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Dear friends, just some recent pictures!

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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

 

 

 

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Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

 

for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible): http://thebellfamilyfoundation.com/

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

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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And it get’s better every day : The Mobile Dental Clinic Start up!!!

Dear friends,

For years we were hoping to get to treat the kids we met at the mobile clinics who were suffering from dental decay. And guess what : today another dream came through! Our team went out to treat the kids who need dental care badly. They would never have a chance to get dental care (there is simply NO dental clinic affordable or accessible for them). Today, over 20 children got the necessary dental care. We’re off to a good start. On the pictures you recognize our friends Dr. Kis and David our nurse. We have a new member on our team who specializes in dental health, Mr. Nikiema. Welcome on the Paam Laafi Team!

Dr. Peter

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Building Permit !!!!

Sooo happy to announce ….

Only one step is left now : the request to open the Medical Center. According to Burkina law that can not take longer than 3 months…

Wow, a great step forward!

Peter and Ineke

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News from Ouagadougou 79

Latest news: we are back from the clinic in Dano in the meanwhile and all went well. Ineke’s mother will probably have to come later due to a health problem she discovered yesterday. We appreciate your prayers!

Photos: Liesbeth working on her research project ;Jiska and Phebe ready for ‘African Day’ at school, Lydia at the Easter Service; putting toothbrushes and toothpaste in little bags for the mobile clinic; 500 pieces!; Liesbeth and Lydia during their annual fasting project ; loading hospital beds; the end of the day!; hospital beds, last ‘EDGE’ for the oldest girls, Lydia and Liesbeth

Dear friends,

I hear it’s 14 ° C in Belgium, but here it is over 44 ° C during the day and it hardly cools off at night. The hot season is ‘in full swing’ and we hope for rain clouds every day!
Now, it should not always rain, for example not at the moment that …

The hospital beds arrived in a container last Wednesday! It was a surprise when it was going to happen, it always seems to go that way . We had just returned from a mobile clinic and were then told we suddenly had to pick up more than 20 beds and other material. It has been exciting and we had a dust storm but no rain. Whew. Now everything is on site. Ian and his father -who was visiting together with his mom-, have transported it all.

The 2nd building is also progressing, there is a roof on top on and the finishing has begun. Also, the documents / plans are approved by the fire department. Another step to the start-up of the hospital.

Tomorrow we leave for a mobile clinic 4 hours away, along with Liesbeth’s class. It is the last year that we take this class, it’s been a tradition since the 9th grade, and everyone is looking forward to it. Liesbeth’s exams are done tomorrow! The whole family will go along, and we will be working with the Richter family in Dano. We will be going with a group of 31 people, which will be a logistical balancing act! Exciting. At the end of this clinic we will have to say farewell to the 4 interns and Sien from Zaventem, Belgium,  who was visiting here. We don’t like farewells!

Speaking of school, after weeks and weeks of uncertainty, we have some good news since last weekend! Liesbeth thought she would study in Belgium after all doors seemed closed in the U.S.. Suddenly a door opened right at Houghton College where she went for an interview in February! A family there has offered 4 years ‘room and board’ making it possible for her to go! It had to sink in, but she is very excited! She will be studying biology and music at the same time and is look forward to it. Other great news is that Lydia will finish her high school in Germany. She is going to the Black Forest Academy, and will be living with very good friends. We have known the Higby family for many years, we have lived and worked here together. Everything has fallen wonderfully into place for Lydia. We will definitely really miss each other, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages! We are very grateful for this opportunity! Ineke is bringing both girls this summer. We are think of somewhere mid-August. Jiska and Phebe start school again on August 19.

We are looking forward to the following visitors in the coming weeks: Ineke’s mother (May 24th ), Liesbeth’s friends Hannah (May 26th ) and Vera (late June). Also, our school will end within 4 weeks and we are really looking forward to that! Liesbeth will graduate on June 1st  and the school stops on her 18th birthday: June 7th !

We greatly appreciate your support.
We wish you all the best!
God bless you,

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

 

 

 

 www.tearfund.be

 

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

 

for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible): http://thebellfamilyfoundation.com/

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

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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Newsflash about the building of the hospital 30 : Solar Panels!

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News from Ouagadougou 78

Photos: Peter at work at a mobile clinic; Marianne in action; behind the decor of the puppet-show; repetition of the message; the installation of solar panels; solar panels on the roof of the first building; after digging all day! (so exhausted!); Liesbeth in lab for her dissertation; March 8th was International Women’s Day: in ‘uniform’ with our family and interns.

Dear friends,
First we want to wish you a Very Blessed Easter. What a great joy it is that we can celebrate every year and consider what it means for us to have a Savior who is alive!

We also wanted to give you a brief summary of how it is in a sunny Ouagadougou (J).

The biggest news is that the building permit is signed since Wednesday! This means that the application for medical work we will do in our buildings now can be submitted. We can begin within 3 months!

Also, the installation of our solar panels is almost complete. These panels will give us not only light, but also drive the water pump. Soon the contractor will come to finish the second building. This too is great news.

Last week we were visited by a group from Germany, led by good friends of ours. It was very good to reconnect! They have helped us very well, first by starting digging a trench in the field at the building site for the water pipes (the ground was hard as stone!), and then they have helped for two days with a mobile clinic.

All is well with our 4 nurse-interns! They have helped a lot with the mobile clinics and medical visits to businesses. Also, they have learned to do a puppet-show from ‘Go to Nations’ which they perform during the mobile clinic visits. Our lion (Marianne from our church) has spent much time puffing in that suit! The children always think it’s great.

We appreciate your prayers for the Liesbeth’s schooling next year, but also for Lydia. We are looking for alternatives for her since we’ve had a very difficult school year this past year.

We Wish you all the best,

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

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Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: through the Bell Family Foundation (tax deductible): http://thebellfamilyfoundation.com/

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

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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