Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The dentist came to visit.....

 Last week a team of three dentists came to visit Amecet. They came to give free treatment and were able to stay for three days.
They stayed in our other house, Amecet n' Amun and also used a room there to give their treatment. We mobilized our children, our staff members and also the YWAM staf members were notified. The teachers of the Pre-school and the Primary school were also welcomed. And some of the pupils of the Primary school came as well.
Around 70 people came for help. The dentists did filling, but from many people the teeth were beyond filling and had to be pulled. Joseph, the boy on this picture, got 6 molars and teeth extracted, I felt for him, it was good that they gave injections to help with the pain...... The people who came were thankful (even they had a painful mouth...) with the help they got and the dentists were happy that they could help so many people....
And now we have to brush ..............

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ugandan celebrates 55 years independance...

 It is a public holiday, so the children are free and Calvin moves with them through the compound. For us it is a working day, so we celebrate with a special meal.....
 You take 7½ KG. rice and 6 kg. meat, onions, tomatoes and special spices and you have Pilau. On this picture you see auntie Grace cleaning the rice...... 
 At the same time, they frying the meat on a wood fire, as you can see this is teamwork!!
from left to right: Pauline, Beatrice, David, Mary and Grace!
Some time later a big pot with Pilau is carried into the kitchen. The children have been waiting for it, they are excited: left to right:Jennifer, Cathy, Kenneth, Ruth, Maliamu and Michel
They are the first to be served!! Of course the bottle with soda can not be missed at this occasion!!
 We are all enjoying the special meal, there is enough left for the evening meal. So tonight we will be eating Pilau again, only the baby's, they just enjoy their bottle with milk.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Two tiny baby's....

Last week Mary and Elizabeth were brought to Amecet, they are part of triplets, 3 little girls, one baby was left with the mother and they brought the two smallest to Amecet. It is quite intensive care what they need. Every three hours we take their temperature, change them and feed them, first we try  the bottle by mouth, but they are very soon exhausted, so we do the rest by NG tube, We keep them in the medical room, with the windows and door closed, we also feed them there and I tell you, it is quite tropical in there. Very warm, but so good for the little girls, who have trouble keeping their body temperature stable. On this picture, Immaculette and me are feeding them. 
 We found a bag with premature diapers in our closet. I remember seeing them before, and I never thought that our baby's would use them; so small....I even said to the children that we might use them for the dolls, to play with... But I am happy we did not do that, we all used them. Dominique made this picture, left is our normal diaper and at the right, the premature diaper, a very big difference. But now they are finished and we use the "normal"  diaper now, because we can't buy the premature diapers here...
This picture was taken today, they are now together in one bed (for the bonding­čśĆ) and our little blue monkey is keeping guard. Left is Mary, she gained 250 gram and her weight is now 1,750 kg. and at the right is Elizabeth, she gained only 100 gram, her weight is now 1,400 kg. It is amazing at a difference the 350 gram makes between the two of them. Please pray for them, they do fair, no vomiting, no fever, no diarrhea, but they do have to gain more and to get more strong, to come out of the danger zone....

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trip to Kampala....

The day after we buried the little Asianut Helen, we had planned to go to Kampala with 3 children, to 2 hospitals. We left at 5 am and we arrived in the Heart institute at 1 pm. The children had done well during the trip, we were also with enough staff. Sharon cared for Mary, Peace cared for Martha, Deborah cared for Patrick, Elias drove and I did all the running around and had Cathy with me (I didn't want to leave her in Amecet, she had already cut the hair of Ruth, the other day!). 
I wrote about Patrick in the previous blogs, he was found abandoned in town at 11 pm. He was quite sick and malnourished. The picture left is how he came. He has changed a lot, he eats everything what he can find..but he is still not talking. The doctors had heard a heart murmur, so they advised us to go to the heart institute for a Echo of the heart. We had planned to go for Mary and Martha, so we took him too. They couldn't find anything wrong with the heart, so that was good news, he is still malnourished, but gaining good.
Then we took Mary also for a Echo of the heart. That was a different story... Mary is in Amecet since July 2017. She was referred by another organization. Mary is 1 year and 5 months old and her weight is still 3.8 kg. She gained  since July 1 kg. She has also a heart murmur but also other problems. The outcome of her Echo was not good, she is born with a big hole between the left and right side of the heart and the aorta is in the right ventricle instead of the left ventricle. She needs to be operated!!! An open heart surgery, we saw the surgeon as well and he told us that they can do it in Kampala, I was send to the accountant to get the invoice... 
The next day we went to the pediatric neurologist with Mary again and Martha. We had slept the night in a guesthouse.
He also saw Mary and felt that she has a serious problem, he examined her very good and he thinks that it has to do with the chromosomes and that she has a serious brain damage as well. we had to go for a lot of blood tests and wait for the results, but he said that the operation might not be good to do, because of her other problems......
Martha is 1 year and 2 months old and her weight is just over 5 kg. She came in Amecet in February 2017, weighing 2.9 kg. She was very malnourished and not able to swallow, very weak and it looks as if she has no muscles, she can't still keep her head up by her self. But she can smile and she can be very annoyed with you.... The doctor also examined her and asked for several blood tests. he was sure of brain damage but wanted to wait with a diagnosis until the results come back...
So after this all, we jumped back in the car to drive the 8 hours back to Soroti, where we arrived at around 8.30 pm.  We were tired, but it was good that we did this, we have been worrying about the children and it is good to get a diagnosis, so we can know what to do (or not to do).
You hope for good news, we got that for Patrick, but for Mary and Martha it might not be so good.....
When we arrived back in Amecet we heard that we have two new tiny bay's, there was a mother who gave birth to triplets in the village health centre. The two smallest baby's they brought to Amecet and the biggest they left with the mother... Two little pretty girls weighing 1.3 and 1.5 kg!! Life goes on!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rest in Peace, little one...

Last night, 11.40 pm, Asianut Helen passed away into the loving arms of Jesus.
She got difficulties in breathing in the evening, the staff rushed her to the clinic next door, they tried to suck out her lungs, put her on oxygen, but it was all in vain. They called me at midnight that it was all over. She still looked so beautiful, I was so sad this morning. Because there are no relatives known, we couldn't bring her home to be buried. We contacted the Police and they also told us to ask permission to bury her in the Soroti Municipal Burial ground. It was quite a process, a death certificate from the clinic was not enough, it was a criminal case, so a post mortem was done. And Asianut had died because of soil in her lungs......
 We gave her a simple burial with a prayer and the knowledge that she is in the arms of Jesus. Her life was too short, just 1 day. we were all shocked about the whole thing and how fast it went
Asianut's bed is empty, life goes on, if you want it or not. We are organizing to  go to Kampala tomorrow morning at 5 am, with three children to different doctors. Please keep us in your prayers....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Buried alive.........

This morning, Simon got a phone call from the Police; a baby was found, buried alive!!! Elias and Simon drove to the village and and found the Police and other people gathered together in a certain home. The baby was found in their maize field. Last night, around 9.30 pm, they had heard a baby crying. They got concerned and went to the local leader, together they went to see what had happened, they were thinking about children sacrifice. which still happen in secret places. It is really amazing, that in that big field, they came across the place where it looked if someone has been digging there. Carefully they tried with a hoe...and they found the a new born baby, buried alive..... They later saw the evidence that the mother gave birth there and dug the hole and buried the baby with the placenta.
The Police is investigating, because this is a criminal act. The people of the home nearby, cared for the baby during the night, but now the baby was handed over to Amecet.

We checked the baby, there are some little wounds, but it is a miracle that she is alive!! Being completely covered with soil!! The weight of the baby is just 2 kg. We took her directly to the doctor, because of the dirty place where she has been in, she was in need of  medical attention.
After medicines, a bottle, a bath and warm clothes she is sleeping peacefully. The people named her Asianut Helen, Asianut means Grace in the local language Atesso. God must have Grace  upon this little girl..... What a way to enter this world!! But God's grace is upon her, she is alive and cared for!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

And again, another adoption.......

 Today Emmanuel went to his new parents!!! 

Emmanuel was born on 25th of May 2017. He was left at the side of the road. We don't know the situation, but to lay a new born baby at the side of the road....you must be very desperate!!
The Police brought the baby to Amecet, they tried  to investigate, but they found no relative of the baby. We also went to the area and asked around, his picture went in the local newspaper, but all in vain, nobody came forward. So Emmanuel was in Amecet and we got the permission from the police and the Probation office, to look for a family for him. And we found a lovely couple, who were so excited to get Emmanuel in their family. After all the paper work and inspection of their home and interviews, the court gave them their Care order, to foster Emmanuel for one year, after that they will adopt him. The baby got the name: Emmanuel, God is with us. For sure we can see God's hand in Emmanuel's life. He will be loved and cared for......`

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Two boys went home........







The difference between these two pictures are 2 months and 5 kg!! William came in Amecet because he was malnourished. He was cared for by his grandparents, but this was not going well, William amused us, he is a master in getting himself dirty, first thing in the morning, after his bath...
As you can see on this picture. I don't know how many times he got a bath per day... He gained 5 kg. in two months. Loves to play and he was ready to go back home. But back to his grandparents would not help him, he would be back soon, in his old state. So our Social workers, Elias and Simon went to look for his parents, who were separated. They found the father and he was willing to take him into his (new) family. Today, it was a good reunion for the two, and his father took him home!

The second boy who went home is a different story,  this is Moses, i have been writing about him several times (see the blog of  30/6, 6/7, 13/7 and 31/7) He came into Amecet very weak and sick. We took him to different places for tests and consults from the doctors. At first he started very well, he ate good and he started to gain weight. He even went to pre-school, but then he started to change, he didn't want to eat anymore, he didn't want to take his medicines, he was against everything, he only wanted to do his own thing. Sleeping during the day and sitting up at night etc... We also had the feeling that he was homesick.. We decided to bring him home for 2 weeks. So here he stands, ready to go to his mother, very happy with his nice clothes and his shoes (very important for him) and his schoolbag. Please pray for Moses, that this visit home will do him good, that he will take his medicines and that he will eat!!!!!!
It is hard to let him go home this way, but we have to think what is the best for him, we tried, but it had not much effect... The relatives were happy to see him, they said they saw a big change.....???

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CELEBRATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

 Today, two children were given to their new, forever families!! They were handed over to the new parents by the Probation officer, reason to celebrate!! The families have been visited in their homes, their places were inspected, papers were filled and the Magistrate gave them the care order, to foster their new child. The real adoption will be in one year time.
 Jackson was more than 2 years with us, he became three years in August. We tried to resettle him with his grandparents, but it was all in vain. Now he is taken in this beautiful family and he has even a baby sister, Emma! His new parents work as missionaries in the North of Uganda. We are so happy for them!!!
The second child is Grace, she was resettled back with her relatives, but we had to go back to pick her again. It didn't go well. But also a family stood up for her!! Both of her parents are teachers, so she is at the right place for her education!! She will be loved and cared for and she is very wanted in her new family!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Some updates on the children...

It is still holiday, but the children play well together, they have their holiday packet and they have fun together... We still have an (almost) full house, with lots of baby's. Some have gone home, but there are others who filled the beds again...
Today we said goodbye to one of the two sets of twins (blog of July 6) Last week Rose and Michel went home and today Suleiman and Rashid left us. Are they not beautiful little men!!!  It is a joy for us to give two healthy baby's back to the family. The children are going back to their own people (and we have two free beds :))
In my last blog  of September 3, I wrote about Patrick, a little boy who was found in Soroti town, we have been busy with him, his hand was very swollen after an IV injection, and the swelling only increased, it was very painful for him. But today he is very much improved, he can smile, walk a bit and the swelling is gone. We only heard that he has a heart problem and we were advised to go to the heart institute in Kampala.
This is William, a boy who enjoys life!!!! Playing in the mud is his favorite game and we have had some rain lately, so he does enjoys that! We are trying to find his parents, William came in Amecet, malnourished, he was with his grandparents, but he can't go back there, he would end up the same...Now we are searching for his parents, they are separated. We hope that they can help William.
In the blog of August 15, I wrote about the 3 mini baby's, all three do well, they are growing and well on their way to the 3 kg. We are thankful for that!
In the blogs of August 11 and August 22, I wrote about Michel. He is operated and walks around now with big metal screws in his leg. last week we went back to the doctor and we had to make an X-ray. We were very curious how it was going  with the growth of the bone. The Doctor was very content, there is new bone growing and the bones are in the right position. So he walks all over the compound with his crutches and is doing great!!
 We ask your prayers for Moses (blog of July 31) at first he did well, then he just didn't want to eat he lost weight and we even had to give him a NG tube, that helped a little time, but now he is just dropping again. It is hard to see it, we are trying all we know and can.......
Then I end this blog with some exciting news, we are working with several families who want to adopt one of the children. There are several children who don't have a home to go back to, because they were abandoned and we failed to find any relatives or the relatives can not or do not want to care for them anymore. We were able to find a family for three children..... I will share more when everything is cleared with the Probation officer and the court!!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

(almost) Full house....

 When we renovated and we ordered the new beds to be made, we made 20 small beds and 8 toddler's beds. We have 8 small beds in the first baby room, where we keep the smallest, just new born baby's. Then we have 12 small beds in the middle room, where the bigger baby's are sleeping. I never thought all those beds would be occupied at one time..... But it is.... This picture is from the middle room, and there are 12 baby's sleeping in them... In the room for the small baby's, we have one empty bed. And from the 8 beds in the toddler's room are 5 beds occupied. At the moment we have 19 baby's, 5 toddler's and 5 bigger children: that is 29 in total!!! I think it is the most we have had ever at one time..

This week Lazarus was picked by his auntie, he had stayed with us for 2,5 month. And he is a healthy cute, handsome looking boy!! His mother passes away after the delivery and now his auntie will take him in! We were happy to release him, back to his family, it also created a new place, but as one left, we got three new children in Amecet, this week. Two baby's of 1 and 3 months old. One of them lost her mother and the other one, his mother had a mental problem and the child was in danger. 

The third new child was a small, sad boy, he was brought by the Police on Saturday morning. He was found on Friday evening, abandoned in Soroti town, at around 10-11 pm. He spend that night in the Police station and the following morning they brought him to Amecet.His health is in a bad state, he is malnourished, has oedema and looks so sad. Who can leave a little boy like that in town, at night??










We also do have good news!! Look at those two little ladies, left is Jennifer and right is Maliamu. They were both really struggling with their health, they didn't want to eat, they were loosing weight and we almost were giving up. Jennifer has been long with us, we didn't know what to do or how to get her eating. The last thing we had left was a NG tube. So we put the tube in, what was a dramatic event for Jennifer. We started to give her special feeding by tube, next to the normal feeding by mouth. And it worked!!!! Her weight was today 21 kg!!! 6 weeks ago her weight was 14 kg..... Maliamu gained this week also 1,5 kg!! So the girls are our heroes today!!! We have some children due for going home, they are stable and ready for the village life. We do have problems sometimes, to give them back to their families, they often ask for extra time...but at this moment we do need empty beds again, in case new children will come....

Friday, August 25, 2017

Be creative.....

Today we decided to paint chairs... Our old wooden chairs had almost all collapsed, so it was time for some new ones. They make those chairs locally and it is nice to give them some colors together with the children.

They could do what they wanted and it was fun to see them working hard and creative!  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It is Holiday!!!!

 It is 3 weeks holiday and we are so mean, we bought holiday packets for the bigger children, to work a bit during the vacation! They were very excited and several went with me in the car to buy them in town. They do need a lot of help, many of them are behind, due to sickness or not being encouraged to learn and to go to school. If we have older children in Amecet we bring them to school as soon as they can physically, handle it. We do feel that education is a tool to come out of the circle of being stigmatized and poverty.
  We have 3 children in Nursery school, Moses, Jackson and Ruth (daughter of our staff Dominique) Jackson is trying to match the shapes and to count. 
 Jennifer has not been to school yet, she is 9 years. She has been sick a lot and we had to feed her via a NG tube. But she is gaining now!!!! We gave her the packet for P1, but I think that might be even to hard for her. We try to find the things she can do. She is very happy to be part of this. And that is also important.....
 Michel is most of the time outside, laying on a mattress, he can't play since he has the metal pins in his leg (read the last blogs). He has been for a very short time in P1. So we got him also a P1 package, it is very hard for him. But just trying is good, slowly, every  day a little bit.
Maliamu is not very long with us, she did very well and she wanted to go to school., We agreed for half days, but after 4 days she got sick and a lot of pain in the chest. We took her to the doctor and different tests and X ray. She started anti TB medication, a part of her lung had collapsed. We are now 3 weeks further and it is a joy to see her sitting at the table, trying to work a bit in her P4 package.  
Here are Jennifer, Cathy (my daughter) and Kenneth working. Cathy is in P2 and Kenneth in P4. We plan to have every morning some time, after snack time, to work with the holiday packages. The children are (still) very enthusiastic and it will be good for their performance in school.
We are quite full in Amecet, I am writing a lot about the babies, but also the bigger children are there! And they need attention, love and care as well!!