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!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Celebrating Life!!

I have been quiet for a week, not that I was on vacation or there was nothing to do, just too busy and feeling tired. Last week I had malaria and I was really down from that. Also the death of baby Martha was something to work through again, we also were still very worried about the twin sister Esther, who has been on our oxygen machine until Friday. But she is doing very much better
This are the 5 premature baby's, left Eunice, Evalyn, Esther and the twin Tracey and Trevor.
On Sunday we felt we could celebrate their lives, they are all above the 2 kg. now, so we had soda's! Two of them have left the premature room, they are now in the room with the other smaller baby's and soon the others will follow as well. They are all being fed now every 3 hours instead of 2 hours, so we see a lot of progress!
 It has been hard work, and thanks to the help from all the volunteers, we could manage! Meri, Becca, Verity, Rachelle, Willemijn and Esther, thank you again for investing in the lives of those five precious children. We still grieve about Jesse and Martha, but we do celebrate for those five! Also Dominique, she is a new staff member from the USA, she has been working night shifts for the last 3 or 4 weeks, she was mainly in the premature room. Without all your help we could not have done it!

Last Friday evening the Probation officer (child protection) from Kotido (that is more North) came with two little children. He works among the Karamjong, that is a Nomad tribe (like the Masai in Kenya). He asked our help for those little ones. Left is Sabine, she is 3 weeks old (and twice the size of our 6 weeks old Eunice), she was born in the bush and her mother got a tear, which started to become infectious, she must have terrible pains. They are not lightly to go to the hospital, so in the end the mother committed suicide, she couldn't bear it any longer, she was only 22 years old. The boy on the right picture is around 4 or 5 months old. His mother was attacked by a snake and she died. The children will be with us for 2 or 3 months. The Probation officer will relocate the children among their relatives. The little boy cried the first night, but now he smiles a lot and he loves the milk and the porridge we give him.
So things are happening, we said goodbye to Willemijn, who flew back to Holland, Simon is still busy with the hospital building, which is going really well. In Amecet we are building a lightening protector on our building and the schools will start their one month holiday this week. I am feeling much stronger and I am back full swing!!!

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