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, August 15, 2017

Three mini baby's.......

We have three very small baby's in Amecet. Two of them are under 2 kg and one just got last week over 2 kg. They are so vulnerable and so small. All three of them lost their mother after the delivery. In the middle is Jean, she is the biggest, but she is already 3 weeks old and she is the baby who just went over the 2 kg. We were very excited, because she was gaining too slow. We had to feed her by NG tube for more than a week, she was just too weak to drink, but now she can drink on her own again and she is gaining! Then we have Vincent, at the right  (sorry, he is dressed in pink), Vincent came to Amecet only 2 days ago, but he was already 11 days old. Also his mother died and he was fed for those 11 days only on sugar water...... He is malnourished and still weighs less than he birth weight. But he drinks well and I believe he will pick up, his weighed was only 1.8 kg At the left is Jesca, she was born one month premature and weighs only 1.7 kg. Also her mother died, there was a emergency Cesarean operation necessary, the mother had pre-eclampsia, but she didn't come well out of the operation and passed away. The first day Jesca drank a bit, but it was not enough, the drinking took a lot of energy and we gave her a NG tube, to help her getting enough feeding. When you see them laying on this picture, they are so cute, but so vulnerable. We have to stay alert all the time, please pray for these three mini baby's.
I promised to keep you informed about Michel, (read my last blog) he has been operated Friday evening. The doctor thought, from what she saw on the X-ray, that the good bone was still strong enough, but when she was operating, she saw that the bone was more rotten then she expected. So the next day, Saturday, she operated him again, to put the metal on the legs with screws. The first two days were not easy, but by now he is smiling, talking and asking for his favorite foods. I made a schedule to be with him in the hospital and day and night, one of the aunties is with him. It was so sweet, today he told Deborah that he had now so many nice aunties, he really enjoys the care and attention. He is a sweet boy and very co-operative, that is good, because he has still a long way to go.
We hope that he can come home to Amecet, this week. But those metals and screws have to stay in his leg for at least 8 weeks. Please keep Michel in your prayers.
Then I want to share with you a sad news: yesterday we got the phone call that Nathan had passes away. Nathan has been in Amecet last year and he was re-settled with his family. I wrote about his mother in the blog of 25/6/2017, his mother was one of the teenage mothers. They told us that he got a bad malaria and he died.. This morning, Simon brought a small coffin to the family, together with some posho and beans. We know Nathan as a sweet boy, he was handicapped and it was not so easy to get contact with him, but he changed a lot during his time in Amecet.
Dear Nathan, may You rest in peace and enjoy the beauty and love of Heaven.....

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Arrivals....

This is Jesca, she was brought yesterday, at the end of the afternoon. She was born earlier that morning. Her mother passed away after the Cesarean operation. Very sad, Jesca was born premature and her weight is 1.7 kg. Jesca drinks good and is very alert, as you can see! I love the little cap the staff had put on her, it suppose to be a dolls cap, but Jesca is so small, it keeps her head warm!!  
This is Michel, he was brought to Amecet 2 days ago. His family neglected him terrible. He is HIV+ and has a wound at the back of his left leg. There is an infection inside of his leg, they told us that it is like that for two years now. Pus is coming out, so Michel often had to sleep outside, in the bush, because the wound was smelling. Michel is 7 years old and such a sweet, kind boy. This child has suffered so much.... I don't know what is all in front of us, but I knew that we would take him in Amecet and we will see.... Yesterday we took him for X-rays of the leg, and we didn't get good news. He broke his leg, (upper femur) two years ago and got an infection. It devellopped into osteomyelitis. The only way was to operate his leg and get the old bone out and clean the infection... The doctors, we saw, told us that it was a big infection. last evening we had an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, but after more than one hour waiting we heard that she was still out and we could come back the next day at 8 am. So today at 8 am we were in the clinic again, she looked at Michel and the X-ray and told us that they could help him... we came back to the clinic a bit later and Michel was admitted in the ward. We decided we would take a small room for him alone, to make the chance smaller that he would get infections.

Our nurse, Deborah was sitting with him on the room, normally the family members are with the patient, but now we have to stand in for them. They waited for the doctor the whole afternoon, Michel hungry, as he was not allowed to eat. At the end of the evening I went to pick Deborah and bring Peace, one of the staff members, to stay the night with him. Cathy and Sarah came with me, Cathy wanted to bring him an orange, but I had to explain that that would not be a good idea, since Michel was hungry, but not allowed to eat, so she brought a drawing instead. Michel is on IV drip, still waiting for the doctor, I just called Peace right now (8.30 pm) and she told me that they just took him to theatre for the operation. please pray with us for Michel.. I will let you know how he is doing..

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Who will stand up for the children???

I feel upset and I feel angry....... We have some children in Amecet at the moment, who are neglected and abandoned by their own parents...  If I see the suffering of these children, I feel angry, why are these people not caring for their own children? They might not be rich, they might not have always food to give them, but they must have a heart??????
We have a baby who was stolen from the mother, she was actually stolen by her friend, the friend is now in prison, but there was even doubt if the one who said that she was the real mother, was also not the real mother. It took some investigation and we know now that she is the real mother.
We have a girl of 11 months old, who was brought very sick and malnourished, the mother had died of HIV/AIDS. We took the child is, she was sick in the beginning, very sick, we also tested her and she is not HIV infected, So that is so good. Now we contacted the family that it is time for her to go back home, we visited them, and they promised to come for her, they have been promising it for weeks now..... Our Social workers went again to the village and after asking around they found out that the mother is not dead, she was the person who brought her to Amecet, telling us that she was the auntie. They all kept lying and lying and not willing to care for this beautiful little girl.
A boy of 7 years, was brought by community workers, yesterday. The father is neglecting him and he has a wound at the back of his leg for more than 2 years... We took him for X-ray, he has chronically Osteomyelitis, needs a complicated, orthopedic-surgical operation, he might even loose his leg....
I just get a phone call from the Probation Officer, there is a small 5 year old girl, who needs a place... The Police found her in town, this might be not so complicated???
We have a baby born in the village, the mother has a mental illness, so the family brought the baby to Amecet for the first months, now the family decided that they can't or they do no want to care for the baby. We have to find a family who want to foster and adopt her.

Please pray for those children, for their families and also for us. I feel emotional at the moment, besides those few I wrote about, we have more stories...... God knows them all, and he loves them, pray that He might use us to help some of them......

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Before and after Grace....

Grace went home today, her father came to pick her. You can read her sad start in life on the blog of June 4th. but today was an happy day for us. Grace is doing so well, I looked for the same little cap I put on her head on June 4! As you see, it doesn't fit anymore!!!! She was 1.8 kg when she came and now her weight is 4.3 kg. She is healthy and laughing. It also gives us much joy!!

 It is a privilege to see a baby come in, very small and weak and just 2 months later you can give the baby back to the father, smiling and healthy! We pray that her family will be able to care for her and we pray that God will provide for them!

Monday, July 31, 2017

We see progress!!!!!!

At the moment, we have 5 children in Amecet who are getting the ARV medicines. This means that they are HIV+ and getting the medicines to slow down the growth of the HIV virus. If you read our blog regular, you know that we have lost several of the older HIV+ children. They were just too sick, didn't want to take their ARV's at home and got resistant. Those 5 children are doing well, except  we have worries about Jennifer (in front at the right) she doesn't want to eat and we have to give her a NG tube. But she is happy and plays games with the other children, it is only the eating, she is not gaining at all. 

 This is Kenneth, he came to Amecet in June and had many wounds, was sick and weak. But the medication for the wounds and other problems helped him, he gained one kg. a week and he started to go to our Harmony primary school. He loves to go and is doing well there, but see the difference in the two pictures!!! He is 11 years old.

Then Moses, the picture at the left was taken when he was just in Amecet. He is 7 years old and he was very miserable. Did not want to eat, was sick and angry. But also Moses started to gain, also one kg. a week. And he got more happy, we took the NG tube out and he ate very well. He saw a school bag in the office and decided that he also wanted to go to school. Since he never went to school, we talked with the headmistress of the Pre school and he is now in Top class. Look at the picture at the right, that was today, he was very proud that he had "homework"!! Later on he was crying, it took a while before we understood what the problem was: he homework was done and he wanted more!!!!!!
It makes me really happy when I see the children getting better, Also the other 3 children in the picture, Jackson, (left behind) is going to school and loves to write and play, Maliamu, (left at the front) She is 11 years old and is with us for one week, She might also be able to go to school soon, she is doing good and is a happy girl. My prayer is that Jennifer will also pick up and could go to school with the others, for now she is still too weak.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bye bye Mary.....

Mary was brought to Amecet in January 2017. Her mother had died of HIV/AIDS and also Mary was put on the ARV medicines. Mary had more complications, she seems to be blind and deaf as well. She was malnourished and it was not easy to get contact with her, she was 3,5 months old. We started with the malnutrition and took her for testing. the tests came back HIV negative, we were very happy, at least we could help with the proof of being HIV-!! When Mary was a bit stable, we took her to the special Eye Hospital in Tororo (2,5 hours drive). We had the feeling that she did see a little, we also got the feeling that she was responding on sounds... The eye doctor checked her eyes and found scars inside, but she said, that we could help her to train other nerves to take over the job, by stimulating her. we had to shine in her eyes, and move the light, trying to stimulating the brain to use other nerves to see. So we got a small flashlight and after every feeding, Mary got a time of training the eye with the flash light, also bright colors could help her. After 2 months we had to go back to the Eye Hospital and the doctor was very pleased. Mary could see!!! we could stop with the flash light, but continue with the bright colors and toys.... Mary started to crawl when she was 9 months old and when you called her name, she could hear and crawled to you. 
Yesterday Mary was picked by her uncle, she can crawl (pulling her self up to standing), she can see, she can hear and she is HIV negative........ We gave colorful toys home with her, and explained everything to the uncle. Mary has still a way to go, but she is well on her way!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teenage mothers deserve a second chance....

In March 2017, we met with some young teenage mothers. Two of them we knew, because their children were in Amecet and others came for out-patient help. We started with some meetings, asking them to share about their life, their struggles, their dreams. You can read that in the blog of March 8, 2017. We have been thinking how we could help them a bit "on their way". All of them don't get any help from the father of their baby and also their own family sometimes, let them fall.
 This is Brenda, the mother of Nathan, a handicapped boy, who was for some time in Amecet. Brenda was 13 when she got pregnant. She lives in the village with her mother, brother and 2 sisters. By having Nathan for a while in Amecet, the counselling of our Social workers is the mother of Brenda now more supportive towards Brenda. Brenda wanted to go back to the primary school, she stopped when she was pregnant and helped her family by selling tomatoes on the local market. You can read Nathan's story in the blog of November 24, 2016.
After talking with our Social Workers, the mother of Brenda, agreed that Brenda could go back to school, she would then look after Nathan in the time his mother was in school. On the picture, you see Brenda in her class (standing), she is in P4 and she is very happy that she could go back to learn. So Amecet helps with the school acquirement's and the family cares for Nathan!!
This is Rebecca, with her daughter Martha. Rebecca was 14 when she got pregnant and her baby was very malnourished/ She was in the hospital with the baby for many months... You can read her story in the blog of Febrauary 15, 2017. We visited her every week in the Feeding centre in the Hospital. But Rebbecca was giving up, it was too hard for her, she lost hope. Via the Social worker in the hospital, Martha was taken into Amecet. Our Social Workers went to see the Rebecca and her family in the village. After some talks and meetings we offered Rebecca, to come to our YWAM Primary school Harmony, to join P7 and so finishing her primary education. She was very happy and also her family stood behind this idea. Martha is still in Amecet, there are some complications with her health, but Rebecca is doing her exams this year.....
This is Tracy, her baby is 8 months old, we got to know her via our out-patients care. Tracy is now 16 years old. Her dream was to become a hair dresser. After some talks we could help her into a course to become a hairdresser. And here she is...practising her dream....
There are some other young mothers, we have contact with, but before we decide to help them, we have to have more talks with them and see how we can really help them. We believe in giving them another chance, but we do have to be also good stewards with the funds we get. And if the girls don't know what they want, we wait, we can only help them a bit on their way, but they have to really want to go for it.