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!

Friday, November 8, 2013

A week full of oposites..

On Monday, Michel went to school!!! It was a big event for us, Michel lives in Amecet for more than a year, he was left behind in the hospital by his mother. He is a bit spastic and can't talk or sit by his own. Now there is a place in Soroti where they work with children like him. In a group of 10 children. They pick him every day and bring him home at 6 pm. We are really happy for him, we believe Michel can do so much more, but we can't help him much further.
Monday and Tuesday was the BIG day for the Primary 7 classes, the exams!! They are very important for them and 5 schools were combined in Nakatunya Primary school to sit for these two days. I went to bring them lunch on Tuesday, You can see the 20 pupils enjoying a special lunch with soda(!) and then they were going for their last paper. They all said they were doing well. I am so proud of my daughter Sarah, who is one of them. She made it up to P7!! There is much reason to be thankful!! 

Then the sad news about Naome, it kind of paralyses you, you don't feel you want to do anything, but Doreen had started to have labour pains. It is very hard to get Doreen talking, she is very quiet and she wants to get her baby in Amecet, I don't want that, we are not a labour ward. So I felt I had to take her to check in the hospital. We were there for several hours, because the doctor was operating. While we were waiting I got a request to come and see a lady who got quadruplets!! The baby's were all born alive and were doing fair. Only the last two baby's were very small and a bit cold. The mother was very confused and while I was there, she refused all the treatment.  Later when the doctor came he asked me if we could help with the two smallest baby's. I told him we would come back to talk with the parents. Doreen was still okay, so we went home again. But the doctor said I could always call him, even at night and we have to come on Monday, if the baby is not born yet, they will then induce labour. After I brought Doreen back to Amecet, I went, together with Elias, back to the hospital, to talk with the parents. The mother was doing better, but the father refused to given the two smallest children to us, because he wanted them to go home. The people there wanted to see them. It is up to them, so we told the father that he could always bring them, later, when he felt the children need more care. In the evening we had the arrival of our Dutch visitors: Janneke, our nurse, who will come and work with us and the Alice, who comes for one month and our good old friends: Joke and Bernard, it was so good to see them all!!!
Then Yesterday, Thursday, it was court day for Doreen. The guy who wanted to kill her, the father of her baby, is in jail and yesterday he had to appear in court. Doreen was the witness. Elias and I went with her. She was a bit scared. We were there from 8 am till 7 pm!! We saw and heard interesting cases, sentences were being spoken out and the last person was our case. The man agreed that he was guilty, so that was simple. It was only the defile case, the attempting murder case will be later. The verdict was 3 years for defilement. We were very tired after a day on the very hard court benches. The good thing was that Doreen had no labour pains!!
Today we went to pay our last respect to Naome. She was to be buried in the village. We went with a car full of people from Amecet. Many wanted to come, but the car was full and there should also be people at home, to stay with the children!
There were many people at the burial, I think at least 400 or 500 people. It has something good, the coffin is under the tree and all the people around it.

It is good to see that many people loved her and wanted to bring her to her last resting place.
Dear Naome, rest in Peace!

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