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News from Ouagadougou 80

Posted by on Wednesday June 5th, 2013

Photos: Liesbeth at the clinic; with waiting children; a boy with very special eyes; Phebe in action; group picture of the Dano clinic; the four interns; new: mobile dental clinic; ditto; Liesbeth graduated from high school;proud mom and grandma!

Dear friends,

Our last newsflash wasn’t so long ago, but a lot has happened since then. Here is an overview:

The mobile clinic in Dano went well, there were about 30 volunteers including the students from Liesbeth’s senior class, the interns, doctors and our family. We could take care of all the children, there were nearly 500. Our Phebe is emerging more and more into a ‘medical assistant’, this time at the wound table. Nice to see. All the children helped great by the way. We are very grateful that we can give them that experience of the reality here in Burkina Faso.

The College students from the University of Leuven are also very excited about this internship post. Next year there will be four new interns that we already know of, they are always a big help!

The latest news from the end of May: our mobile dental clinic has been launched! A Paam Laafi team went out to do dental care to about 25 children at a school where we had been earlier. Unfortunately there are too many children here with severe tooth decay and we hope that, through handing out toothbrushes and toothpaste and a correct explanation how to use them, that many problems will be prevented.

The weekend of June 1st  was the big weekend: Liesbeth has finished high school! As is the custom here at our school it was accompanied by a real graduation ceremony. Nice detail for us: each year Liesbeth and Peter played ‘pump and circumstances’, but now she had to go up herself . She played the first few bars and then Phebe took over on her violin. A great moment of closure for us all.

Lydia had exams the week of the 3rd and Phebe and Jiska rounded off the year with their classes. Jiska is going to middle school next year, in Grade 6! Also exciting.

Ineke’s mom got there just in time for graduation, she arrived safely last Friday and will stay until June 28.

And for closing off: the weather talk. it is sometimes less warm, the afternoon temp now run at about 38-39 ° C, and it starts to rain occasionally . Last Monday we had a super-storm and great cool air!

Many greetings and blessings,


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


Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03 ,


for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible):

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

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!

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