Sunday is our weighing day... All the children are weighed and we can see if they do well weight-wise. The babies are weighed on a baby scale and the bigger children are standing on the scale. With some children it is exciting to see how they are gaining. This morning, we cheered for Charles. He is with us for quite a while now and he gained this week a whole kilo!!! You can see at his face, he is so proud of himself, and so are we!! Charles loves to go to school, he is in P5 and is very clever. Last year he hardly went to school, because he was too weak. We have let him go for half days, he is going with the Harmony School bus. And he did so well in school, but his weight started to come down. We talked and told him that it was too risky to go to school when he is loosing weight, He might get sick and over tired and go even more down. Charles was not happy with me, but we kept encouraging him and when he started to gain again, he was allowed to go back to school. He was so happy, I believe that the school made him eat again. The children got their report from the first term, last week, He was number 2 in the class!!!! And today he gain a whole kilo!!!!!
This is how we weigh the babies, actually it was a very good day today, because all the children had gained!! Moses weighs 5.7 kg he one of our biggest babies. He came into Amecet because his mother was very sick in the hospital, they thought she was dying. It was so hard to care for the baby inside the hospital ward, on the bed with the dying mother. So they asked us if we could help and so we did.
The mother picked up a little, she is now at home in the village and the family requested if he could stay a little longer, so that is the reason that Moses is still with us.
Sometimes children stay a very short time. On Wednesday the police called, there was a six year old boy, I wrote about him in my last blog, we had to change the room, to make space for him. On Thursday I took him to the clinic next door, we still had no clue where he was from, I wanted to do a malaria test on him and I asked for a HIV rapid test. The HIV test came back positive, the little boy was HIV+ We asked him if he sometimes or every day had to take medicines, he said no. I spoke with the Doctor about him and she told me to bring him to the HIV clinic, he had to start ARV's. Still we had no clue where he was from, but on Saturday, Simon and Elias went to investigate, the boy had said a name of a school, So they found the community leader and he told them that the mother was looking for the boy since Tuesday. Later they came to Amecet to pick him and we had to ask the mother privately if she knew that her son was HIV+, she didn't know, she was taken for a test as well and came out also HIV+, but after some talking she admitted that she knew she was HIV+, but she didn't want anyone to know. We explained the situation of her son and how to give his medicines, she was not upset, but didn't want her sisters to know about it (she had come with 2 sisters). We found that difficult and encouraged her to be open to her home people, it would help her. The family doesn't live very far, we will follow them up.