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!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

We lost baby Kave...

This morning, at 3.45 am, baby Kave slipped away into the hands of Jesus. Yesterday was a very hard day for all of us. In my last blog I wrote that we had to put her on oxygen and NG tube, but we had still good hope that she would pick up. We had day and night someone assigned to her. That was necessary, because she stopped breathing at times. Than the monitor started to beep and we had to lift her a bit put her arms up and she started to breath again. Yesterday it was more frequently, so we called the pediatrician again, she prescribed a certain medicine, so Janneke and I drove to town to buy that. It helped a little but not much. Than at the end of the afternoon the cannula was blocked. Two nurses from the clinic came and were trying for one hour to get a new line. The veins were like small threats, so tiny, they gave up. Janneke and I were very frustrated, what to do, who could help us? I decided I would go to Soroti hospital and find a doctor who could help, Janneke would stay with Kave (who was on the monitor and on oxygen) in Amecet and ready to jump in the car with her, if I would find someone. It was already 6 pm. not many doctors around, but I found one at the children ward, So I called Janneke and they came with Kave. The doctor and a nurse tried, but also they couldn't do it, they called a colleague and he was able to get a line! We rushed back to Amecet and put Kave comfortable back in her bed, on the monitor and the oxygen. we prayed and I went home. I got a phone call at 3.45 am that she had passed away. We have done all we could, even it is so limited, we did what we could. You go in the battle for her life and you feel so defeated. This is the second baby we lost in two weeks!!  But then, when you see this little tiny baby (40 cm) laying in the small coffin, you know that God had mercy on her. Still we are struggling with again another death. We know that God is in control, but you still feel empty and shocked. We all need to work it through again, by a good cry, a good sleep, Also the children need to work it through....
 Angela did that on her own special way... she put her two dolls on drip (on the table) and also Jesica and Grace were put on drip. And according to Angela, they all got better!!!!
We have to go on....we even got a new baby yesterday morning. A little baby boy was found in Kumi town (neighbouring district), he was laying in a carton box, still connected with the placenta. No one around, no one knows where he is from.. We called him Jonathan, he is drinking well and weighs 2.7 kg. So life goes on...but it is not easy at the moment.


  1. Indeed you have done everything you could and maybe more than that, and maybe your are right about Gods mercy too.
    But why is life so hard for those little ones...
    Veel sterkte allemaal,
    Clazien Steenkamp

  2. The poor little girl never had a real chance, despite all your best efforts. I'm so sorry she had such a short little life, and I can only imagine your sadness and frustration.
    But thanks to you all, the other children are coping in an amazing way with this sad story, plus things are looking up for little Jonathan, a ray of hope there. Take care.
    Magdeleen van Eersel