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, June 14, 2012

A baby of three weeks, weighing only 780 gram!!!

This afternoon a young lady came with her baby, she asked for help. I looked at the baby and I was so shocked!!! I even almost cried when I saw those big eyes in this little tiny face. So small, so skinny, the baby was 3 weeks old. I took the baby and asked the mother to wait. Meri and I weighed the baby, only 780 gram!! The mother told us that the baby was a 6 months premature baby and at birth he had weighed 1 kg. He almost lost 25% of his birth weight. he was a bit cold and dehydrated, we took him directly to the doctor next door (what a blessing to have the doctor next door!!) The baby was put on IV drip, extra dextrose IV and to be given a NG tube. So Meri and I went back and went to work.

I am so glad that Meri is back and we got everything organised and done, the NG tube went in very smoothly. I think this is the smallest baby I have ever worked with. Everything is so small and tiny.
We felt that this baby should be in the incubator. he is the oldest of the three premature baby's, but his weight is half from that of the two girls. So we took Evalyn out of the incubator and she lays now together with Eunice in a kind of tent. Also in our medical room, away from the other children and protected from the mosquito's. Evalyn and Eunice are now looking BIG, compared with this little boy, Jesse. The two girls are weighing now almost 1.8 kg. each, they do well.

And so got Jesse the incubator, he will be fed every two hours, like the other two baby's. It is a lot of work, three small baby's on NG tube feeding. But what a joy will it bring when they will be gaining and be able to drink themselves!
The mother of Jesse is very young and alone, she didn't know what to do, it was her first baby, she is happy that we came in to help and will take over again when the baby is stronger and stable.


  1. Els,
    Weer extra reden om voor jullie te blijven bidden. Mensen kinders wat ontzettend klein. Ik wens Jesse en de andere twee kleine baby's heel veel zegen en jullie net zo! Ik denk aan en bid voor jullie lieve en groothartige Els!
    Groetjes Mirjam

  2. AMEN! What a blessing to have such good people in the world to care. Its so awesome to see these babies are gaining and doing well. My prayers, Alyssa. <3

  3. Hi, do you have an update on Jesse? A photo of what he looks like now? Praise God for people like you!

  4. that was an amazing story but she need to first know how to take care of a baby