In my last blog I wrote about William and how excited we were that he was pooping again, however, things are not going well with him, yes, he started to drink again, but on Thursday it went worse again. We had to put him back on IV fluids and stop all oral feeding, he is vomiting poop again. And he is also still pooping a bit. The doctor came again and we have to just observe, he is still on IV medication. He has pain, cries a lot and we can't do much for him. We really feel sad about him, but we don't give up! So please stand with us in prayers.
Then, at the same time we have 31 people staying in our Amun home. 10 youth came from Jinja to join, 13 youth from Soroti and 7 staff members. They are doing a training as youth leaders and they have had a wonderful week. The two groups of youth blended in so well, they all became good friends. And for me it is such an encouragement. Look at the picture above, are they not beautiful people?? This are not the leaders of tomorrow, but already of TODAY! This are all youth who have been living in Amecet, and later in Amun home. They are all going to school and they believe in themselves! When they came into our Amecet home, they were sick, hurt and rejected, but with God's help and the commitment of our staff and later the loving care of Ton and Arja in Amun, they became young people who will take their place in the Ugandan community! Tomorrow they will leave , together with our staff Elias, to Jinja, for the second week of the training.
Simon and I went this week to a three day workshop. It was organised by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. It was all about the regulation of children homes and alternative care of vulnerable children. It was a very good and interesting teaching. The Ugandan government wants to regulate all the children's homes in Uganda, There are many of them and they are not all working with the right motives. Some homes are closed by the government. They are going more towards Kinship care and foster care instead of having children for many years in an institution. It was very challenging and we have seen several points we have to work more on. The children deserve the best and it is our responsibility to do our best! We have to do more in tracing their family and in follow up when they have been resettled. The good news is that we heard that our Amecet home is approved and we get our certificate. It is laying on the desk of the Minister to be signed! We are on the right track and that is also an encouragement to us! But there is still so much to be done, so we go on with fresh motivation!