Pictures: the 2nd building has a new ceiling; the wall at the 2nd piece of land, building coordinated by Arjo; the dentist in his own new room in the hospital; Adrie and Ineke reorganizing the pharmacy while the doctors work on reports; dr. Jacob is here with a brand new cardiologic ultrasound machine!; on the screen: Peter’s heart that seems to be very much OK J; the map of the hospital; view on google earth; our family.
We would like to start with thanking you for your ongoing support and prayers. It’s always nice to get a reaction by e-mail or even ‘real’ card once in a while. Thanks so much!
There’s lot of news this time:
- 2 days a week, we do medical check-ups of company personnel in the hospital. The majority of the workers of certain factories never get a chance to have such a thorough exam. It’s good to be able to do a follow-up too. This type of work makes it possible to keep Paam Laafi running financially and to be able to even keep investing in the buildings.
- 1 fixed day a week (usually Thursdays), we do mobile clinics in the elementary schools in the area around the hospital. The goal is to be able to do follow-up at the hospital. Yesterday, we could send a child with a serious toothache straight to the dentist at 5km, that was really encouraging!
- The dentist started this week with consultations in the hospital. His name is Jeremie Nikiema and he is very excited! He uses a temporary chair now, until the real dental chair comes with a container this spring. He has a long waiting list of children in the area and list of adults are waiting for dental care already.
- Arjo is doing all kinds of practical things, and is coordinating the building of a wall as part of our fence at the 2nd piece of land. His wife Adrie helps out with the medical activities and helps sorting out all the materials we keep receiving. We also received 10 biohazard suits and other Ebola emergency materials from SIM. We hope we will never needs them, but it’s good to have them.? So far, there is NO case of Ebola still in Burkina, thank God!
- Jacob is in the country for 2 weeks. He is working on 4 (!) different degrees still in France, and Peter is looking forward to being able to hand over part of the Paam Laafi work in May when he gets back here.
- In a few weeks, we will do a start-up activity with the village near the hospital. Go to Nations will organize a soccer tournament and it will also be the start of our preventive care activities with pregnant women and babies. We will get help from a midwife who works in the neighboring district.
- Ineke had a good trip visiting Liesbeth and Lydia in February. They are doing fine and we are thankful that we will see each other soon this summer.
Peter worked hard on a new website for Paam
We discovered that the new roads on the hospital grounds are already visible on google earth!
There will also be a fundraiser soccer tournament in Belgium organized by Tearfund Youth this spring.
The next letter will contain some more family news and pictures.
We ask prayer for the following subjects:
- For a good transition until the elections in October. Lots of illegal activities that have been going on in the past are discovered now and it’s a lot to handle for the transition government.
- For a good continuation of the Paam Laafi activities, we are very thankful for all our co-workers here and at Tearfund Belgium!
- For a place to live this summer in Belgium and also a car. We arrive in Belgium on June 9th and will leave again on August 17th.
Lots of greetings from all of us,
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe
Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
for the US (or UK and other countries): Through SIM International: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA” (or a different country), click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project
specifically 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 71008 for the hospital and code 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!