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!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bariki Bye Mary, Moses, Peter and Sagal......

Here we sing our goodbye song to Mary, Moses, Peter and Sagal (was on the empty little chair). They all left Amecet, with their new "forever" family. They are adopted to three families and left for Belgium. Amecet does give children sometimes for adoption, this is quite a process, it goes through the Probation office and the High Court of Uganda. It is the last thing we do, normally the children go back to their relatives, we search among their relatives to a fit person to care for the child, if the parents are not there or are not able to care for their child. If that doesn't work out, we look for a local, Ugandan family to foster and later adopt the child, if that also doesn't work out, we look to the international adoption, which we had to do in case of Mary, Moses, Peter and Sagal.
 Mary is 12 years old and we know her since 2008, when she came in Amecet for the first time. She was re-settled with her mother after some months, but her mother passed away in 2011 and because of the situation in her family, Mary came again in Amecet for some months. We keep in contact with the children who are HIV+, we visit them in their villages, when Mary was re-settled again, this time with her grandmother, we kept monitoring her. It did not go so well, we brought her back to her uncles, and that didn't work out, so we helped the grandmother, where she went back to. But things were not going well. Mary didn't go to school, was on the streets etc. We were worried about her. In October 2015, we took her back in Amecet. There was a family found for her in Belgium. It took still  9 months before it was all organized. Many trips to the village and a lot of paperwork. But now she is gone with her new mother. They lived for some time together here in Soroti, while waiting for the High Court, but she is very happy. We are also very happy for Mary, she has a future ahead of her...
Moses and Peter are twins. They came into Amecet in October 2015. You can read their story in the blog of October 2, 2015. It was impossible to re-settle them back with their relatives. Their mother is always "on the road". It was endangering the life of the children, to bring them back to her (which she didn't want), also relatives were not able or willing. We also had the solution of international adoption. This Belgium family is thrilled to take them into their home and heart. They are bonding well and we feel they are the right people for the boys!
Sagal was very weak and sick when he came into Amecet, you can read about that in the blog of 28th of August 2015. He picked up good and is a cute, stubborn little boy. he knows what he wants and what he doesn't want!! When he saw his new parents, he was happy and he knows that they love him and will care for him, from now on. Sagal's situation was also difficult, no one in his family was willing to care for him and because of his status, he needs a home which is able to care for him.  We wish him and his new parents blessings and I would love to see this little man in a couple of years!!!!! With his sweet smile, he has a way with people.....

We will miss the children, they were with us for quite a while, but we are thrilled that they have a family, a place where they belong and.... we keep in touch with them!

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