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, September 3, 2014

When it rains, the garden must be ready...

I first want to let you know that I (Els) am back in Soroti. I have had a very good break, longer than my usual vacation, time to rest, visit old friends and enjoy the life in Holland!
It has been very busy in Amecet and very quiet in this Blog. My colleagues were so busy and they had not much time over to write in the blog, our apologies for this.
 I will try to bring you up to date, lots of things happened, so check on us in the coming days.......

It is raining quite a lot in Uganda, that might mean a good harvest coming up... The people start preparing their gardens and as Amecet we also play a role in that. We have a group of grandmothers of children who have been living with us for a while, most of them are HIV+ and have lost their parents due to AIDS. To help their grandmothers, we provide them with seeds, so the family has enough to eat and sometimes even can sell their crops. Simon and Elias have been busy the last couple of days, providing the families with seeds.
 This grandmother cares for her grandson, she is a sweet old lady and is always so excited about the seeds we give. When we visit her on other times, she always shows us her garden.
We not only give to grandmothers, this is Susan, a 15 year old mother The seeds help her to provide for her and her son.
Around 10 years ago, Martha lived in Amecet. After she became more strong and healthy, we resettle her to her grandmother and her aunt. The seeds help the family now for many years to survive.
 We do also work with the grandfathers, this is Isaak's grandfather, happy with the seeds.
 Ivan's grandmother is cripple, but together with her grandsons she is able to work in her garden.
 When we have enough funds, we give also other help to the grandmothers. In the past, we gave a goat, orange trees, a plough and a bull and one year we gave a cow to the every family. Mary Christine shows here her last calf, she has in total 4 cows now. They look very well after the animals and it is a big investment for the family.
Evelyn gets her seeds from Elias. Evelyn lost her parents and lives now with her brother and sister. There is some family living around them, who keep an eye on them, but the seeds mean a lot to them!
This grandmothers project is a very vital part of our ministry, we help the families to be stronger and able to look after their own children.

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