Health Partners

Caring for Children


March 2015 Update

Dear Friends of the Children of Tanzania,

Mary Ellen Kitundu

After working for three years on building and all of the support activities (water, equipment, grounds), we are very close to actually taking care of our first patients here in Zinga. This will be an event we have been looking forward to for a long time. Here is what is left as of March 20: 

1. Ceiling is almost in, we should be done with it by the end of the month. They are putting up the plaster board, plastering it, and then painting it.

November 9, 2016

2. Floors…almost all the floors have the initial terrazzo on them. We think they will have that stage done by the end of this week including the ramps and stairs. The floor will be dazzling white so we can see if there is any dirt on it! 

3. Walls are being given their final smooth plaster…need to have primer and paint, but we have a team coming with paint brushes and willingness to paint! 

5. Windows: all the frames and security grills are installed, and the actual windows and doors are done and ready to be installed when the floor is done. 

6. When the floor is done, the toilets and all the many sinks are waiting to be installed. 
So we are very close to being able to put equipment into the rooms and set up this building for child care. The money will come out to be about even! So this is always a good thing. Of course we have money in certain designated accounts, but we can’t use that money for anything else. And we don’t.


A couple of months ago, the manager of the electrical company was going to bring us electricity for almost no cost. We were so excited. In anticipation of someday getting electricity, two months ago we installed all the wires necessary for the OPD. Then he was in a big automobile accident and bedridden for months. The acting manager did not know anything and so did not act, and refused to act. 

But last week, the electrical company came up with a proposal to install one phase electricity. Neighbors were going to help with the expenses so that the whole process would be about $2000 for IHP. So we purchased 23 poles. We were so happy because it meant electricity for the lab and clinic, for the volunteers, and lights for the guards to provide security. Hurrah! 

Then one neighbor pulled out and refused to have the posts cross his land. No reason given except “it wasn’t in his plan.) Sigh. The little church that was going to go in with use to get the electricity does not even have the $2000. 

So that means that if we want electricity, we have to pay about $7,800. We have already paid $3,250 for the poles (although we might have to buy 3 more poles to go around the neighbor’s land). But there are wires, transformers, and meters. We hate to give up electricity at this time because we don’t have $4550. And next year it will be even more expensive. 

Well, you probably didn’t want all the details. But this gives you a little idea of what we cope with here in building the hospital. It is never easy, but somehow we work and work and it gets done. But now we are facing a problem of $4550. We still want to meet our goal of opening the hospital on time, but we also want the electricity. 

If you have friends or organizations who would be interested in helping us out within the next month, we would appreciate it.

Think of us when you push that button and turn on the light! Nights in Africa are very, very dark. Thanks for reading this, we and those children we will care for, all appreciate it.

Sincerely, Mary Kitundu
President of IHP-US, and IHP-JEMA-Tanzania


We left Overland Park, KS three days ago and traveled over the vastness of the western plains from Council Bluffs, IA into Nebraska City and continued west across the unending flatness as far as the eye could see of the state of Nebraska. In the distance eventually we saw a range of snow-capped mountains, indicating we were entering Wyoming. The topography of the geologic formations was that of long-dormant volcanos in what must have been an active cauldron area millions of years ago, eroded stripes of lava coursed vertically down the mountain sides and ended up in eroded lava beds ast the bases, some configured like a wall of posts extending out into the fields. Interesting geology. 

Dangerously close to running out of gas, the warning light coming on, we drove into the Flying J gas station at Cokeville. We were glad to find a motel room at the Hideout motel and checked in for a quiet night of rest. 

The next morning we ate breakfast at the Ranch Hands restaurant which had a posted wanted notice for the 3 Dalton brothers offering a $2500 reward for their apprehensions. It was the wild, wild west at one time. 

We continued westward in the moring to Idaho Falls, ID. In Idaho Falls we are attending and presenting at the LCMC Intermountain West District Gathering, a welcomed invitation to meet new people and tell the story of International Health Partners, US/JEMA-TZ. Then we return to KC for another couple of weeks before going west again to Colorado. 

We thank you all for your support of our fund raising endeavors for The Children’s Hospital at Zinga.

Selemani Shabani

Hello to everyone.

I am very, very happy being able to have another car. This is because of the other ones we have been using before are too old, and they were broken most of the time. Without your car contribution we couldn't have managed to buy this car. Thank you very much every one of you for your car contribution. We are very proud of having you as IHP JEMA donors. You know that without you there is no IHP JEMA, and without you we can't manage even get one building done. Now our dream is coming true. Thank you so much for letting this happened and also thank you for your kindness. Together we are doing God's work. If not for you and us who will do this? Nobody. You are so special to us, I know you have a lot of things to do with your money but among of all thing still you are doing this, God's work. 

Once again thank you very much for buying us a car and also thank you for everything.

Let's serve these Tanzanian children and mama's. 
Stay blessed.


Paula Lofstrom

Your donations are doing the exciting work of finishing the first unit of The Children’s Hospital at Zinga. Our goal is to open in June, or maybe July to start serving the general population around Zinga and to serve the children of Tanzania. Thank you.

The LCMC District Gathering at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID was inspiring, uplifting, and altogether just fabulous. Dr. Gemechis Buba gave rousing, talks steeped in Biblical history brought alive as though you could see the figures striding across the room. We met new people and were able to give our talk at one of the breakout sessions. It’s on YouTube, I believe, or will be. 

Now we’re in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s snowing. It’s a good chance to work.

When I was 17 years old I was here with my parents. My father was desperately ill having had a heart attack, a gall bladder attack, and had pneumonia in both lungs. My mother was preparing me for the coming loss. I found a beautiful little chapel at St. John’s Episcopal Church. I knelt in the third pew from the front, on the right. There was a stained glass window there, with Jesus touching two small children.I was alone, deeply troubled and afraid. I prayed for my father, and for the rest of our family. 

God spoke deeply into my heart. There was no doubt, NONE, I had been told my father would be okay. I was SO relieved. 

So, I bopped on back over to the hospital. I was flippant and bouncing with relief. Of course, my mother was appalled at my behavior. Her husband was dying and her 17 year old was acting like a flighty, uncaring butterfly. 

However, my father gradually did improve. Actually, he lived another twenty years. But, I spent the entire summer here in Jackson Hole. I had to learn to drive so I could help my mother get us back to Kansas City because my father was still too ill to drive. 

Last evening Denny and I found that chapel. There was a candle light vesper service going on. We sat in the back, but when the service was over I slipped back down into the third pew from the front, right-hand side. The Lord’s presence enfolded me. I looked at that same window of Jesus with the little children and I knew He was surrounding me again with that love beyond all human understanding. 

It’s easy to lose sight, and feelings of being loved unconditionally. This extraordinary few days has again deepened my faith. And that faith includes the knowledge that we’re doing God’s work with your help, to help the little children, to bring His love to each of them and to answer their parents’ prayers.

God bless you for all that you have done to help this tremendous project being started. Please, stay with us. Next we will have to stock the pharmacy – one time only – after that it’s self-sustaining, but it will cost in the neighborhood of $10,000. Oh my.