It is not easy t eat spaghetti!! Levi is struggling with it, but he likes it and he just picks it from his legs and puts it in his mouth. Levi is doing well, he is crawling everywhere and he is very cute!!! (read the blog of June 15 and 19).
We got 3 new children this week, the first one was a four year old girl, brought by the police, she was beaten by her auntie and the neighbours brought her to the police. After investigation and talking with several neighbours, the auntie was picked up from the place where she worked, a pre-school in Soroti. They are looking into the family for another member to care for her. It is so sad that this girl has been gone from auntie to auntie and is not treated well. She is not an easy girl, but I think that the circumstances made her the way she is, she must feel that she is a burden to them.
Then John Michel... He was in the therapeutic feeding centre in Soroti hospital, where we go every week to bring porridge flour, sugar and soap. John Michel is around 6 years and lives with his grandmother, but has been more than 6 times admitted in the feeding centre. Every time he goes home fine and then after a short while they come back. We know him, met him many times! The nurse from the feeding centre asked us to come in and help, maybe that would work. John Michel also wanted to come, so on Friday we took him to Amecet. He is severe malnourished, the kind of malnutrition which makes the body swell (kwasiorkor). His hair is white and he is unhappy and has pain. He has a big belly, probably with fluid in it. He is also not very co-operative, he doesn't want to eat or drink, or take medicines, and we are quite tough on him, so today he told us that tomorrow morning he will go back to his grandmother. It is sad to see how weak he is, we have done several blood and stool tests today, not much came out, on Monday we are going to do an ultra sound, the good news is that he is HIV-. This is not an easy case. and he will not go to his grandmother tomorrow!!
And today an 11 year old girl was brought by the police, she was found walking in town. She has been visiting her mother in in Kampala, put on a vehicle to travel back to her grandmother and ended up in Soroti. She should have gone to a little place north of Mbale (2 hours drive from Soroti) She was very scared and had a bad headache. But by the time it was time to go to bed, she was more relaxed and smiled. She speaks a different language, no atesso, but some staff could talk to her and the girls are also nice to her, showing her her bed and helping her. Tomorrow the police will announce it via the radio. So her family can come to pick her.
We are also worried about Joseph, a 12 year old boy in our home. I have written about him several times. He is not doing good, he has probably toxoplasmosis, which gives him convulsion-like movements with his arm and it is very scary for him. Please pray for him.