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!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sad news for baby Esther

We get sometimes babies in Amecet, who are found, and we don't have any background information. We take the baby to the doctor and we also do a HIV test, we can do this test when the baby is 6 weeks old, but we also start directly with giving the baby ARV medicines, in case the baby was infected by the mother with HIV. This test at 6 weeks is an important test, it shows if there is HIV in the blood of the baby. We also do this when a baby is brought and the mother had died after the delivery. Sometimes the family has no idea if the mother is HIV positive or negative. To be at the safe side, we give the medicines and do the test after 6 weeks. Little baby Esther was again a different story. Her mother came to Amecet, very weak and also sick. She wanted us to take her 2 week old baby. We asked her to come back with letters and a family member. She came back the next day with the letters and telephone numbers. We took little Esther in, this would give the mother a chance to rest and think about her own health. She came to visit once, she told us that she had been sick and was even admitted in the hospital. She was so happy to see her daughter and she sat with her for hours... Esther is struggling with life, she was not gaining, not drinking well, she had blood transfusion, which did her good, she was stronger after that. She weighs now 2.8 kg and she is 2 months and 1 week old. because of the HIV status of the mother, we also gave Esther ARV´s and at 6 weeks, we did the special test... yesterday I got the result, it was not good, she is HIV+ and today I took her to the HIV clinic. She was given now the full dose of a combination of 3 drugs, twice every day!! They took a blood sample and we hope that the medicines will going to help her. I am fallen in love with this little girl, I am not surprised that she is positive, seeing her struggles in life, but I had hope, maybe...  I have called the family, also to ask how the mother is doing, they told me that the mother was weak, they promised that they will try to come and visit Esther. Please pray for this little precious baby....
Now another subject.. I went this afternoon to Amecet, to see the work in the kitchen. And I want you to see it too!!! They are doing the tiles at the wall and it looks so good! The whole kitchen will have tiles up to the ceiling, don´t you think that is so beautiful?? and also easier to clean :)

The Dutch klussen team is back in Holland, but we have now people working to finish everything, so that we can move back into Amecet. Hopefully before our 15th Amecet birthday.
One of the people who help us is Joseph, the carpenter (no, not from Nazareth, but from Soroti). Joseph has been working with us for many years, he has been there when we started to build Amecet, so he knows us and we love him to work with us. he is a very good carpenter! He is making new cabinets for the medical room, it will be so much easy to work there when it is finished...

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