I have been quiet lately, not writing the Blog, but that doesn't mean that we were resting, far from that. I have been very busy and feel a bit exhausted. I had also malaria again, but it seems that the treatment worked, so that is much better. We have had several issues with our staff, which was not easy, Simon, Elias and me have had many talks with different staff members and I think that we have solved the issues. We had to ask some staff to leave Amecet, so it was a difficult week and I didn't feel like writing.
But now things are better, we even have already some new staff members and we go for it again!
Today it was a Exodus day, 4 children left Amecet to live again together with their relatives. I feel always good when children go back home, we did our job and it gives space for new children again. (which is good because we are quite full with baby's).
The auntie of Alphonse came for him. You can read how Alphonse came to us in the blog of Aug. 15. He has tripled his weight and he is now a cute smiling baby. If you see our blog of aug. 15, you can see how he looked by that time, he weight only 1.3 kg! And he cried so much!!!I feel our mission is accomplished, the aunt looks like a caring sweet lady, he will be fine!!!!
Then this afternoon: we have 4 children in Amecet via the Probation officer from Kotido, this is in Karomoja, north of Soroti. I wrote in the blog of Aug. 1 about the arrival of Sabina and Oduodo. They are both from the Nomad tribe in Karomoja, later we received two more children, all via the Probation office in Kotido. All children had lost their mothers and needed some place to recover to get back on track. All four children are doing very well, one we want to keep a little longer, but three of them were very ready to go back.The Probation officer organised the three grandmothers to come and receive the baby's back. That is what happened this afternoon.
Here you see the three grandmothers with the children, left Oduone, middle is Timothy and at the right is Sabine. The grandmother of Sabine was a real Karomajong, with the bracelets and necklaces.
The grandmother of Sabine didn't want to take Sabine at first, this was not her granddaughter!!! She had a funny head and she was brown and not black! She was looking at her, looked at her ears and arms, no this was not her granddaughter. Most of the staff can't speak the Karomajong language, so we had to see, who among us could do the best. We tried to explain her that she was brown because sitting on the veranda and not in the sun, that it was really Sabine. It was very funny, the lady was also very stubborn and everybody tried to convince her that this was Sabine, only a bit fatter!
At the end she believed it, we gave the three ladies a meal, enough milk with them for the trip, and some clothes, mosquito net and porridge flour, soap and sugar. Then the car of Kotido came to pick them and they left for the 6-7 hour journey to Kotido, over a very bad road. they will reach there after midnight!!