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!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Party time....for Gabdesia!!!

 Today we celebrated Gabdesia's birthday!!! She is 14 years now! It is really worth a party, there were times we thought she would not make it until this day! But she is stronger now, the NG tube is out, she is gaining! Every day another little step!!! It is good to celebrate those steps.
 Gabdesia is happy and enjoying this special day!
We pray many more candles will be blown in the coming years for Gabdesia!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Collins suffering has come to an end..

This afternoon Collins passed away. His suffering is over... In the morning I went with him to the doctor in Bethesda hospital. His blood levels were much improved and he needed no more blood transfusion at the moment. But the doctor was very concerned about his heart, for heart failure. She heard murmurs in his heart. So we got some change in medication and in his intake of milk and fluids and we came back home, to review in one day again. Th whole day he did not bad, it looked even if he was more alert, but this afternoon his heart just stopped...... and it was over!
The situation is difficult, both of his parents are in the police cells. the Police officer who heads the family office in the Police, came even in the afternoon to see how he was doing.
I feel sad, at the other hand I really believe that God brought this little boy into Amecet for his last days, He didn´t want him to die by himself, alone in the hut. His mother had abandoned him for two days and when they brought him to Amecet, he was already  in a serious condition. We were able to minister to him, to pray, talk and sing for him. he didn´t want to be hold, I think that was painful for him, but we could hold his hand or touch his face. 
We have been a doorway to Heaven for him!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two sad story's about suffering children..

Last week we received a call about a child who really needed help. It was far, 1,5 hour drive, so Simon went the next day and found the family. The mother was very sick and the little boy was very malnourished and sick. He brought the baby, Jackson to Amecet. He was never tested, but his mother is very sick of AIDS. There is a big chance that Jackson is also HIV+. He is coughing bad, so the chance of having TB is also there. Many tests were done, and we know now that it is probably no TB, he is on antibiotics now. The HIV test is done, we have to wait for the results. But with love and attention he is already doing so much better!!! The mother was hiding, she didn't want anybody to know, but it could have cost the life of this beautiful little one!
Then on Sunday afternoon 2 ladies walked into the Amecet compound, carrying a small boy of 11 months old. The story was that he was abandoned by his mother in the house for 2 days. They (the neighbours) took the child out of the house and went to the police. The police wrote a letter to us with the request to care for the baby, while they were looking for the mother...
 The baby was swollen and when we gave him a bath, he just stopped breathing... Janneke ran with him to the clinic, next door. And there they found out that the sugar level in the blood was extremely low, he was just going into a coma. After giving juices and sugar he was doing better. We did more blood tests and urine test and he was just so sick of starvation...  A schedule was made to give every 2 hours milk by NG tube, his mouth is full of wounds. It seemed that it went fair,..
In the meantime, Simon and Elias went after the mother as well. And they found both parents, alive and very well!!! At the moment they are not so well, because the police took them both into the cells. 
The condition of the boy, we know his name now, Collins is not getting better, his breathing is not good and his hands and feet are very swollen and cold. Janneke took him to another clinic, Bethesda Hospital, here in Soroti. The doctor examined him and again blood tests were done, this time his HB was very low, while we had done it on Sunday evening and it was okay. He needed to get blood transfusion as soon as possible. Janneke got blood for him at the main hospital, thank God that there was blood!!!!
She came home with the blood and Collins and he was hooked up.  We gathered together around him and prayed for him, for God's healing power and also against all the rejection he had suffered from. That he will have the spirit to fight!!
His poor swollen legs, painful and cold, his hands are also swollen en cold. This little man went trough a lot already and he has still a long ways to go! Please pray for him, that the blood transfusion helps him.
This are just two stories from children who came in Amecet during this last week, Pray for the staff, we have a lot of little baby's now.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Who knows Margaret (not her real name??)

In our Blog from June 19, I wrote about the tracing of two girls, who were both brought to Amecet by the Police. One of them was picked by the parents, after someone saw the picture and called them. But the other girl is still with us. She must be around 3 years old and at first we thought that she didn't understood Ateso, the local language from here, but she does, we don't know her name, she said something like" Margret", but not really.. We call her now Margaret and she reacts...
She was left behind in a local bar, somewhere in Soroti. So Simon went there to ask about the mother, they didn't know her, she just left her child and disappeared!! The people in the bar said that she mighthave come from Kumi, a town 45 minutes drive from Soroti. 
We have put her in the local newspaper, we did radio calls, nothing, no reaction!
So yesterday, Simon went to Kumi, he went there to the local radio station for radio calls and he has been putting posters on different places in Kumi.

At the hand wash stand from the restaurant....

At the shoe repair shop and the airtime kiosk....

The local hang-out places....

At the public notice board....

At the bicycle taxi stand.....

At the Health Centre....

We hope and pray that there is some one who knows Margaret and can direct her to her family.....

Saturday, July 4, 2015

An update..many stories...

 I haven't written much about the children, but today some short news updates about some of them: We went to visit Richard in the village. We brought him to his grandparents 4 weeks ago and we were anxious to know how it went. It is far, 2 hours drive, deep in the village, but our team came back with good news!! Richard is happy, he gained (!!) and the family is doing well with him, they care and like him!!
 Last week we got a new born baby, very small and he looked a bit yellow. Now we do have an incubator, but no special lamp for the yellowness So Janneke got our incubator outside, with the cable through the window and Lawrence in the morning sun. Lawrence is not doing so well, he is not drinking well, can't regulate his body temperature so good, so we helped him... we had to take his temperature many times, and he got warm, so we took him back inside. But it was a creative idea! 
 Catherine came by with her baby Theo! She is doing so well and the blood results from Baby Theo came back negative, so we are happy for them. He was a small baby, but he is really gaining and she is a wonderful mother!!
 This is baby Dorcas, still feeling miserable, her mother abandoned her and we got the news that also the grandmother didn't want to care for her. She had oedema, the skin starts already peeling off and she is not drinking well, we had to give her a NG tube and a cannula for IV medication. She is doing better, and the grandmother came to see her, it was all wrong information, the grandmother was in the hospital caring for someone and this all happened at home. She is willing to care for Dorcas after Amecet. So we are happy that there is a home waiting for Dorcas when she is healthy and stable again!
Earlier this week a woman came with two baby's, together with 2 gentlemen, to Amecet. The baby's were twins and looked miserable. The story was that the mother died last week and the father had died when the mother has been pregnant, he was poisoned. The mother died from malaria. The lady was the sister from the late mother, the two men were uncles. they had no letter, no medical papers, there was a lot of confusion, After talking with them and getting some directions, we told them to go back home with the children, to pass by the health centre and come back with letters from the local counsellor and the medical papers. They left and promised to do so. Two days later, Simon and Emmanuel, decided to make a surprise visit to them.... He found out that the lady, who said that she was the sister, is the mother of the twins and the father was also around. Nobody had died, the grandmother felt very bad and ashamed about her daughter. The neighbours were all very upset about the mother, when you come in the village and you visit a home, all the close neighbours are coming to see who the visitor is who is coming in a car...  If the mother would have been honest  and asked for help, we would have given help. The grandmother understood the situation very well and will get involved in the care for the bay's. Our door is always and still open for them.... It is good to visit the homes to get the right story!!!!
Then I end this update with Emmanuel, he was brought into Amecet on 31st of December 2014. he was abandoned by his mother, who is mentally ill. You can read about this in the blog of January 1, 2015. He was a small baby of 1.8 kg.
The mother was HIV+ and we had fears that also Emmanuel might be HIV+, in the beginning he was not a very happy baby... But we did all the tests and he is HIV-!!! 
And this is Emmanuel now!!! He is almost always laughing, a very happy boy. They have been looking for his mother, but she has gone and never came back. We have been putting his picture in the newspaper several times, but nobody came. We are looking for a family for him, because he needs to belong in a family.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Staff Member Care..

Today we organised a Hepatitis B blood testing. We offered them testing and if they were  negative, the immunization for Hep. B. They are three injection with an interval of a month. Today was the first day, first the test and then the injection...... Janneke gives the example...
Peace gets here the testing first, a finger prick and then the injection in the left arm. 
 Martha doesn't like it, but wants to see what is going on...
 Emmanuel is scared, Janneke had to hold his hand..
 Elias is not scared... 
 Leya is taking it, it has to be done!
Also the people in the kitchen, the garden, everybody took our offer... Mary was very brave.
It will create a safer environment for the children and also for our selves. We do care for our staff, after the injection we  all got chocolate!!!