I haven't written much about the children, but today some short news updates about some of them: We went to visit Richard in the village. We brought him to his grandparents 4 weeks ago and we were anxious to know how it went. It is far, 2 hours drive, deep in the village, but our team came back with good news!! Richard is happy, he gained (!!) and the family is doing well with him, they care and like him!!
Last week we got a new born baby, very small and he looked a bit yellow. Now we do have an incubator, but no special lamp for the yellowness So Janneke got our incubator outside, with the cable through the window and Lawrence in the morning sun. Lawrence is not doing so well, he is not drinking well, can't regulate his body temperature so good, so we helped him... we had to take his temperature many times, and he got warm, so we took him back inside. But it was a creative idea!
Catherine came by with her baby Theo! She is doing so well and the blood results from Baby Theo came back negative, so we are happy for them. He was a small baby, but he is really gaining and she is a wonderful mother!!
This is baby Dorcas, still feeling miserable, her mother abandoned her and we got the news that also the grandmother didn't want to care for her. She had oedema, the skin starts already peeling off and she is not drinking well, we had to give her a NG tube and a cannula for IV medication. She is doing better, and the grandmother came to see her, it was all wrong information, the grandmother was in the hospital caring for someone and this all happened at home. She is willing to care for Dorcas after Amecet. So we are happy that there is a home waiting for Dorcas when she is healthy and stable again!
Earlier this week a woman came with two baby's, together with 2 gentlemen, to Amecet. The baby's were twins and looked miserable. The story was that the mother died last week and the father had died when the mother has been pregnant, he was poisoned. The mother died from malaria. The lady was the sister from the late mother, the two men were uncles. they had no letter, no medical papers, there was a lot of confusion, After talking with them and getting some directions, we told them to go back home with the children, to pass by the health centre and come back with letters from the local counsellor and the medical papers. They left and promised to do so. Two days later, Simon and Emmanuel, decided to make a surprise visit to them.... He found out that the lady, who said that she was the sister, is the mother of the twins and the father was also around. Nobody had died, the grandmother felt very bad and ashamed about her daughter. The neighbours were all very upset about the mother, when you come in the village and you visit a home, all the close neighbours are coming to see who the visitor is who is coming in a car... If the mother would have been honest and asked for help, we would have given help. The grandmother understood the situation very well and will get involved in the care for the bay's. Our door is always and still open for them.... It is good to visit the homes to get the right story!!!!
Then I end this update with Emmanuel, he was brought into Amecet on 31st of December 2014. he was abandoned by his mother, who is mentally ill. You can read about this in the blog of January 1, 2015. He was a small baby of 1.8 kg.
The mother was HIV+ and we had fears that also Emmanuel might be HIV+, in the beginning he was not a very happy baby... But we did all the tests and he is HIV-!!!
And this is Emmanuel now!!! He is almost always laughing, a very happy boy. They have been looking for his mother, but she has gone and never came back. We have been putting his picture in the newspaper several times, but nobody came. We are looking for a family for him, because he needs to belong in a family.