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!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Adoption - Reunion

Amecet is not an orphanage, but we do get many children who are orphan or abandoned. As Amecet, we want to bring the children back to their families, we don't want to have them in Amecet for a long time. So we do work at their resettlement, within 2 months. If the child is emotionally and physically fit to leave, we would like the child to resettle within their family clan. But we also get children who are left behind in the hospital, on the road, or are found in the bush or something.... Simon and Elias (our social workers) try to trace their relatives. We start with a advert in the local newspaper, we ask around, we hang sometimes folders with a picture of the child. If nothing works....... if we don't find any relative, the child is than ready for adoption. We go first for the local adoption, so the child will stay in their own culture and country. As for now we have around 38 children who went for adoption, out of Amecet. Some international adoption, some to foreign families who are living in Uganda, but most of them went to Ugandan families. Today we invited 19 families to come with their children, to Amecet.
It was wonderful to see the children again and especially to see that they all do so well. The Probation Officer Mr. Ekallam was there, he spoke to them. Some of the parents shared some issues, but there was no parent who had difficulties with the children, beside the normal issues. 
In the mean time took Elias the older children to talk with them separate, to ask their opinion and experiences. That also came out good. We want to help the families to get the legal documents for their children, we are going to connect them with an organisation of lawyers, who help people for free with their legal issues, when they can't afford it. It will be so good for the future of the children, when this is all arranged well. 
Ofcourse it all brought back memories.... Some of the children have been so sick, while they were in Amecet, but when you see that they are healthy and happy,  it is worth all the struggle and hard work!

This is Moses The picture at the left is from March 2011, when Moses was found in an old pighouse, under some plastic bags. There is a long story, they found his mother and we tried to resettle him with his relatives. This didn't work out and now he is adopted and is almost 4 years old. The picture at the right shows how he is now. A very cute little man!

March 2013 the twins Augustin and William were brought to us, They were abondened by their mother. We found their relatives in the village, but they were not willing to take the two boys  (2 years old). The boys were very malnourished and one of them missed his eye. Now they are adopted in to a wonderful family, their father came with them. They were smart in their school uniform. These boys have a future ahead of them!!!!!
We ended the meeting with a lunch and everybody went back home. We want to organize, together with the Probation Office, more meetings like today. It will be good to advise and support the foster/adoption parents more. With the legal issues, but there are lots of others issues where they would like to have advise about. We see more Ugandan families, willing to open their heart and home for children who are in need. And it works well, that was proven today!!! And I am so happy, to see all those children again, such an encouragement to go on, we have a mission.........

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