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Christmas 2018 Update from IHP

Jesse Kitundu writing

Jesse Kitundu, president if IHP-JEMA-TZ writing:

Dear Friends of Mothers and Children of Tanzania.

This end of the Year 2018 has been a really fruitful year. The number of patients is increasing. We are seeing more patients day by day and month by month.  Patients with chronic diseases such as HIV, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension, keep coming back for follow up. This means patients are happy with our service.  We are proud also, to serve them.

The number of mothers with children seeking care from a pediatrician is increasing.  This means that there is a good understanding among parents about how important it is for a child to be attended by a specialist. Children with chronic problems such as cerebral palsy, malnutrition, anemia, and congenital malformation are regularly being brought in for follow up. Note that this child had viral conjunctivitis but within five days with the treatment he was fine.  

In January 2019, we will start to attend government insured patients and we hope that will boost up our income toward self-sustainability.

Anticipating an influx of more patients, we are hiring more staff. This month we employed a young MD from Bugando Hospital. He came all the way from Mwanza to Zinga to join us. He is very good, committed, friendly to all, able to solve most of the problems. He is committed to staying here for a long time.

As for construction, the project is progressing well.

Dear Friends to Mothers and Children of Tanzania, your donations have brought us to where we are, hard to believe within 5 years that we have come this far. 

Thank you very much and God Bless you. 

 

Wishing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019 

Jesse Kitundu, MD, President, IHP-JEMA-TZ

 

Dennis Lofstrom writing:

Why do we do what we do and have done for many years, building medical facilities in Tanzania?  Because YOU are the ones who have provided the miracles.  

One time we were down to $35 in our account and were afraid we couldn’t make the next payroll.  Yet, when we appealed to you, within three weeks we had $40,000, enough for payroll and to continue with the building.  That was years ago, but it is as fresh in our minds today as the knowledge that you care.  You care for IHP and you care for the people it serves.  Thank you.

Our twenty-year-old van with just over 200,000 miles on it dies in the driveway of a “Secret Santa” for IHP and a new (only 10,000 miles on it) cargo van is provided for IHP!

We live with miracles that you have provided.  That’s why we are able to do what we do.  

 

A Happy and blessed New Year to you all,

Dennis E. Lofstrom, MD

 

David West writing:

Nashukuru Mungu kwa baraka zake nyingi sana! I’m grateful to God for his many blessings. 

 

I’ve been a student at the University of Dar es Salaam for half a semester now and the Christmas break begins for one week starting tomorrow, so I’m super excited to return to the Children’s Hospital in Zinga and see in person all the accomplishments (as well as all the amazing, hard-working staff whom I think of as part of my extended family) Sele and his team of builders have been working in the past couple months. They’ve done so much in such a short time one would think they are emulating Santa and his elves! The roof finished on the NICU (Awesome)… the door frames, plumbing, and terrazzo floor in the Mary Ellen Kitundu Memorial Birthing Center… the new brick sidewalk leading to them from the OPD… the progress on the Lofstrom Home and Hostel… the foundations for the PICU and MCH…  and none of them would have happened without the gracious and loving gifts of support by you, the donors who have made it all possible. Each cement block, piece of wood, and drop of sweat (it’s 95 degrees here) by the hard-working construction team you’ve provided, bring the dream of a premier quality medical teaching facility for the children and mothers in Tanzania that much closer to a tangible reality. 

I’m grateful to God for you,  your love, your help, His work through your hands, His many blessings!

Can’t wait to see you here to see it for yourself!

 

Heri ya Kristmasi na Heri ya Mwaka Mpya!

Daudi Magharibi (David West)

 

Paula Lofstrom writing:

Merry Christmas!  What a wonderful year this has been for IHP, and YOU made it happen.  Thank you.

The matching grants offered this year were all met and all of this means that the service at The Children’s Hospital at Zinga will be expanded and that the building will continue.  Thank you.  

The Secret Santa who bought our new van has enabled us to continue our travels.  We’ve given 38 talks so far and have a few more scheduled, please see the schedule below in case you can see we’re in your area and would like to schedule us in for a visit to tell the story of how God is creating miracles in Zinga. 

The dog, Solo, belongs to Matt but I held him while Matt took the picture.  

God’s son Jesus showed us the meaning of peace, of compassion, and caring.  He demonstrated for us how it looks, how it works, and today, with your help, it continues.  We celebrate his birth now by remembering His place in our lives.  

There are eight more days in 2018, time for a final gift if you’re so inclined, you may be the answer to a mother’s prayer for her sick child.  YOU may be the Secret Santa to change a life.  IHP has a new brokerage account for year-end stock giving.  Matt West as our new treasurer is working into the job.  Joyce will be mentoring him throughout the year and she’ll also continue to receive donations and deposit them to keep the miracles coming that will save the lives of people in Tanzania.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

 

Donations can still go to Joyce, or can be addressed to:

IHP

Matt West, Treasurer

8016 No. Everton Ave.

Kansas City, MO  64152

mattgwest@gmail.com

for credit card donations, please contact either Joyce at 480-540-9317 or Matt at 816-985-4406

May 2019 bring you the joy of knowing you’ve made a real difference for good in the world today.  May Christmas live in your heart with love, peace, and grace every day of the year.  

  

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny