We started the day with the fourth meditation about prayer, today it was intercession. We put it into practise by going into groups of three and intercede for our families. We asked the older ones to take the younger children along and it was just beautiful to see all those small groups spread over the compound, praying for their relatives.
The rest of the morning was filled with one on one talks with the children and the last part of the morning we went into different age groups and they talked in the groups about relationships, the subject of tomorrow. We had to change the programme, because the Probation officer who was suppose to be there, didn't come.
In the afternoon we had the big moment: the handing over of the pediatric HIV clinic we have build for Soroti Hospital. We build the first floor in 2009, but the second floor was needed and the hospital was not able to do it. We got all the finances via the Dutch Foundation de Figurant, they are all donations from individuals and churches and schools. It is amazing that we were able to put up such a nice building, which will be a blessing to the community and in particular the HIV+ children and their families.On the picture above you see all the children sitting, waiting patiently. We were the first to arrive, we all came in the school truck. Most of the children are also patients in this clinic.
I had to say something, explaining how we came to the idea of building the clinic. Behind the table are some doctors sitting and in the middle the guest of Honor, the Mayor of Soroti. Also the nurses and some more doctors and other personnel of the hospital were present.
The children sang a song, together with David (YWAM Soroti staff)
Some more speeches and then the Mayor had to speak, but it started to rain, so everybody jumped up and ran into the clinic, through the back door. I thought it was quite funny. was the clinic now opened or not yet?
This is the front of the clinic, with the ribbon, which had to be cut by the Mayor, but everybody was already in!
They decided that the ribbon should still be cut and the Mayor did that, together with Helen and Joseph, two of our children. Then all the chairs were carried up and we had the end of the meeting (with soda and snack) in the big room upstairs.
And here is Simon, he did so much towards the building of the clinic, he has been running around, moving up and down. He did a great job, all the doctors and hospital officials are talking highly about him.
Eyalama noi Simon, Yoga swam!
We also want to say a big Thank you, to the foundation The Figurant and all the people who have donated towards this beautiful building. Without their help, we could never have done it. All the people who were present this afternoon asked us to thank the people who made this possible, so:
EYALAMA NOI NOI (thank you very, very much)
Everybody enjoyed the day and tomorrow will be the last day of our week. Saturday morning all the children will be going back home.
Congratulations(from Alberta,Canada)to all who made this clinic possible. What a major undertaking. Els, I admire your dedication to the project of providing these children with hope and medical attention. Will keep you and this project in my prayers. Sincerely ThereseReplyDelete