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February 2018 Update from IHP

Jesse Kitundu writing

Dear Friends to Children and Mothers of Zinga, Tanzania.

Another exciting month, a lot has been completed and a lot is still going on.

It is hard for me to see the real progress, especially when the same activities are still ongoing. But for the person not in site daily could easily see the progress.

For this month I can say a lot has been completed starting with the round houses for volunteers.

This is followed by Mary Ellen Kitundu Memorial Birthing that is taking shape rapidly. Plastering both Outside and inside is completed. Then, putting the windows, doors, ceiling, grills follows. All this should be completed within these last two weeks of February.  

 A new building that will hold the Operating Theater and Neonatal Intensive Unit has been started. Walls are raising up rapidly. Within the next two weeks the walls will have reached the lentil level, ready for putting on the roof.   The construction work continues without interruption as we have made enough blocks.

As the number of patients is increasing, waiting time to see the doctor is becoming longer and longer. Patients need something to eat. Very soon that will possible as we are now completing the canteen; where they will be served with tea, juices, and food. 

All this has been possible to achieve because of your donations.  

We really appreciate it. Let us keep going together; we are almost there and be blessed. Your donations are making a real difference for us. 

Thank you.

 

Jesse Kitundu, MD

International Health Partners. JEMA Tanzania

 

Selemani Shabani writing:
Hello Everyone.

I would like to present to you the work progress on the construction site. 

We are busy right now smoothing the Birthing center walls inside and outside. As you can see the pictures bellow construction guys are very busy on it. pic

After this then we are going to start working on the window installations, door installations, window screen installations and suspended ceilings.

Also we will be working on the floor concreting for the whole building.  After this then we will be ready to put the terrazzo flooring.

Secondly we have already finished pouring the ground beam for the operating suite and NICU. So after this, next week we will be working on the walls for these two buildings.

Thirdly, we are working on the round houses 6 and 7. We are on the finishing stage as you can see. Septic tank is dug and built.

Fourth, we are working on the canteen. As you can see the roof is completed, now we are smoothing the walls and the rest of the finishing will be coming up soon.

Fifth, we are going to start putting the roof on the guest house and right after, we are going to start on the finishing stage. This house will be able to accommodate about 16 people at one time. 

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for your donations,  your support and your help.

We have made it this far because of you. Just for you know, without you we couldn’t get where we are now. 

SO, I AM TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EVERYONE OF YOU FOR BEING an IHPTZ-JEMA DONER. 

Once again, Thank you very much for everything you have been doing for the people of Tanzania. May God bless you and your families. 

 

Regards,

Selemani.

 

Dennis Lofstrom writing:

 

We are in Vancouver, Washington as I write this.  Our hosts, Bob and Sharon Marble tell us it is beautiful weather, intermittent snow flurries (about 6” on the ground) and then sunshine melting the snow on the road and producing icy, slushy surfaces.  We are buying chains for our van before we go over the coastal mountains tomorrow.

 

Today we don’t have to travel anyplace, fortunately, and we can enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered trees (huge ponderosa pines), and even watch some of the Olympics.  We have become winter weather wimps accustomed to the 80—85 degree F. temperatures we have at Zinga.  The house is 72 F. but we feel most comfortable with our jackets on in the house.  My Minnesota thermostat has been long gone and Antarctica is a twenty-year-ago memory.  

 

Maybe being 90 has changed my tolerance for ice and snow, but I can enjoy it’s beauty still, from the inside of a warm house.  

 

Paula Lofstrom writing:

Dear IHP friends,

You can see from the reporting above by Dr. Kitundu and Sele that the progress at The Children’s Hospital at Zinga is going forward at a record rate.  Of course, this is because YOU have made it possible.  Thank you.

 

The Valentine’s Day – Have a Heart- $4,000 Challenge grant offered by Peter Kitundu, Jr. has brought in $795.00 so far.  Please, open your hearts to this need for our patients.  Because we’re still limited in what we can do, sometimes patients come in too sick or in need of surgery and we must refer them to larger hospitals.  So far our ambulance fund has $9,000 USD. It’s not enough.  Can you imagine, the taxi service for Zinga is a small motorcycle!  So, we must send seriously ill patients off on an open motorcycle going over bumpy, often wet roads, to receive care elsewhere.  Please, have a heart, and help us to be able to either buy an ambulance or convert one of our vehicles into one.  The Challenge will go on until April 1st.  Either we make it or we don’t.  You’re in charge of that.  The total cost will be about $40,000 for a new vehicle.  

 

To contribute to IHP, either for the ambulance fund, for building, or for our general running expenses, there are three choices:

 

#1 – Send a check to:

IHP c/o Joyce Zemel, Treasurer

1811 So, 39th St. #36

Mesa, AZ  85206

#2  Or call her at:

480-540-9317

#3  Or:

Go to our website, www.ihptz.org and click on PayPal.  

For donations that have been given over our Facebook page, we’re so very grateful.  However, when we receive the information from Network For Good, all donations are marked as “anonymous,” so we have no way of thanking you individually.  But we DO thank you!  

 

Our hosts for this last month, and all of the weeks of our schedule, have made us feel so “at home” in their homes.  Thank you to Karen and George Kalvass in Moraga, CA, to Diana Yorgan in Truckee, to Jim Welch and Lori Bill for sharing their joyful three dogs with us in Herriman, UT.  Thank you to Bob and Sharon Marble in Vancouver, WA, and now we’re “at home again” with Jim and Jean Davis in Post Falls, ID.  You guys are all such good sports!  God blesses us with your hospitality.  

 

WE WILL BE LOADING A CONTAINER IN INDEPENDENCE, MO THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.  PLEASE SEND WHATEVER BOXES OF QUILTS, BABY THINGS, OR FEMININE HYGIENE EQUIPMENT, OR BEANIE BABIES TO:

 

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH PARTNERS CONTAINER:

MICHAEL STRAUGHN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

℅ FRANCISCAN MISSION WAREHOUSE

2100 N. NOLAND ROAD

INDEPENDENCE, MO  64050

 

Please send a check to IHP for $10.00 per cubic foot in order to help pay for shipping.  Thank you!

 

Please remember the offer from H & R. Block for $20 off of  your tax preparation by using the coupon number NonprofitReferralID–40010001098553.  IHP will receive the $20.00 as a donation!