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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Visitors from Holland....

Last week we went to the airport in Entebbe to pick two visitors from the Netherlands: Theo van Teylingen and Cor de Rijke. They came to meet us and see the work afresh, they are part of the Dutch Foundation: de Figurant. Theo is also my brother, so it was for the girls and me a special week.... 
They were both staying in our home, so we started the busy week with a pancake breakfast in our garden! De Figurant has been a enormous blessing to Amecet, Theo speaks and sings a lot in churches and other groups, he always tells about Amecet, there are a lot of financial gifts for Amecet, coming in through the Figurant. They wanted to refresh their vision again, by seeing the ministry and visiting Amecet. As a leadership we have had 3 meetings with them, sharing the vision and discussing the future plans. 
We also had made a programme for them to visit the different aspects of our ministry. They went with Simon to the village, to visit some children and their relatives and they went with Elias to visit several of the older children in secondary school, they are all sponsored by the Figurant (Tante Suus project).

Simon organized a visit to the Harmony primary school, where they sponsor around 40 school children. On this picture you see Theo and Cor talking with the children, most of them are orphans or they lost one parent and the family is struggling to pay the school fees. several of the caretakers or relatives had come as well to meet Theo and Cor. 
We also took them to see the Pediatric HIV clinic in Soroti hospital. This clinic is build with the funds of the Figurant and it was special for them to see the clinic at work. They had a talk with the doctor and could see with their own eyes what a blessing their gift is to the community of Soroti. We took them along to see the malnourished children in the Feeding Project, we visit that project every week to bring a small nutritious supplement and to see if we can help in other ways. after the hospital we proceeded to the Soroti Prisons. A team of Amecet visits the mothers with children in the prisons every week. we give there also porridge, sugar and soap..
In between, Theo and Cor were at Amecet, playing with the children and holding Baby's. They are both fathers, so they felt at home!! 
We ended their visit on Thursday afternoon with a Thanks giving Party!!! In December, Amecet will exist 16 year and now having the Figurant with us, we wanted to invite people we work with and people who are our partners in Soroti, and together, give thanks to God, He has been so faithful, so supportive to Amecet. We looked at our small beginning and where we are now, having ministered to more than 340 children. Some of the first children were among the people, so it was so good to say together a big Thank You to God our Father!!! And to speak out our trust in Him for the coming years......
Elias brought them back to the airport on Friday morning. It has been a busy week, but it was a good week and I am sure that we will see the fruits of this visit..........

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The dentist came to visit.....

 Last week a team of three dentists came to visit Amecet. They came to give free treatment and were able to stay for three days.
They stayed in our other house, Amecet n' Amun and also used a room there to give their treatment. We mobilized our children, our staff members and also the YWAM staf members were notified. The teachers of the Pre-school and the Primary school were also welcomed. And some of the pupils of the Primary school came as well.
Around 70 people came for help. The dentists did filling, but from many people the teeth were beyond filling and had to be pulled. Joseph, the boy on this picture, got 6 molars and teeth extracted, I felt for him, it was good that they gave injections to help with the pain...... The people who came were thankful (even they had a painful mouth...) with the help they got and the dentists were happy that they could help so many people....
And now we have to brush ..............

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ugandan celebrates 55 years independance...

 It is a public holiday, so the children are free and Calvin moves with them through the compound. For us it is a working day, so we celebrate with a special meal.....
 You take 7½ KG. rice and 6 kg. meat, onions, tomatoes and special spices and you have Pilau. On this picture you see auntie Grace cleaning the rice...... 
 At the same time, they frying the meat on a wood fire, as you can see this is teamwork!!
from left to right: Pauline, Beatrice, David, Mary and Grace!
Some time later a big pot with Pilau is carried into the kitchen. The children have been waiting for it, they are excited: left to right:Jennifer, Cathy, Kenneth, Ruth, Maliamu and Michel
They are the first to be served!! Of course the bottle with soda can not be missed at this occasion!!
 We are all enjoying the special meal, there is enough left for the evening meal. So tonight we will be eating Pilau again, only the baby's, they just enjoy their bottle with milk.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Two tiny baby's....

Last week Mary and Elizabeth were brought to Amecet, they are part of triplets, 3 little girls, one baby was left with the mother and they brought the two smallest to Amecet. It is quite intensive care what they need. Every three hours we take their temperature, change them and feed them, first we try  the bottle by mouth, but they are very soon exhausted, so we do the rest by NG tube, We keep them in the medical room, with the windows and door closed, we also feed them there and I tell you, it is quite tropical in there. Very warm, but so good for the little girls, who have trouble keeping their body temperature stable. On this picture, Immaculette and me are feeding them. 
 We found a bag with premature diapers in our closet. I remember seeing them before, and I never thought that our baby's would use them; so small....I even said to the children that we might use them for the dolls, to play with... But I am happy we did not do that, we all used them. Dominique made this picture, left is our normal diaper and at the right, the premature diaper, a very big difference. But now they are finished and we use the "normal"  diaper now, because we can't buy the premature diapers here...
This picture was taken today, they are now together in one bed (for the bonding­čśĆ) and our little blue monkey is keeping guard. Left is Mary, she gained 250 gram and her weight is now 1,750 kg. and at the right is Elizabeth, she gained only 100 gram, her weight is now 1,400 kg. It is amazing at a difference the 350 gram makes between the two of them. Please pray for them, they do fair, no vomiting, no fever, no diarrhea, but they do have to gain more and to get more strong, to come out of the danger zone....

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trip to Kampala....

The day after we buried the little Asianut Helen, we had planned to go to Kampala with 3 children, to 2 hospitals. We left at 5 am and we arrived in the Heart institute at 1 pm. The children had done well during the trip, we were also with enough staff. Sharon cared for Mary, Peace cared for Martha, Deborah cared for Patrick, Elias drove and I did all the running around and had Cathy with me (I didn't want to leave her in Amecet, she had already cut the hair of Ruth, the other day!). 
I wrote about Patrick in the previous blogs, he was found abandoned in town at 11 pm. He was quite sick and malnourished. The picture left is how he came. He has changed a lot, he eats everything what he can find..but he is still not talking. The doctors had heard a heart murmur, so they advised us to go to the heart institute for a Echo of the heart. We had planned to go for Mary and Martha, so we took him too. They couldn't find anything wrong with the heart, so that was good news, he is still malnourished, but gaining good.
Then we took Mary also for a Echo of the heart. That was a different story... Mary is in Amecet since July 2017. She was referred by another organization. Mary is 1 year and 5 months old and her weight is still 3.8 kg. She gained  since July 1 kg. She has also a heart murmur but also other problems. The outcome of her Echo was not good, she is born with a big hole between the left and right side of the heart and the aorta is in the right ventricle instead of the left ventricle. She needs to be operated!!! An open heart surgery, we saw the surgeon as well and he told us that they can do it in Kampala, I was send to the accountant to get the invoice... 
The next day we went to the pediatric neurologist with Mary again and Martha. We had slept the night in a guesthouse.
He also saw Mary and felt that she has a serious problem, he examined her very good and he thinks that it has to do with the chromosomes and that she has a serious brain damage as well. we had to go for a lot of blood tests and wait for the results, but he said that the operation might not be good to do, because of her other problems......
Martha is 1 year and 2 months old and her weight is just over 5 kg. She came in Amecet in February 2017, weighing 2.9 kg. She was very malnourished and not able to swallow, very weak and it looks as if she has no muscles, she can't still keep her head up by her self. But she can smile and she can be very annoyed with you.... The doctor also examined her and asked for several blood tests. he was sure of brain damage but wanted to wait with a diagnosis until the results come back...
So after this all, we jumped back in the car to drive the 8 hours back to Soroti, where we arrived at around 8.30 pm.  We were tired, but it was good that we did this, we have been worrying about the children and it is good to get a diagnosis, so we can know what to do (or not to do).
You hope for good news, we got that for Patrick, but for Mary and Martha it might not be so good.....
When we arrived back in Amecet we heard that we have two new tiny bay's, there was a mother who gave birth to triplets in the village health centre. The two smallest baby's they brought to Amecet and the biggest they left with the mother... Two little pretty girls weighing 1.3 and 1.5 kg!! Life goes on!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rest in Peace, little one...

Last night, 11.40 pm, Asianut Helen passed away into the loving arms of Jesus.
She got difficulties in breathing in the evening, the staff rushed her to the clinic next door, they tried to suck out her lungs, put her on oxygen, but it was all in vain. They called me at midnight that it was all over. She still looked so beautiful, I was so sad this morning. Because there are no relatives known, we couldn't bring her home to be buried. We contacted the Police and they also told us to ask permission to bury her in the Soroti Municipal Burial ground. It was quite a process, a death certificate from the clinic was not enough, it was a criminal case, so a post mortem was done. And Asianut had died because of soil in her lungs......
 We gave her a simple burial with a prayer and the knowledge that she is in the arms of Jesus. Her life was too short, just 1 day. we were all shocked about the whole thing and how fast it went
Asianut's bed is empty, life goes on, if you want it or not. We are organizing to  go to Kampala tomorrow morning at 5 am, with three children to different doctors. Please keep us in your prayers....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Buried alive.........

This morning, Simon got a phone call from the Police; a baby was found, buried alive!!! Elias and Simon drove to the village and and found the Police and other people gathered together in a certain home. The baby was found in their maize field. Last night, around 9.30 pm, they had heard a baby crying. They got concerned and went to the local leader, together they went to see what had happened, they were thinking about children sacrifice. which still happen in secret places. It is really amazing, that in that big field, they came across the place where it looked if someone has been digging there. Carefully they tried with a hoe...and they found the a new born baby, buried alive..... They later saw the evidence that the mother gave birth there and dug the hole and buried the baby with the placenta.
The Police is investigating, because this is a criminal act. The people of the home nearby, cared for the baby during the night, but now the baby was handed over to Amecet.

We checked the baby, there are some little wounds, but it is a miracle that she is alive!! Being completely covered with soil!! The weight of the baby is just 2 kg. We took her directly to the doctor, because of the dirty place where she has been in, she was in need of  medical attention.
After medicines, a bottle, a bath and warm clothes she is sleeping peacefully. The people named her Asianut Helen, Asianut means Grace in the local language Atesso. God must have Grace  upon this little girl..... What a way to enter this world!! But God's grace is upon her, she is alive and cared for!!