This little, new born baby was brought to Amecet on Tuesday evening at 9.30 pm. They found the baby, laying on a veranda. The baby was around 1 day old....... At first the staff received the baby, gave her a bath and a bottle. She didn't drink much, but the next feeding went a bit better. The next morning, the Probation office and Elias, our social worker got into action. It is so good to know many people and also that Amecet is known by many people. Within a couple of hours, the mother was found! She lived not far from Amecet, together with her other daughter of, maybe, 18 months old.
She had told the neighbours that the baby had be born dead, so that is why she left Monday pregnant and came back Tuesday evening without the new baby. Elias and the Probation Officer tried to get more information, but the whole story was full of lies.
The story was changing and changing, they tried to get the contacts of the father, or her family, parents or sisters. At the end she was taken to the Police Office, because what she had done is a criminal act, and the other little girl was brought to Amecet. The mother was put in the cells, because of her attitude and she was released the next day. Elias got some telephone numbers and he got into contact with one of the sisters. The sister was very upset when she heard the story. She promised to come the next day. There has been a lot of talking and calling over the phone and the mother came suddenly at the doorstep of Amecet, last night, on Thursday evening, to pick both of her children!!! We couldn't just give her the children, they were brought by the Probation officer and we needed to know if the children would be safe. At that same moment, the sister also arrived and there was quite a confrontation between the two sisters. The staff told them to come back the next day to work everything out.The next day there were talks and at the end the mother took the offer from the sisters to go back home, to the village, where her parents were still living. They were willing to help her with the two little children. The sisters went to her little room, she had been renting and brought the sister, with all er belongings, back to the village.
Patrick, the little boy who was found in town, is doing very good. He is happy and soooo cute. He eats very good and you can't recognize the little boy who came so sick and malnourished in Amecet. The only thing is that he is still not talking to us. We know he can talk, we hear him sometimes talking to himself, when he is in bed or playing on his own. We are trying to find relatives, gave out posters, place his picture in the local newspaper, but still there is no one who comes forward. Simon and Elias went on Tuesday morning early, to check some areas at the lakeside, where the fishermen community lives. They came back late in the afternoon, there was no one who recognized Patrick.... This week he will be again in the newspaper, but I think that he will probably go to a family who is willing to foster and than adopt him.
And on Wednesday, we held our first Amun week meeting!!!
We did that in the garden of our Amun home. The Amun week is a special week, we organize every year for all the older HIV+ children, who have been living in Amecet in the past years. In December there will be around 50 children staying for one week in Amun home, we will have a tent in the garden for all the meetings, we will do games and there will be singing and a lot of fun. We like to use this week to encourage the children and to teach them more about their HIV+ status. There are some YWAM staff from the YWAM Soroti base, who are joining us every year to help organizing, teaching and just be there for the children. I will be writing more about this week.....
Simon went today to the village. Two weeks ago, he went on a home visit to Alice and her grandmother. Things didn't look well there. So today he went back to follow up and he has brought them both a mattress, sheets a blanket, mosquito net. they were so happy!!
The grandmother told him that she had never had such a nice sheets and blanket. She hanged them around her neck and kept holding them the whole time. She also told Simon that when she would die, they should bury her in these sheets!!! Alice is doing well, they work together in their garden en eat from that. Alice is going to school and her health is okay.
This are just some stories about what happened this week. There is no one day the same as the day before!!!
P.S. the last news about the triplets: they are all three above the 2 kg!!! Even the last one, who was brought on Sunday, is picking up!!