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!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Today we have good news!!!

Today we have good news: Elisabeth, the little baby who came on Friday in Amecet. She gained in two days 90 gram!!! Her weight is now 1.2 kg. I know that 90 gram is not much, but it shows that she is a fighter, she is fed with formula milk, every two hours 15 ml. by NG tube. Today we stepped it up to 20 ml. every two hours. She has no fever, no vomiting and no diarrhea, so she can just sleep and grow!!!!!!

Patrick was brought to Amecet 2,5 months ago. His weight was 1.8 kg. His mother was a schoolgirl and it was so hard for the family to care for Patrick!

Today the mother came, together with her parents. They were ready to Patrick back home, if all was well with him. I was so encouraged, so often we have to almost push the baby's back to the family. They think it is nice if we keep them untill they can talk or walk. But that child then takes a bed where maybe a very sick child should have been in. We also feel that the child should be among his or her own people as soon as the child is stable, so it can bond with the family again. Patrick is now 4.3 kg, he more than doubled in those 2.5 months! So he went back with his family and the mother and the grandmother will come on our "come back" days.

Here you can see the grandmother with Patrick, the grandfather and the mother!

I wrote before also about my worries about Job, a little premature baby (1.6 kg.) He is doing very well and his weight is now 2.3 kg! He is drinking well and his mother comes every week to visit, she is so happy and has hope again! It is good to focus again on the positive things that happen in Amecet. The whole story about the passing away of Immaculate took a lot of energy and emotions. I have peace with the fact that she is now with Jesus, her suffering is over, yesterday we went to the house of the grandmother. we had organised the coffin and we were with our car with several of the staff of Amecet. The burial was going to be in the village where the clan comes from. And that was far, several hours drive over bad roads. When we came to drive with the others to the village, several people of the family started to argue that we had to take the coffin and they were angry that we could not, the car was full. We had done our part and the family is responsible for the burial. There were many people and they all were travelling in a truck. It hurt me that, when Immaculate was alive, not many people came to see her or were interested in her, but now at her burial, many people came and there was even no place for the coffin. Simon decided that we were not going to the burial, he said that people would blame us all the time and it would not be good. So we went back home, leaving the people arguing what to do. It was a sad ending, but we know that Immaculate is celebrating her life with Jesus!

And today..... we had many positive things to be happy with and we are thankful that God brings things in balance, so we can cope and have Hope!

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