This week we had 14 students doing their practical from their Child Development course, it is a one year course in childcare, done by an institute in Soroti. The director came to ask if we could allow the students to do the practical time with us. We wanted to help them, but 14 is quite a number. I gave an introduction on Monday and then we divided the students over all our daily shifts. Two are with the night shift, and also three of them will be involved in the supporting duties, like cleaning, laundry and kitchen. We survived the first week!!! One more week to go!
We have had sad news about baby Robert, the baby brother from Charles, who is now in Alabama. Their mother is HIV+, Charles is HIV- and we had hope that also Robert would turn out HIV-, he got the ARV medicine since his birth, after 6 weeks we brought him for the special blood test and this week we got the result: HIV+. He is now on the combination ARV medicines. I feel sad about him. At the moment we wait for another result from baby Cathy, her mother is still in hospital, still unconscious and the prognosis is not very good. We got two other new born baby's whose mothers were also HIV+, when they are 6 weeks old we will take them for the special blood test as well. One of those two, baby Moses, was on IV drip this week, we had him also isolated, because of his infections.
On Wednesday evening, Sarah and Helen came running in:" there is a fire, come quickly" we ran out and we saw high flames, just outside our fence, the flames were higher than the fence and the fire was also quite spread out. I think, the neighbours, had put on fire branches and leaves and just left it to burn. Our fence was almost on fire, so we decided to get buckets with water. So Bieke, Esther and I were running up and down with buckets and we stopped the fire.
Fiona is very sick, she is getting more and more thin. Her mother is there during the days. We don't know how long it will be, her liver is not working anymore, but she has no pain and sleeps a lot. But it takes a lot of our emotions, it brings you to tears, when you see her body and it is hard at times to get contact with her.