Emmanuel Epietu was born on Christmas day, last year. On March 1, he was brought to the Police by "a good Samaritan" as the Police wrote in their referral letter to Amecet. He was in a bad shape, his weight was 2.6 kg (while 2.5 month old). The mother was later found by the Police, but disappeared again. She even never visited her son in Amecet.
We called him Epietu, because by that time we had already 2 Emmanuels in Amecet. Epietu was a very tense crying little boy. We heard from neighbours that he was most times left alone in the house, and hardly fed. He cried than for many hours, alone in the little hut.
We don't know where this little boy had gone through, but you just felt for him. He was always so tight and tense. Feeding was a problem, he didn't want the bottle and we tried out several cups until we found one that he would want to drink with. And even than, we had to take time and sometimes he just refused to drink. Slowly we saw a change, he could lay in his bed and not be all stretched and tense, he could grab a toy and he would start smiling a bit ( not to everyone). He started to respond when we called his name and we could see that there came a peace over him. His eyes were not big, wide open and fearful anymore.
In the meantime, our social workers, Elias en Simon, went to search for relatives and they found........the grandmother!!! She had been visiting Epietu several times now, she has been feeding him and we saw that it went really good. It is a sweet lady, who is very willing to care for her grandson. Her daughter, the mother of Epietu, is gone and she wants to take Epietu!!
Today was the day, I feel so happy about it, Epietu is smiling to her and I know that she will be caring and loving him. We prayed for them and she will come back every 2 weeks for check up and we will give porridge flour, sugar and soap to her.
Dear Epietu, we are so happy you got a loving grandmother and please keep smiling!!!!!