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!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Second Birthday Martha!!!!!!

This is a true miracle story about this little sweet Martha. Martha’s mother was still a teenager when she became pregnant. The father was a married man, with a family… The mother was only 15 years old and Martha was born premature, and very small and malnourished. The mother and Martha were more than 5 months in the feedings centre in Soroti Hospital. As Amecet, we visit the feeding centre every week with some feeding supplements and some encouragement. We brought some clothes and blankets to Martha, but every time we came, we saw the baby laying on the bed (without the clothes) and the mother was elsewhere. 
When Martha was 6,5 months old, the social worker of the hospital called us to come and rescue the baby. He felt the mother was giving up and he feared that Martha may be in danger. Talks started between Amecet and the family of Martha and her mother and the result was that Martha came in Amecet on 13/2/2017, when she was 6,5 month old and her weight was only 2.9 kg….
Our Social workers had visited the family in the village, talking with the mother and the grandparents and Amecet  offered the mother to go back to the primary school to finish P7. She did and Amecet paid her school fees. This was also done for the future of Martha, so that the family would be able to take her back in the future and care for her.
It went very different…  We noticed that Martha couldn’t swallow, so  she didn’t get much milk in her stomach, we started to feed her by NG tube. We also saw that her muscle tone was not there, she was so floppy and with one year, she couldn’t lift her head or turn around. We were worried about her. We tried to seek answers, went to different doctors,  and were referred to a specialist in Kampala. After investigations and tests the diagnosis came: Trisomy 9, a rare chromosomal disorder. We looked everywhere for information and it all confirmed what we saw in Martha. It is only not so severe in Martha. This had a effect on her family, the grandparents are  not  able to care for Martha, the grandmother gave birth to a new baby not long ago. The mother comes to see Martha sometimes, but she went to secondary school and is also not able to care for Martha, because of the condition she is in. Martha is 2 years old and her weight is 6.4 kg. She looks healthy, but very small. We still feed her by NG tube, so we can’t  give her a lot of food. It is still liquid food and you can not get all those special liquid foods here. 
But everybody loves her!!! 

 And we see so many small developments: Martha recognizes people and when you talk to her, she stretches her hand to you until you take her hand and greet her. She can smile and giggle, she can pick toys up to play with. We do see  change, she can hold her head more up and she makes noises, like if she wants to talk.
She has a way to communicate and she can roll all over the place. We think she could start crawling if she had the right help and maybe more…… But that right help is not here in Amecet and not in Soroti.. We had hope that she could go to a special home in Kampala, but that also seems not to be possible. She can’t go back home, the way to feed her is too complicated for the family and there would be nothing to stimulate her, she can’t stay in Amecet, we are limited in what we can do for her……

We feel Martha has a right for the best help she can get, so we want to do a call for help to everyone who reads this. We haven’t done this before, but  feel there must be someone out there who would be able to help Martha. To give her the love, the feeding and the special care she needs!!!! We feel there is much more inside this little girl then we see now, that she is capable to do more than she does now.

Please share this blog, if you feel touched, maybe you can be the one to help Martha………

We pray for many more happy birthdays for Martha!!!!!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Pls. pray for this pre-mature mini girl...

Anna Grace was born 10 weeks too early..... she was born at the side of the road, on the way to the health centre........

Read this story on our website (Blog)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Our Baby room is almost full again

Read the stories of our new arrived baby's on our Website:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A tribute to the foster families!!!!

Read the story of the foster families who are willing to adopt a child without a family or home.... 

on our brandnew WEBSITE

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Two Baby's expected

From now on the blogs are posted on our website:

 Please visit our website and see  all about our ministry! We love your comments and input!

Thank you

Els van Teylingen
Amecet Children's Home

Friday, July 20, 2018

Exercise in Amecet.....

 We have 8 cute toddlers at the moment... And before last week, only 1 could walk, but now there are 4  toddlers that can walk!! Exercises are being done. On this picture you see Sam in the middle, he is not happy, because he doesn't want to walk!!!! He is almost 2 years old and very behind in his development. He does not talk and has some problems with his locomotion. He can't crawl, but he moves now on his buttocks around the room. When he came to Amecet, he couldn't do anything, so he improved  a lot!!

This is Paul, I wrote about him in the last blog. He came into Amecet, very malnourished, he had swollen legs, feet and hands, all from the oedema. He was given blood transfusion, because he was very anemic too. And he was very weak, if you see the pictures of him on the last blog, you can't believe this is the same guy!! He is eating well, but he still has the NG tube, because he doesn't want to drink milk of porridge. But he is walking around and playing and smiling!!! He is such a lovely little boy! 

He is even making a move towards Rebecca. Rebecca is also walking around now and we have another little girl, Olivia, who also starts to walk. It is so cute to see them trying, they walk like little ducks.... and they are so proud of themselves. It is really encouraging. The room is full and if you take them for their afternoon nap, it is not easy, several of them are standing in their bed, shouting to each other and laughing..... But they do all well and we are enjoying the happy group, even on the potty!!

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Sjaak, a Dutch volunteer has been working many hours behind the computer, creating our first (after almost 17 years!!) Amecet website. It gives a good over view from all the work we do in and around Amecet, it is in Dutch and English. The blogs will be also on it and many other things, pictures, updates etc. Please visit our site and if you have feedback, please, let us know!!!

 Yesterday Paul was brought, a little boy of 2 years, he was brought by his mother (who is mentally retarded) and a community worker. Paul is severe malnourished, swollen feet and hands, looks very pale. After taken him to the doctor and several tests, he had to go on I.V injections and needed blood transfusion.
Today, we tried to feed him, he likes to eat, but doesn't want eggs, milk etc, which he really needs. We decided to give him a NG tube, we will use that tube to give him milk and porridge and for the rest he can eat what he wants to eat. But he is not a very happy boy yet!