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, January 23, 2018

Patrick has a future....

 Yesterday, the Probation Officer (child protection) came to Amecet to give Patrick to his new parents!!! We are so happy that also this sad story has a happy ending.

Patrick was left alone in the market street in Soroti (Sept.2017), he was found at 11 pm at night by a boda boda driver. The first picture (left) was taken around that time. Patrick was malnourished, sick and very miserable. His right side was very swollen, we were advised to take him to Kampala, to the heart institute, to see if his heart was affected. That was all fine, the doctors couldn't find anything wrong, only severe malnourished. We could take care of that.... just see the second picture (right), he has gained so much, almost too much!! Another aspect we were worried about was the emotional side, he refused to talk to anyone. We heard him sometimes talk to himself, when he was in bed, but as soon as someone came into the room, he stopped. That aspect has also improved, he does talk, sing, shout to people. He is such a happy, friendly boy. During the last months, our social workers, Simon and Elias have been searching for his relatives, with newspaper adds, posters, going after tips, but nothing came out. So with the permission of the Probation Office we looked for a family who was willing to foster and later adopt him. And yesterday was the big day, the Probation Officer came to hand him officially over to his new parents. 
 They are happy with him and I believe they will love him and raise him up. We already miss him, but Patrick has now a place where he belongs and we were happy to be there for him in that time of need. Now he can go on, he has a future!!

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