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News from Ouagadougou 81

Posted by on Thursday August 1st, 2013

Hello! in the meantime, we’ve had a great family vacation at the beach and we are getting ready to send Liesbeth and Lydia off to their schools… We appreciate your prayers, also for Ineke who is going to bring both girls. They are leaving here on the 8th and Ineke will be back in Ouagadougou on Sept 7th. It will be a long month for Peter, Jiska and Phebe who stay behind and start school on the 19th already. We also have a car and a place to stay in Belgium, so Praise the Lord!


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Photos: our car broke down during trip to Dano, it had to be towed; upcoming rainstorm in Dano, impressive; Jiska to work: sanding the container, first layer of anti-corrosion coating, Lydia and Vera; Phebe participating; Liesbeth in action; the artists Peter and Lydia! temporary results, team photo, Ian during the CHE program at Paam Laafi, children’s camp in the workplace, many children have never colored!; the water tank is on the roof! stuff you see along the way. . (alive!)

Dear friends,

The last few weeks, we’ve not really been sitting still! School or not, nobody’s bored. After Ineke’s mother left, Vera Hartman has arrived here, she had planned to visit her friends Liesbeth and Lydia ever since we left in 2006. Her the last week here has begun. Here’s a brief overview of the last events (see the many photos):

-At the hospital the work is advancing well. The finishing of the 2nd building is progressing well and a canopy was placed over the two containers. This is now a covered workplace.
-We did a short trip to Dano (300km) and our car broke down 40km before we got there. It was quite suspenseful, in the end we had to be towed all the way back to Ouaga.  Our car is still in the garage, it is becoming a real problem. Luckily we can use a friend’s car, even when we go on a family vacation next weekend. What a blessing!

– Go to Nations, which often assists us with plays and skits, had a team this summer that came to help them. They  stayed at out site , put together a 2-day children’s camp and helped us with organizing our new container (they put in the hospital beds very neatly, although they were very  heavy!)  And they painted of one of the two (rusty) containers. We wanted a mural and they’ll finish it next week.
-Preparing for the departure of Liesbeth and Lydia: more paperwork such as medical examinations, curricula, student visa etc. not to mention cleaning out rooms  and packing suitcases!
-The paperwork for the opening of the hospital has entered the last stage. Since last week (and just in time) a good friend of doctor Jacob is at the head of the department. Marvelous and amazing!

Ineke is leaving with Liesbeth and Lydia on August 8th, they will arrive on the 9th of  August in Brussels . So far we have no prospect of a car, that’s a prayer point. Liesbeth and Ineke leave for the U.S. on the 19th of August. Lydia’s school starts on September 2nd, but Ineke hopes to arrive with Lydia somewhere around the  27th or 28th of  August to help install her in Germany. It is an emotional time for the whole family, including Peter, Jiska and Phebe who are staying here. School starts here on the 19th of  August again. She will be returning in Ouagadougou on the 7th of September.

We hope that it goes well with you and we wish you a good summer!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and 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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