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!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Three abandoned children on our doorstep..

 I got a phone call from the police, please help us, we have three children who are left behind in the bus park and they are in a bad condition. I went directly to the police station and I found three small children sitting on the floor. They were very dirty, two of them had vomited all over their clothes and their feet and hands were full of jiggers. (small larva which lays their eggs under the skin). They looked scarred and desperate, two boys and one girl, they were maybe between 3 and 6 years old. We got a letter from the police and the promise that they were going to trace the parents and we took the children to Amecet.

We showered them outside and then Simon and Esther attacked the jiggers, those children must have suffered! They were limping from the pain in their feet. Simon and Esther cleaned hem first and then put special stuff on them, which suppose to kill the jiggers. painful, but the children  trusted them and they hardly cried.  In the meantime we asked them questions about their names, their parents etc. With needles the blisters were opened so the eggs and the jiggers came out. I have never seen so many wounds from jiggers and I can only imagine the pain these children had.
Then we showered them again, to wash the poison out of the wounds, and took them inside to dry and give them clothes. While they were sitting there together on the bed in their towels, some smiles came and when they saw the clothes they were even more happy. 
We sat them around a bowl with water with iodine to soak and they were pretty relaxed.
After supper, they joined the other children in front of the TV and they enjoyed themselves, they went to the bible time with the others and now they are in bed. As I am writing this, I can hear them talk, they are relaxed and happy. It is also so touching to see how the other children accept them directly and try to help them with everything. One of the boys had to go to the toilet and John came with him to show and help him. They all felt for the children.
As you can see, we have a full house with 28 children. We pray we find their parents and see how we can help them. The premature baby's are still much the same, the good news is that there is hardly any blood in the stools, so that is encouraging.


  1. Wat is dit hartverscheurend om te zien, zulke kindjes! Wat een mooi en goed werk doen jullie toch!

  2. O Els, hoe bijzonder moet het zijn om de handen en voeten van Jezus te mogen zijn voor deze kinderen. Tegelijkertijd besef ik dat je dit werk alleen in Gods kracht kunt doen.