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News from Ouagadougou 83

Posted by on Monday November 18th, 2013


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Photos: digging trenches for the foundation; a few steps further; filled with sand; Arjo is helping to finish the lab; reporting to the chief of the village that the consultations can begin, as a team; prayer on the first day; Peter’s patient; mobile clinic Sakoula; Jiska was there too; the cover of the 2014 Calendar!

Dear Friends,

It’s been a while since you heard from us, the adaptation to ‘a new norm’ has something to do with that, but also the work has increased.

Thank you for all the encouraging comments on our first opening-day of the hospital, October 1st. It was quite exciting but the patients were not drumming at the door. One by one people started coming, often with pretty complex diseases and they had been everywhere already. Peter’s first patient was a young woman, 20 years old, with severe leukemia. She is the 4th wife of an older man, who is taking very good care of her. It is quite a story in itself to explain how miracles have really happened in the rapid diagnosis (incl. lab), in the realization of a treatment that is not obvious here. She is doing better, but she’s certainly not healed yet…

Meanwhile, the construction of the children’s department is progressing but there is a lot involved. Because of the lower ground there had to be an awful huge amount of sand deposited in the foundation. Arjo has his hands filled with this construction job and we are grateful for his contribution! Also, he has done a lot in preparing the finishing of the consulting rooms and pharmacy / lab. He has been a great help.

The work is increasing, and the team feels it. During the first weeks of October Paam Laafi did a medical examination in a business and that didn’t go as hoped. It is a blessing to have that part of the work, especially to raise local funds. But with a small team, you are not as flexible and are more vulnerable to external factors that can mess with the plan. Peter, Dr. David and Kiswendsida see patients at the hospital, and that’s going well so far. We have also done a mobile clinic in Sakoula, the village where the first mobile clinic started in 2008. Jiska was there with her class of the International School. She was so proud that her classmates had enjoyed this and was very happy that day;-)

We are still using the car of friends, but hope to get our car subjected to a thorough diagnosis. There seems to be a new, good, mechanic in town …

The children are doing well. Both Jiska and Phebe here with us, as Liesbeth and Lydia in their respective schools and their families. We miss each other much, and are counting down to Christmas! Peter is now at Lydia for a visit (everybody was looking forward to that). Wednesday, October 30th he will travel to Belgium for the Family Day on November 1st and various presentations in the following churches ,the church of Koekelare on Nov 2, 19:30 in West Flanders), Zaventem (EGZ, 14h), Waterloo (Christian Center on 4/11), Charleroi (5/11) and Herselt (6/11). He flies back to Burkina on Nov 7th.

We have put together a new annual calendar, with the help of Michaël Hellemont, and it will be for sale from the 1st of November onward. This is an annual tradition and helps the project and us a lot financially. If you want to order please contact Daniël Van Dingenen ( or +

Thank you all for your support and prayers!

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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