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!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gone for a break....

When you read this blog, I (Els) am gone for a break to Holland. I really felt that I was getting tired and since there are people who can take over for a while, it seems to be the right thing to do. It was hard with my girls, Mary, the oldest, is in her exam year, she is in boarding school and the was no way that she could come (now or some time later) also for Sarah it was too difficult, so I am with the two youngest children, Helen and Catherine.
I will return to Amecet at the end of August, in the mean time, we will enjoy our time, rest and visit friends, go for a doctor check up ect... Helen has a task from school, so we do have some work to do...
Please keep checking this blog, we keep you updated with the things in and around Amecet, my colleagues Dominique and Janneke will write the stories! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014


 Friday a new boy came into Amecet. His name is Sam. Sam was brought to police because his mother is not taking care of him very well. His has jiggers all over his hands and feet. I have never seen a case that looks as bad as this one.
 Jiggers are a parasite who go under your skin and lay eggs there. These eggs make worms again and so on. If you don't treat this it can destroy your toes. Sam had so much pain from them he didn't sleep the whole night.
Normally, Simon is always the one to remove them. But Sam had so many and they were so deep that is was simply to painful to remove them. So yesterday I went to the doctor, who is our neighbor. We decided to put Sam under total anesthesia and then remove all the jiggers. As you see in the picture we did it outside!! this is because everybody is scared that the jiggers will spread. So we placed a gurney behind the clinic and the nurse gave Max the medication to put him to sleep.  I had the whole time one hand on his chest and one on his pulse to check if he still had a normal heard beat and regular breathing. Because no one here really checks that. The nurses had to work for 2.5 hour on his feet and we are still not completely done yet. There were simply too many. So we will continue on Tuesday.
 The nurses and the doctors didn't expect Sam to walk soon because of his wounds. Sam slept the rest of the day up till he started playing this morning. Sam loves cars and when he thought I was going with the car, I couldn't believe how fast he was following me!! Even as I write this I see him jumping on the trampoline! I think his pain is not more than he already was used to.

 You see how he is playing on the picture. He still has a few tough moments coming. Please pray that he is able to manage the pain and that his feet will heal well. The police forced the mother to clean her compound, clean her children, remove all jiggers, and wash all the clothes. Simon will check on the house soon and help her clean the place.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Max is swinging on the music.

Max is not doing so well, we had to give him a NG tube, because he refuses to eat and he spit everything out.
He is 11 years old, so it is not easy to do this with a big boy like him. Of course he doesn't like the tube and he work is now to try to get it out. He can't hold things anymore, so he just moves his hand up and down. It is sad to see him going backwards like this, his weight is now 15 kg!
It seems that he has no pain, but he is sometimes shouting or moaning.
But yesterday we discovered something......... he loves music!!! And he starts smiling and moving his head  a bit on the rhythm. Janneke puts now her I-pad next to his head, he especially likes the music of a Christian group Trinity.
And when Janneke start dancing next to him, he really laughs! Good that we can make him smile and a bit happy!