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.
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
Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
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