Pictures: a selection of the many pictures we have from the day: cooking in the middle of the night; ready to go (in the pouring rain); arrival of the minister of health; Peter’s speech; a group sings a blessing over the hospital; a group of dancers; part of the guests; donation of medicine from the ministry; cutting the ribbon; Peter’s turn to cut; Arjo gives explanations about the plans; interview with the press; visiting the rooms; the table of honor; the last helpers of the day; what a day, what a blessing and joy!
This time, our newsflash is entirely dedicated to the official opening of the Paam Laafi hospital on January 18th. We received the visit of a delegation of Tearfund Belgium, they stayed a week and have also visited the Pan Bila project. Peter’s parents also came for the occasion. All visitors left on January 24th.
We are very thankful that everything went well that day. It was a fantastic day for the whole Paam Laafi team and the many guests.
The big day started with a totally unexpected rainstorm. This is unseen in the middle of dry season! The tents we rented for protection against the sun, now served as rain protection as it kept raining a little bit during the ceremony.
In spite of the warning for an opposition manifestation the same day (this was also unseen, as ten thousands of people came on the streets in the whole country in a peaceful march) a whole lot of guests came to celebrate this opening. On the program were different speeches, we listened to Peter, the director of Tearfund, the mayor of Saaba and the minister himself. After the benediction prayer by dr Kiswendsida’s father, who is a pastor in the neighboring little town, we proceeded to the cutting of the ribbon.
2 local groups sung a blessing and danced for the public. The ministry of health gave us a number of different types of medication and we showed the official guests the rooms. The last part consisted in a meal for everyone. We estimate that about 750 people shared our meal and luckily that all went well.
Tired but happy, we went home after cleaning up the last bits and we thanked God for all the answered prayers. What touched us the most was the help and collaboration of so many volunteers who each did what they do best and contributed to the success of the day. Heartwarming!
The next Monday morning, 7 patients lined up at the hospital door. It’s going to be busier now, especially after the news got out on the radio, the TV and the newspaper. The work goes on!
Prior to this all, we had the visit of Liesbeth and Lydia. We are very thankful that both of them could spend time here with us around Christmas. They each started the second semester at their schools and are doing well.
Soon we will have more news about the plans for this coming Spring, but we already expect 4 nurse-interns and 1 medical student intern on February 5th and 6th.
Many greetings from us all, God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen
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