Three days ago was Ivan brought to Amecet. He was a sad looking boy, suffering from Kwasiorkor, a form of malnutrition which makes the body to swell, from oedema. Often are these children irritable because it is painful, the legs and arms are so swollen from the oedema, in Ivan's case, also his back, hands, feet and face are swollen. He is now on a protein rich diet. But he doesn't want to drink, so we give milk by NG tube, but he does wants to eat. He lost already some weight, which is the fluids, so he is doing well and.... he smiles and plays a bit. His story is sad too, his mother is killed by his father and his father was taken in prison, but wanted to escape and is killed by that attempt. There is nobody who wanted to care for this little boy of almost one year old.
We are waiting for the rain, some days ago we got a bit of rain, everybody was happy, but it stopped again. It is very hot, dry and very, very dusty. So today we decided to open the little swimming pool and put in a bit of water for the toddlers.
Mark got the idea... we need water in the pool!
Helen is teaching them how to splash the water and that was fun.
Auntie Dominique brought Richard in the water, but he didn't like it so much, it was too wet for him.
After a while they all got tired. Justin was put on his potty, and fell asleep right there!!
We had fun, but we do hope for the rains to start soon... It is so hot....