Yesterday, Simon, Elias, Amos, the Probation officer and me went to Bangaladesh... By car..... Bangaladesh is a small fishermen community at the shores of Lake Kyoga. It was far, we drove 3 hours to get there. We were going to meet a father of one of our baby boys in Amecet. The baby came to Amecet because his mother was unable to care for him, she has a mental problem and she was on the streets. We met the father also, he was in the police cells because of drunkenness. We have been talking with both families, trying to resettle the baby in one of the families, but no one is willing to care for this sweet little boy. So we were going to talk with the father and his brother and sister together with the Probation officer, if they are still not willing or able, than they will be asked to write a letter where they are stating that they give up the boy and that we are asked to find a family for him.
We had a flat tyre on the way, but it was fixed in no time!! Amos and Elias were removing the flat tyre, while Simon got the spare tyre and I took pictures!!!
It was a beautiful sight, the community was at the shore of the lake, a lot of small huts where the fishermen families are living. Left are the little boats where they were fishing with, early in the morning. It is a poor community with many small children playing around.We met the family and after talking they wrote the letter, the Probation officer explained everything one more time, so they understand what was all going to happen.
On the way back we stopped to meet Doreen. Doreen has been in Amecet for quite a while. You can read her sad story in the blog of Sept. .4 and 7, Nov. 13 2013. She was resettled the end of December and we had not seen her since. She was very happy to see us and she looked great. She gained some use of her left arm and her baby Els looked so cute. While she was in Amecet, waiting for the birth of her baby, we got her a sewing teacher and we gave her a sewing machine when she went home. She uses the machine to earn a small living, while she is living with her mother. Baby Els was also happy to see me, she was laughing a lot.
In the meantime in Amecet, Janneke received a small little baby, Barnabasi, his weight is only 1.4 kg and he is already 6 days old. His mother died after giving birth, we think they didn't feed the baby, only with some water.. We have a full house, this week alone we got 4 children via the Police, for different reasons. One child was living with her grandmother and decided she wanted to go to her mother and started to walk. It was a journey of more than 100 km, so she stranded in Soroti and was brought to us. Another little boy was mistreated by his stepmother and he is very malnourished. A baby of 7 months was brought, the mother was depressed and wanted to throw the child somewhere and commit suicide. Then a boy of 12 years was brought, he was in the bus and lost his father during the trip. The bus brought him to the police in Soroti and they brought him to us. So work enough......
Dear Els and Janneke, I was impressed about the situation in Soroty. So many poverty.ReplyDelete
So many children who needs help. Women with so many problems. They even feel the need to bring their own childern to you, because of the problems there are.
It makes the illness of Hannah only a small thing.
Though for us it is strange te know she's ill so far away.
I pray for all of you people. Please send Hannah, David, and Esther my regards.