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!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Where children can shine again...

This is text on our brochure: A shelter where children can shine again!
This is what we would love to see: children who are shining again! 6 days ago the police brought a little girl, very sad, weak and some cuts on her head. The story was that the mother and her boyfriend lock the child up in the house with some food and then go their way. The child is malnourished and just very sad, when you see her, you just feel for her, she looks so sad and depressed. I took this first picture just 3 days ago, she just wanted to sit on your lap and she did not play or talk. We went to the police, Simon went to see the mother and we got information from the neighbours, the police and the Local leader in their area. Then he went to talk with the Probation office and they went together again to the mother.

 Last night there was a clan/neighbourhood meeting and they would decide if the child was going back to the mother or not. The decision, made by the mother and her uncles and agreed by the community is that they will not take the child back. Today Simon drove with the Probation officer and the mother to their village, to talk with the family/clan there and they all agreed: nobody wanted to take care of the little girl. So Miriam, that is the name of the girl stays in Amecet until we have found a family who want to adopt her. We know now that she is around 2 years old, we tested her, she is HIV-!! 
 This picture I took today, she is shining!!! She is walking around and starts to play. It is such a encouragement to see this little girl already changed! I am sure that God has a plan for her!!
When we talk about shining children... I couldn 't hold this picture from you! This is Michel, he is with us for more than one year. He has cerebral damage, maybe after cerebral malaria??  He was left behind in the outpatient department of Soroti Hospital. He has come a long way... And this boy can smile!!!! When you call him, he starts smiling already. Honestly, we do not have a good plan for him, he also needs adoption, I know that God has a plan with him too. For now , we enjoy his beautiful smiles!!!! (even when they are sometimes snotty!)

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