Yesterday, on Monday, was the big move..... Whole of Amecet had to move into Amun.... For the people who don't know: Amecet ministry has two homes, Amecet and Amun. Amun was in the past a home for older children, but because of the changes in the government and we also felt that it is not helping the children very much, when they are for longer time in an institution, we closed the Amun home for children. We use the home for staff housing and we have the Amun week (a training and encouragement week for HIV+ children) every year in the home. Of course we have organized and prepared the move before that. Here some pictures which shows the Big Move.......
The older children were bringing their clothes to Amun themselves: from left to right:
Abraham, Anna Grace, Humphrey, Charles, John and Charles.
The new children beds are being made ready the day before, ready for the babies....
The living room empty and stripped. Jackson didn't understand what was going on.. Where were the chairs and the toys? He cried a lot on Monday, but the next day he was fine!
All the bedsheets and mosquito nets were taken outside. A lot of laundry, but many hands make the job light, there were 6 people washing the laundry....
The moment was there, all the auntie carrying a baby, walked out the gate of Amecet.
They walked along the fence of the neighbours towards Amun.
And into Amun they went......
The babies were laid into their new little beds (thanks to Lisanne and her family/friends).
The toddlers beds were also made up and waiting for the toddler's after lunch nap. It has not been easy to make those beds, we wanted them higher, so that it is safe when the child stands in its bed. And we wanted the front part going down, so that we can take the child easily in and out the bed. With pictures from Internet the welders were able to make it in the way we can use it.
This is the medical room, we made that ready before the move. And we already needed it!! Our Ugandan nurse Deborah is treating little Susan, who fell sick the evening before. She took her to the clinic for testing and she has a very bad malaria, Susan needed IV injections. She was really sick, but she responded very well on the medication, today she was already playing around.
Elias and Emmanuel are still busy painting a bathroom. We made one big bathroom from two small ones. They look very cute in their light blue coat. Simon was very busy in Amecet. Every thing was going to be taken out of the house, we store it under the shelter where we normally park the cars, covered with plastic for the rain. And still many things were laying everywhere. There is also still stuff in the wardrobes, but we are locking them and taping them with tape (against the dust). Simon carried, together with Calvin and David all the beds and cabinets and tables outside.
I was walking today through the empty rooms, with mixed feelings. memories about children we had fight for and whom we lost, others who had recovered so beautifully and are back in their families. I am so thankful to God, for all what He has done in this Home, There have been very difficult and painful times, but through it all, we could see His hand supporting us! And now we are getting an opportunity to repair and renovate this special home!!! So more can be done for children and for His glory!
The empty kitchen, this is a room which really need repair and painting. I am looking forward to it!!
This is the outside kitchen in Amun. Beatrice and Pauline are preparing for supper.
Our Kitchen Queen, auntie Grace ready for cooking. We have big round stoves in which we place the charcoal and the pots will be on top. We use special made charcoal, so not made from wood, but from sawdust and other waste.
Amun home doesn't have a big veranda like Amecet home. We always sit outside on the veranda, to feed the babies and to play with the children. We use in Amun the hut, it is also rebuild, after the fire we had last year. And it is a nice place to sit and feed the babies. The toddlers are playing around and there is a lot of talking and laughter..
There is still a lot to do, we are constant looking for things, because the division in the Amun home is so different from Amecet home. But in a couple of days, I believe, everything has found its place and things will flow....