We got today our third set of twins in Amecet. The first set are the big boys, left Opio William and Ocen Augustin. That are the boys who came via the hospital, the mother had mental problems and she didn't want the boys. We went to her village, but also the family didn't want the two boys, who are around 2 years old. William was very sick, he also lost one eye, but he recovered very well and the good news is that they will be adopted together in an Ugandan family, very soon!! Then the little baby's, at the front, Apio and Ocen, they are 2 weeks old and lost their mother after being born. The are gaining, at first the boy was bigger than the girl, but he had problems with drinking and now they are almost the same, and the boy is drinking well.
Today we got the third twin, the two in the middle, left is Apio Judith and at the right Ocen Joseph, they are almost 4 months old. They were send to Amecet by the doctor in the HIV clinic from Soroti Hospital. At first we helped them with milk money and porridge, we were too full, but I really felt we should help them by taking the baby's for some time into Amecet. The mother and the two baby's are HIV+ and on ARV's since two weeks. By talking to the mother, we discovered that there were many problems, that her family in the village didn't want her to come and live there etc. Simon went to talk with her sister in Soroti town and her family in the village. He was able to be a mediator between them and they do welcome her back home. The mother agreed and will go back to the village this weekend, she has two older children (7+11 years) who also have to go back to school. We took the baby's into Amecet, to help the mother to stop breastfeeding and to give her a chance to settle and to get a bit stronger. The family is willing to support her, than the twins will go back to the mother, in the village. Taking children into Amecet is not just a matter of filling papers, we do need to know if it is really helping the children and the family.