buried today. Very sad for the family, at the other hand we expected it, she was so very, very sick. We pray that she has found her peace. Nelson is doing very well, he is moving all over the place, smiles a lot and eats very good,
I'll end with this funny picture. When we were moving beds around this morning and cleaning up cupboard's, sorting out clothes and creating space for the children, Helen found this ballet suit. She put it on and was dancing all over the place. It is a pity that there is nothing like a ballet school, she would do well there!