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, February 23, 2016

The Ugandan "Theo and Els"...

Sometimes you have plans or dreams for people, and then it goes completely different. As most of you know, we had a second home (Amecet n' Amun) where the older HIV+ children lived. They were going to school and they were trained in taking their ARV's medicines every day. All those children lived first in our first home, Amecet n'ainapakin. They came in sometimes very sick and I have sat many hours with very sick children. When the ARV's came, we could see such a change in the children, they started to play and they could make it to school.
We still have a lot of contact with all these children, many of them are  adults by now and they do well in life! A number of them are still studying for nurse, teacher, lab technician, some of them did a life skill course like tailoring, hair dresser or welder. Last year I wrote about one of the girls who got pregnant, Catherine's baby was born on April 23, 2015, you can read about that in the blog of that day. Later that year we heard about one of the other girls, Dinah, who also got pregnant and send away from school. Of course this was not our choice for them, they made their own choice and have to live with the consequences now. Catherine is gone back to her family, her uncle helps her. Dinah has been living the last months back with her mother in the village. Her baby was born 2 weeks ago. Today they came together to Soroti, Catherine has been staying with Dinah to help her. And it is so good to see what a great mother Catherine has become... she is crazy about her little boy, whom she called Theo, after my brother. She said that she is so thankful and that she got so much help and support from Holland, so she named her boy after a Dutch guy, my brother, she has met some times. Dinah's baby is still small, but has gain 500 gram in almost 2 weeks, she is doing well, And guess what name Dinah gave her little girl???? yes, Els. So today Theo and Els came to visit us!!!
We have to see how we can help them in the future, for now they do very good as mothers. Theo has been tested and is HIV-, Catherine was very happy with that result, for Dinah's baby it is too early to test, but she got ARV's for the baby and when she is 6 weeks old, they come for the test.

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