Yesterday , we went for a mouse hunt!! We have a lot of problems with mice in Amecet. In the past we had two cats, but both died. And we had a new one, but the dogs, who are out in the night, killed that one as well. So the mice are celebrating... I even have them in the office, they ate the paper in the printer!! So I set two mice traps and I got two of them!! Yesterday we decided to empty the cupboards in the Internet room, one side is only wardrobes and we have seen some traffic in and out the room. Elias, Calvin and me closed ourselves in the room, covered the opening under the door and emptying the wardrobes. They jumped everywhere!!!! There was a local music instrument laying in the wardrobe, a thumb piano, three mice were hiding in it! We got at least 22 mice and with brooms we hit them.We are going to look for a nice cat, because it is not good to have so may mice in the house.
Today I had to make an emergency call to Elias, he was out, but the water was pouring out, something had broken off and we couldn't stop the water. Elias came very fast and he fixed it, first temporarily, but the he went to town to buy new parts. Then there came two older ladies at the door with a two year old boy. They told us that the boy was called Charles and he had been in Amecet two years ago, when his mother died after giving birth, I checked in our files and yes, the story was true. One year ago the father ran off and now the two ladies were tired of looking after the little boy, who was a very strong, healthy child, and they they wanted to bring him to us while they were going to ask the police to trace for the father. We explained that that is not what we are doing, that they had done a very good job and that they should talk in the clan if they needed help. So they went back home.
The lights went on and off today, we do have solar, but the batteries were not working good, they don't store the solar power anymore, so when the electricity is going off at night, we do have a problem. Thanks to a organization in the Netherlands, Metterdaad, we were able to buy new batteries, and they are fixing them at the moment. We will be able to have solar power again we are very happy with that, to have 8 or 9 baby's and no electricity is not easy, especially when there are sick children among them.
It was a busy day today, I was also quite busy in the office. The government has lots of requests in the way of making reports and gave us new formats, so we have to adjust and change our system again. We got a good assessment report from the Ministry of Gender from Kampala, but there is a lot of administration to do.
It is so good that Anneke, a Dutch retired nurse, is still with us. She keeps an eye on the children and they are all well at the moment. we had a wave of malaria going on, among the staff and the children, but now are most of us okay again!