Please excuse us for the delay in translation, this was written on April 30th
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
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
Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: email@example.com
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!