News from Ouagadougou 94

Pictures: Peter visits Liesbeth in Houghton, NY; At the Yako Orphanage with the WIRED Youth Group (3 pictures); The new community health meeting place at the hospital; Leaving for a 4-day mobile clinic; Jan and Naomi Van der Flaas; Jiska and Phebe are flower girls! (church under construction…); Lydia’s here!

Dear friends,

A lot has happened since the last newsletter 6 weeks ago. The popular uprising has had amazing consequences and we have followed the evolution very closely since then. In many aspects, this uprising has been a powerful example in the region and some say even for the whole continent. We have heard countless people say: ‘God must love Burkina a lot, because everything went so fast and relatively peaceful’. We have a transitional government with a civilian president and a lot of work is being done to prepare the elections in Nov 2015. Promises have been made to follow up on  unsolved court cases (and Burkina counts a few!). There has been a lot of injustice and corruption in the last decennia and we hope and pray that this will change. The people are certainly ready for this!

It’s been a blessing for us that peace has returned here while Peter was away. It was not always an easy task to keep things running both at home and at Paam Laafi at times. We are thankful that Peter’s trip went well, and that he could visit both girls and meet with numerous individuals and church communities to share about the work here in Burkina Faso. The temperature shock was harsh at times with a minimum of -10°C and we are thankful that the snow didn’t throw some of the travel plans off.

The ‘paillotte’ or meeting place at the hospital is (finally) ready! In January, we have plans to start up the weighing and vaccination of babies and pregnant women and we will have the opportunity to hold preventive health sessions. Work is also being done between containers to build another maintenance station.

Jan and Naomi Van der Flaas from the church of Herentals (B) visited us for 3 weeks. They have certainly tasted life here and went home with a new experience. It was a bit sad that Peter wasn’t there during their stay and they missed out on a mobile clinic

A few days after Peter’s arrival, he left with the team for a 4-day mobile clinic near the border with Ivory Coast. It was quite far, but certainly worth it. Apart from the usual diseases, they found two girls with a severe umbilical hernia. They have been referred and will get an operation soon.  The clinic days were followed by an outreach from ‘Operation Christmas Child’, so many kids heard the gospel and received a nice gift.

Peter was home right on time for Lydia’s arrival last Friday, and we are looking forward to Liesbeth’s arrival on Monday. Jiska and Phebe are ready for a break too, and this break is so much fun for sleeping in since we can snuggle under blankets! (it’s 16-18°c at night now).

We appreciate your prayers and support and we’d love to hear how things are going on your end.

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 93

Pictures: these 2 press pictures really summarize what happened here last week; Doing school work at home; and dress up the cat;

Dear friends and prayer partners,

We just went through a suspenseful time here! After the resignation of the president on Friday October 31st we were confused about who of 2 military leaders was going to be the transition president. The borders closed and on Sunday afternoon, shots were heard around the TV station when a group of protesters were pushing another ‘president’ forward to give a declaration on TV. An a positive note, the whole city came out to clean up the streets after the massive protests, the city never looked cleaner! On Monday, it seemed like normal life started again and we had a peaceful week. We are waiting on how the political situation will develop. It seems to be hard to find a civilian leader who can lead the country through a year of transition until the next elections. Thanks for your prayers.

We are very thankful that Peter was able to leave on Monday! He is with Lydia in Germany for the moment and will be back in Belgium on Monday, where Dr. Jacob will join him from France. Dr. Jacob is graduating as a cardiologist in a few weeks. They will speak in a few places together about the work of Paam Laafi. On Thursday, Nov 13th they will travel to the US where they will visit Liesbeth first, and then do several presentations in the Oak Hills church community in San Antonio, TX and in churches in Pensacola, FL.

If everything stays quiet, we will receive the visit of Jan and Naomi Van der Flaas, a medical lab tech and nurse from Belgium. They will be here 3 weeks.

The children are doing fine, they were really glad to go back to school after days inside the house. We also noticed that their revolution-specific vocabulary expanded in 3 languages!

We are also starting to count down the days for Liesbeth and Lydia’s visit at Christmas.

We appreciate your numerous reactions and thank you for the prayer support, and we are looking forward to hear from you too!

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

Please take note of the change in the way to support from the US (see below)

www.tearfund.be
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: In the US: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA”, click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 92

Pictures: the lab at the hospital is finally working!; enlarging the microscope image through the computer; taking blood samples from the children; children waiting for their turn; Dr. Peter and Dr. Kiswendsida; Jiska at work; Ineke and Clarisse at the medicine table; a girl who just received her medicine; Peter with a little patient; with our cat ‘Minoes’; on the way back home we saw this coming out of the mattress factory (a moto-cab) ; our Calendar 2015 is ready!

Dear friends,

Jiska and Phebe have a school break this week, time to relax and rest up a bit.

We had some busy weeks. First we did medical examinations of about 100 people from a company at our hospital, which meant our lab had to run at full speed. It was the first time we used our lab and are thankful for the help we received. Peter spent some time developing an Access database to streamline the medical reports, including the insertion of X-ray and other results per patient. This type of contracts are a vital part of local fundraising to help Paam Laafi run all their activities. We are thankful to see the latest developments.

A good week later, we examined about 300 children in a school close to our hospital. The new element there was that we had to take a blood sample from every child for the malaria research Dr. Kiswendsida is involved in. The kids were all very brave and there were almost no tears shed! Jiska was able to join for a day, as her Grade 7 class from the International school joined us. She is so used to these clinics and she was happy to help some of her class mates who were there for the first time.

Peter will travel from Nov 3rd till Dec 5th, he is leaving on a fundraising trip to Belgium and the US with the president of Paam Laafi. Dr. Jacob Sawadogo is nearly finished with his cardiology specialization in France. Peter is going to be able to visit both Lydia and Liesbeth this time. They are looking forward to meet up with their dad!

.

Our yearly prayer calendar is also finished. It is a colorful and joyful reminder of what God has been enabling us to do here in Burkina Faso.

We are thankful for your prayers for us and the work we are doing. We have been reminded of our vulnerability just recently, through a crisis situation here with missionaries on the field, our enemy does not sit still!

Please pray for this Ebola epidemic to stop in the affected countries. The whole region feels the effects in different ways.

Thanks for praying for our oldest children far from home. We are thankful for communication through internet, but especially in difficult moments, the distance seems bigger.

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

Please take note of the change in the way to support from the US (see below)

www.tearfund.be
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: In the US: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA”, click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 91


Pictures: A typical market in Ouagadougou during a visit with the interns; during a church attendance; Oak Hills church team; Mobile clinic; What a row!; Our street under water; First day of school for Jiska and Phebe; First day of school for Lydia

Dear friends,

As for most people, the holidays are really over here. Our 2 youngest girls already started on 18 August, Liesbeth started on September 1st in the US and Lydia on September 2nd in Germany.
Our summer was filled with the visit of the oldest girls and our 2 interns. Lydia had a summer job in Belgium in August, and Ineke picked her up and brought her back to school. She moved from the host family where she was last year, to the boarding school. She is doing well and is excited for her last year of high school!

What happened in the meantime in Burkina Faso?: Apart from a regularly flooded street and a big crocodile living in the canal now (due to the never ending road works),

– In August we did a mobile clinic in an orphanage. It was a challenge because there were many more very small children and almost no supervisor knew French. Also quite a lot of the children were sick. Peter and the team visited again last week to check how the children were doing and they were very satisfied with what they saw.
– Construction of the ‘paillotte’ at the hospital for the prevention sessions for pregnant women and babies: the work has started.
– Ouali is a young man of 17 , we found him in Mahadaga (7 hours East) during the clinic in April. His tumor on the wrist is removed (in a hospital 6 hours North) and they only had to amputate the little finger. What a blessing. He is doing well and starts school again this week. The tumor is examined in Belgium and there may be a regrowth, as well as metastases. Thanks for praying for him.
– Ebola: who has not yet heard of it and it was also the most frequently asked question during Ineke’s visit to Belgium/Germany. We ask prayer for the many patients in the affected countries, it is really a terrible disaster for those countries and the people there. In Burkina and other countries are putting preventive measures in place. Fortunately there is still no case of Ebola reported in Burkina, nor in the 6 directly neighboring countries. The disease can only be contracted by physical contact between a sick or dead Ebola patient, and is not airborne so far (such as SARS or the swine flu).
– Peter and Dr. Jacob are going to do a fundraising trip to Belgium and the US in November. Jacob will then have graduated as a cardiologist and will be the first real specialist in Paam Laafi. They hope to collect funds for the further building of the hospital. We hope and pray that they are going to be successful and that a lot of people will learn about the work of Paam Laafi .

Lots of greetings from all of us,
God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 90

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 89


Pictures: Bibata at the official opening of the hospital in January; General Assembly of Paam Laafi (2 pictures); the last EDGE of this year; violin recital, Phebe is one of the four students; Jiska and Phebe at the dance recital (the posters in the room are made by them)
Dear friends,

The month of June has arrived! This means that the girls school is almost over, the hot season is coming to an end (?) and the rainy season is coming.
We’ll start with the sad news this time. Peter’s first patient in the hospital has suddenly deceased after 7 months. Bibata, 20, was in treatment since early October, she had so often stopped by for her medication for a form of leukemia. For her condition she was doing quite well. She must have died of a splenic laceration, her spleen was still enlarged as a result of her illness. It was hard for the team. The entire team visited her family in the nearby village, and it was a big encouragement for them all. They also heard that the family thought it was such a miracle was that she had lived for those last seven months, they all expected she would die in October. They were very grateful for the care and the love she has received.
The Good news is that the ‘Association Paam Laafi’ had its official General Assembly on May 31st and that this is going to help for paperwork that we have yet to receive from different agencies . The organization seeks to get a “reconnaissance d’utilité publique ‘, so we won’t have to pay a ridiculous amount of taxes.
We also feel that we have a subscription for coinciding political demonstrations of the opposition. On the 18th of January and last Saturday May 31st tens of thousands of people came together to show that they want a change of president and against the change of the Constitution in which the current president can stay. Fortunately, this time again everything went smoothly. Please pray for this further ..
The month of May has also flown by with recitals of the children at school and with the violin class. We also held the last EDGE worship night with the young people from the youth group. That was a special night, even with a farewell to those who graduate or leave. Our children have participated in this and enjoyed it.
Last Monday, Ineke’s mother arrived, she will stay for three weeks of which one week will overlap with Liesbeth and Lydia’s visit. We are looking look forward to it! We’ll skip this summer’s visit to Belgium and then next summer (2015) come as a family. Lydia will begin her college studies and we can help her on the way. We look forward to a summer here with them.

Many greetings from us all, God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

PS: please note the changed codes below

www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 88

Please excuse us for the delay in translation, this was written on April 30th

DSC_0250

Picture 1 of 11


Photos: On the road to Mahadaga; helping with water tower project after arriving; children waiting to be registered; they are ready; Jiska and Phebe happy to help; consultation with local doctors; sign language interpreter helps explain how to take medications; Black Forest Academy group brings a story and a song; Phebe holds two blind girls company; Lydia before her surgery; Lydia back at school
Dear friends,

Much has happened since our last email! We’d like to bring you up to date, and we are grateful for everything that has gone well!
On May 5th, a group came from Lydia’s school, 10 students and two leaders. We left the next day with four vehicles and 26 people on a trip to Mahadaga 500 km from the capital, in a very remote area. Everything was packed: things for the mobile clinic, the luggage and enough food for the group. We arrived on Monday afternoon, and installed the clinic immediately. Then we visited the water tower project and helped put a huge pipe in the ground. On top of the rock will come a large reservoir that will supply water to 15 taps in the village!
During this clinic, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we examined over 500 children, and this time there were also blind, deaf and physically handicapped children. We luckily had help from translators who knew sign language, and Phebe took care of various blind children by walking everywhere with them. Jiska did her first malaria test (including the needle part!) on her own and was very proud.
On the last morning we visited a center and school for deaf, blind, and disabled children. It was amazing what these kids learn and how they could make prostheses at a very social price. Some of the Black Forest Academy students did not really want to go home after the visit, they had all become very attached to these children.
We did the way back in two parts, and arrived home on Friday, April 11th. It was an exciting week, with the necessary power and water outages and temperatures above 40 ° C, but we were very encouraged by what the SIM mission in that region had already accomplished in the last 60 years. These children were relatively healthy and very playful, unfortunately that is not so natural here.
That same evening I (Ineke) flew to Belgium. I brought Lydia to the hospital on April 13th and then she had the surgery on the 14th. A number of fibers in the heart had to be burned away through a fairly simple procedure. Of course it was a bit suspenseful, but now she shouldn’t have episodes of rapid heartbeat and dizziness any more. We are grateful that it went well, the next day she was allowed to go home and she felt fine. Lydia is now back in school and must now start studying hard for her exams. Another good 6 weeks and it is already over!
Once we were back in Ouaga it was back to the same old routine, the school year is coming to an end and there is a lot of work to do. One of the things that take up a lot of time is the following up of the mobile clinics. This time, in Mahadaga we investigated a boy who had a tumor on his wrist for the last 4 years (about the size of an apple) . He was able to travel to Ouaga and today, Peter went to a clinic where they now have an MRI scanner (!). As feared his hand, possible his entire forearm will have to be amputated, but the tumor won’t cause any more damage.
Liesbeth has her finals this week, and after that she’ll do a course and work all summer. We are also thankful that we’ll be able to see her here.

Many greetings from us all, God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

PS: please note the changed codes below

www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 87

Dear friends,

Pictures: Our pastor Jan Gillisjans visiting; on Sunday in the Gampela church; lots of people!; Jiska is 12!!

Dear friends,

 

In the meanwhile, the April heat has come.. We get 42°C during the day and 29°C at night.

 

We surely hope the nights will stay reasonable next week, we are going to do a mobile clinic in a remote place called Mahadaga, 8-9h East from the capital with a team of 27 people. This clinic has been planned for quite a while and a group of 10 students of Lydia’s school are coming on a Mission Trip to help us. They prepared a bible story and games for the children and most of the 10 students are interested in medical work. It’s going to be an adventure, because we also need to cook ourselves and make sure we don’t forget to bring essential things because there’s not much available there. Our own children are coming too, they look forward to the trip!

 

We hope to see between 500-700 children and will do the trip in different stages. The end of the road is really bad and we travel with several cars. We appreciate your prayers for this week! We leave for the first leg of the trip on Sunday afternoon, and hope to be back in Ouagadougou around noon on April 11.

 

We also would appreciate your prayers for my (Ineke’s) trip to Belgium that same night. I’m going to meet Lydia, who will be in Belgium already. She needs a procedure on April 14 and we are thankful that I can be there with her. After bringing Lydia back to school, I will travel back to Burkina Faso where Peter, Jiska and Phoebe continue their work/school.

 

We are thankful for: The mobile clinic in Réo two weeks ago where 500 children were treated, Ineke’s trip to belgium, Lydia’s procedure, and that Ineke is regaining some strength after being quite sick last week.

 

Please pray for: Lydia’s procedure on April 14th, that all will go well. For Peter, Jiska and Phebe who stay in Burkina, for a good clinic next week and that many children will be touched by the love of Christ, for no technical problems with the trucks, for health while not sleeping great with the heat, that we would make it in time to Ouaga as planned. Liesbeth, who is pretty tired as she finishes her term after an exceptional long and cold winter. The temperature is finally above 0°C again!

 

Many greetings from us all, God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

 

PS: please note the changed codes below

 

 

 www.tearfund.be

 

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

 

for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible): http://thebellfamilyfoundation.com/

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 86

Pictures: our intern for a month: Joost Glissenaar; our four nursing interns this year on an internship of 3.5 months; children to be examined in Diapaga: waiting for their turn in the church; everyone is in line for medication and a toothbrush plus toothpaste; organization of the registration; on the way back from Diapaga, walking along the fence of the 2nd piece of land; fence; our 22th wedding anniversary; March 8: international Women’s Day Edition Burkina Faso! Peter is standing his ground.

 

Dear Friends,

 

During the months February and March we have had some atypical temperatures this year! The nights remain cool and the temperatures don’t rise as high as usually, we’re not complaining even though it sometimes reaches 40 ° C during the day already!

 

Our highlights from the past weeks:

 

-Several clinics in the area of Ouagadougou, and a clinic for a week 7 hours away ( by car) from Diapaga in the East of the country. In total, more than 1,000 children were seen, of which some 140 orphans. The dental clinic went along for the first 500 children and they had a lot of work! Among the last 575 children 11(!) children had dental care needs.

-Arrival of the interns: Joost Glissenaar from Dilbeek (medical student, he has already left) and nursing trainees Marie, Silke, Enya and Tine from KHLeuven. They will stay until half May.

– Arjo has coordinated the building of the fence on the 2nd piece of land before his departure. He also finished many details in building project with Sylvain, who he is training.

-We have been given official permission to buy at the ‘CAMEG’, this is the cheaper official central purchasing center where they sell generic medicines .

-David and Dr. Kiswendsida are manning the hospital and see between 5-15 patients per day.

-We celebrated our 22th wedding anniversary on February 22 with Jiska and Phebe.

-Jiska participated in the 30-hour fasting challenge of youthgroup for the first time: she has passed the test well and can be sponsored for the projects they are doing for the poor here in Burkina.

-Our pastor Jan Gillisjans from Zaventem came to visit last Friday, he will stay for 10 days.

 

In the coming weeks, there are again some 1,000 children scheduled for mobile clinic examination. We are very encouraged by the children near Diapaga. The impact of 60 years of education and openness of spirit that came after the work of missionaries in the region was striking! The children were clearly less ill, they had a better (dental) hygiene, they were not afraid of adults and understood everything so much better, what a blessing! We hope to go eastwards again between April 6-11, with a group of students from Lydia’s school. They are high school students who are interested in ‘medical missions’. That will be quite an undertaking, as the place is really in a remote corner of the country and we have to travel with 26 people. Our youngest kids are coming along this time.

 

We are grateful that it is going well with Jiska and Phebe at school, and that we were able to leave them with friends during the clinic week we did at Diapaga.

 

Liesbeth and Lydia also appreciate where they are, and they are doing well.

Many greetings from us all, God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

 

 

 

 www.tearfund.be

 

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

 

Please note the changed codes!

for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible): http://thebellfamilyfoundation.com/

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | Leave a comment

News from Ouagadougou 85

Pictures: a selection of the many pictures we have from the day: cooking in the middle of the night; ready to go (in the pouring rain); arrival of the minister of health; Peter’s speech; a group sings a blessing over the hospital; a group of dancers; part of the guests; donation of medicine from the ministry; cutting the ribbon; Peter’s turn to cut; Arjo gives explanations about the plans; interview with the press;  visiting the rooms; the table of honor; the last helpers of the day; what a day, what a blessing and joy!

Dear friends,

This time, our newsflash is entirely dedicated to the official opening of the Paam Laafi hospital on January 18th. We received the visit of a delegation of Tearfund Belgium, they stayed a week and have also visited the Pan Bila project. Peter’s parents also came for the occasion. All visitors left on January 24th.

We are very thankful that everything went well that day. It was a fantastic day for the whole Paam Laafi team and the many guests.

The big day started with a totally unexpected rainstorm. This is unseen in the middle of dry season! The tents we rented for protection against the sun, now served as rain protection as it kept raining a little bit during the ceremony.

In spite of the warning for an opposition manifestation the same day (this was also unseen, as ten thousands of people came on the streets in the whole country in a peaceful march) a whole lot of guests came to celebrate this opening. On the program were different speeches, we listened to Peter, the director of Tearfund, the mayor of Saaba and the minister himself. After the benediction prayer by dr Kiswendsida’s father, who is a pastor in the neighboring little town, we proceeded to the cutting of the ribbon.

2 local groups sung a blessing and danced for the public. The ministry of health gave us a number of different types of medication and we showed the official guests the rooms. The last part consisted in a meal for everyone. We estimate that about 750 people shared our meal and luckily that all went well.

Tired but happy, we went home after cleaning up the last bits and we thanked God for all the answered prayers. What touched us the most was the help and collaboration of so many volunteers who each did what they do best and contributed to the success of the day. Heartwarming!

The next Monday morning, 7 patients lined up at the hospital door. It’s going to be busier now, especially after the news got out on the radio, the TV and the newspaper. The work goes on!

Prior to this all, we had the visit of Liesbeth and Lydia. We are very thankful that both of them could spend time here with us around Christmas. They each started the second semester at their schools and are doing well.

Soon we will have more news about the plans for this coming Spring, but we already expect 4 nurse-interns and 1 medical student intern on February 5th and 6th.

Many greetings from us all, God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

 www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible): http://thebellfamilyfoundation.com/

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds’ (instead of former 50 vds for personal support, code 71pl for the hospital and code 73pl for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

Categories: Algemeen | 2 Comments