On September 13, the Probation Officer asked us, if we could help with the caring for two abandoned children. A girl of around 6 years and her little brother of 4 years. Their father was in jail and the mother left the children behind, nobody knows where the mother is. the children were malnourished, very dirty and had wounds on their heads. After a nice bath and clean clothes (which made them very excited!) we took them to the doctor for tests. They were both HIV-, so we thank God for that, but they had both infections and malaria, so the treatment was started directly.
There were investigations being done to the whereabouts of the mother, but all in vain. One day, someone tipped Simon (our social worker) that the mother was in Soroti hospital, giving birth. So Simon and the probation officer drove to the hospital, but she was not there... They tried to ask people in the place where they had lived, but no one had seen the mother.
In the meantime it went very well with Immaculate and Daniel, all their infections were treated, and also their skin was infections were treated and had disappeared. They each gained two kg. they played a lot and they also smiled a lot!! When you see those 2 pictures of the same children, what a difference, and that in only 3 weeks!! It makes me so excited, this is what we want to do, care for children in a time of need, but then bring them back to their families.... And that was a bit difficult, because their father was in jail and the mother ran off. Simon took both children to the prison, to visit their father. The father didn't know that the mother was gone, but Simon was able to get the contacts of his parents and according to the father, would they be able to care for the children. In the next week Simon and the probation officer went to look for the grandparents. They found them and they were very willing to look after their grandchildren. There was even a great-grandmother!!!!
This are the grandparents, they came this morning to Amecet and the Probation office to take the children back to their home. Simon and the Probation officer travelled with them to hand them official over into the care of the grandparents
Immaculate and Daniel standing in their new home with their great-grandmother!
The Probation officer inspect the hut where they will sleep. The children were happy with their new home!
In only 3 weeks we were able to bring the children into a safe environment, where they were welcome and where they will be able to grow up. I think it was a successful story!
A small update on our mini Max, he is still on oxygen, but we see some improvement, he was able to drink a little, but the lungs are still the big problem. He has still a way to go, but he is onhis way. Pls. keep praying for this little man!