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, January 13, 2016

Uncle Elias got a namesake...

Several of the babies went back to their relatives in the last 2 weeks! It is always a joy to see them go, of course there is a part in me that worries a bit.... Most of those babies lost their mother just after their birth. To come home in the village without a mother to care for them is not the ideal situation, but it is so good to bring the baby back where he or she belongs. In the midst of the siblings and you just pray that it will go well. Most of the time the grandmother is there or an auntie. 
Today I was so blessed to see Lisa go home. It was a sad way how she came into Amecet. Her mother had become pregnant while she was still in school, she was only 20 years. She died after the delivery. And she never mentioned the name of the father of the baby. The grandparents brought the baby to Amecet, they called the little girl Baselisa, after the grandmother... We called her Lisa in short. Today the grandmother came to pick her namesake to take her home. I really liked the grandmother, such a sweet lady and so happy to take her granddaughter home. She came together with her sister. No I have no worries about Lisa, she will be loved and cared for!!!
Yesterday I got a phone call from the Police in Katakwi, a District north of Soroti. There was a baby found in town, if we could help?? I told them to come with the baby and all the details they had, and a letter of referral from the Police. Today the baby arrived, the lady who found the baby brought him. She had gone for water to the borehole at 5 am and she heard the baby cry. They think that the baby had not been laid at the side of the road long, he was not cold. But what a risk, there could have been animals, it was still dark at that time. the lady had not seen anybody... She went to the Police later and they asked her to keep the baby, while they were trying to find the mother. the lady took the baby, but she had also a child of 18 months herself and couldn't care longer for the baby. The Police had not found anybody yet... So that is how the baby came to Amecet. It is a small, cute baby boy, he is already 13 days old and his weight is only 2.3 kg. Who can put such a beautiful baby at the road side, she must have been very desperate....
We took him to the doctor, he got his first immunization and then we needed to find a name! we always let the family find the name, but in this case there was no family, so Elias felt that we had never had a child in Amecte with his name, so...Elias got his namesake!! All the auntie clapped for him while he was carrying him. We pray that he will drink well and starts to gain and that we find his family or a new family for him!!!

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