Monthly Archives: December 2013

God is at work!!!

Yes, I can testify of his work here in Adi. He brings new things on my path – funding for the training of the National AIDS Program – and straigth away I’m plunged in a rollercoaster. Or so it seems to me, and probably to some others as well.

We have received the money in the Hospital Bank Account in Aru. And two of the doctors from Adi were in Aru December 24 to talk about it with the District Medical Officer and a delegate from the National AIDS Program who was on mission in Aru. They had a discussion of about three hours about some of the details. Hard work for our doctors, as the requests of the National AIDS Program were many. The DMO was on their side though and helped them to come to an understanding, in which I can find myself as well.

However, timing for the training was difficult. The National AIDS Program and the Health District are very busy the first months of 2014. The only time slot that was still open? From 4-13 January 2014. WOW!

This means that the busy weeks will continue. December was filled, and today I have arrived in Arua to go to AIM conference, that will take place in Mukono, Uganda from 28December 2013 until 01 January 2014. So tomorrow I have a long trip ahead of me. The second of January (after a meeting) I will be back in Kampala, to go back to Adi the next day via Arua where both doctors will pick me up.

So…lots of exitement about what God is doing. I’m looking forward to the next year which will be very special with the treatment of people living with HIV in Adi, the cooperation with the people at the health zone and hospital, the ministry of our AIDS Program that will get a boost of the training…

I don’t know what 2014 will be like, but I know that God is faithful and His presence will be manifested in the coming year.

Wishing you his blessings for 2014,

Annemarie

November and December 2013

Wow, it is already near to Christmas, which will be next week to be precise. And with this contribution I wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

A lot is happening here in Adi. Especially this week is busy with a church service for Christmas, a wedding and a graduation.

Funding

In November, when I was in Kampala to obtain a multiple entry visa for Uganda (then I don’t have to buy a visa of $50 every time I enter Uganda), I received an email that one request for funding has been approved! Yeah. Thank You Lord. It is the money we need to be able to organize the training that the National AIDS Program wants to give to medical staff in Adi. After that we will be able to start organizing VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) and PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) in Adi Health Zone and treatment with ARV (Anti Retro Virals) in Adi Hospital. The training is a key event to further activities in hospital, health zone and AIDS Program to help people living with HIV. Medical staff is involved as well in brainstorming together and we are focusing on January 2014 to be able to organize the training.

World AIDS Day was December first. Even in the health zone this year nothing really was organized because of a busy schedule of all involved. I have written a paper that you can read on aidsawarenessceca20drc.blogspot.com. It was well received when it was read in many of the CECA 20 churches of Adi Health Zone.

AIDS ministry

In all the four health zones of Adi, Adja, Ariwara and Aru the work continues. The staff presents the facts about AIDS in many different ways: discussions, teaching, film and radio. Also they are assisting people living with HIV by making their trip possible to go for treatment to Uganda, home visits and counseling. They also assist several orphans with school fees. In Adi one of them is Esther. Her parents both died of AIDS related diseases and Esther is living with her grandmother. When we got to know her, she was crying. At kindergarten the teacher had been talking about mommy and daddy and she realized that she didn’t have either one of them. Her family called her ‘Never’. Not a good name, we decided with the head teacher of the kindergarten and we changed her name to Esther (star) Anyadru (Aimee), because she is loved by Jesus and by many people around her. When I was in Kampala I bought her a new dress and took it to her one afternoon.

Esther in her new dress

Esther is beaming with joy

Esther with her grandmother who is taking care of her