Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Amecet assessment.

Last year in May, we got a big group visiting us for a children home assessment, they came from Kampala, from Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. The Government of Uganda is inspecting the children homes to assess them. To make sure that the children are treated well. There is also a lot of child trafficking, so they want to stop that. They looked into several area's like management structure, financial management, Human resources, the child care, the record keeping, health and safety and more. Several months later we received their report (picture) of 24 pages. We had a good score, but we got some advices for improvement on several area's. We have worked on those points, Simon, Elias and me. About a month ago we got again an assessment, they went over all the same area's and we saw also that we had quite improved! We had to wait for the health inspector, who came to check Amecet the following week and with all those new reports we (Simon and me +Helen and Catherine) travelled to Kampala, together with the Probation Officer from Soroti. We presented the reports to the Commissioner of Children affairs and now we just wait for our certificate. 
There is a lot of work in making all those reports, but I see that it is so good to be transparent and following the laws of the country. Especially when it is to do with children. I am happy with the report, of course, there is still room for improvement, but we are on the right track!! I let you know when the certificate is given!!!
The trip to Kampala took two days, that is why I was quiet this week. But the work continues.. Two children went home, to their grandmothers! And three days ago we got a new baby, he is 5 months old. His mother died very unexpectedly and the father needed help, so he can arrange something for this baby. He is very heavy, more than any other baby we have. He weighs 8 kg! Then the following day, the police brought a little girl from about 1 year old. The mother was a stranger in town and was rooming around with the little child, they feared for her health. So they brought the baby to us and try to locate the mother, to get relatives to come and take the girl. We gave her the name Anna, she is so sweet, her weight is 6 kg, so you can see the difference with the 5 month old baby from the day before! She has malaria at the moment, we are treating that. I hope for a good solution for this sweet little girl!

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