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!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A busy Saturday...

It has been very busy, these last days. In the last blog I wrote about a 15 years old girl, who was brought by the police. She is resettled back to her mother, together with the Probation office and the Police. But the other 15 year old girl has arrived. She is pregnant and her boyfriend tried to kill her, to wipe away the evidence. She was cut badly by a panga, but she survived narrowly. Her left arm is paralysed, by the cuts in her shoulder and from the right hand she misses two fingers. She has scars all over her body and she is very traumatised. The Police asked us to care for her during her last months of her pregnancy, they fear for the baby and also for the mother. They live deep in the village, far from the health centre. We took her to the doctor, for check up and ultra sound. To see how old the baby is and if everything is okay with the baby. The expected due date is on November 10, the baby is fine, but very small. The mother has typhoid, so we are treating her for that. The problem is also the language barrier. She speaks only Kumam, in Amecet 4 staff speak this language, she is very "emotion less" a bit if nothing doesn't matter anymore. Yesterday I bought a dress for her and I got a very faint smile.It needs time, but I pray she will open up and start the emotional healing, the physical healing is going on, as you see the at the scars on the picture. We will also take her to the physiotherapy office in Soroti hospital, to see if we can help her with her left arm. It makes me so angry, when I see this girl, how can the father of this unborn baby do this???
Just now, as I am writing this, I was called to the veranda. The Probation officer was there with a lady, carrying a sick baby, she came walking from Orungo to town. Looking for help for her child. Orungo is at least 50 km from Soroti!! I brought her to our neighbouring clinic, in the hospital is it very hard to get a doctor on Saturday. I feel for this lady!
But we do have good news as well! William is doing very good, we started to give him milk, slowly, we began with 5 ml. per hour. There was no vomiting and normal stools (without blood). We are so happy, we almost fight to give him the bottle!!!  I was the lucky one here on the picture!

The father came to visit William this morning, together with the 11 year old sister of William. They were so happy to see him so much better. And also for us, to see their joy about the little man! It is all worth the struggle!

The family of Martin came to pick him today. The mother had died after giving birth, the father is very young, but the grandmother will help with the baby.  Moses, who left Amecet 2 weeks ago, came back. We had called the family, because we got only yesterday the result of the blood test. And now we know that this beautiful boy is HIV+. So sad, we have to go with him to the HIV clinic and he will start his ARV medicines. It would be better when we do that in Amecet, when he is stable with the medicines, he will go back to his family. It was nice to see him again, but we are very sad that he is HIV+.
We are now waiting for the teenagers, coming back from Jinja. Together with our staff Elias, they went to Jinja for a continuation of their Ang Tulay training. Via the telephone I have heard very nice stories, it will be great to see them again.
So is was again a busy Saturday!!!

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