Health Partners

Caring for Children


November 2015 Update

Dear Friends of the Children of Tanzania,

Mary Ellen Kitundu writing

I discovered a second cousin I never knew. She came to Tanzania and spent 2 weeks caring for children in an orphanage, and then came to Zinga to help for another two weeks. She is painting the little chairs that we found in one of the containers, and they look great.

We are still waiting for electricity and this has given us the opportunity to get all the little details done before opening. So when she came, it was a perfect opportunity to get that done. There is lots of work to do. Building hospitals is hard work and the details can be overwhelming, but even one person can move health care forward. 

We just elected a new President in Tanzania. He seems to be a good man. When he found out that $125,000 was allocated to have a party to celebrate, he took that money and ordered that it be used to buy hospital beds for the big referral hospital in Dar es Salaam. Then he had cashew nuts and soda served for the party. He seems to be a good man and dedicated to health care in Tanzania...even one person can move health care forward. 

Paula and Denny are moving around finding more people to help and are finding that even one person can move health care forward.


My cousin and I went out to eat and asked a man to take a picture of us, then found out he is working with gas and an oil company, travels all over and his company is considering opening an office in Dar. We told him about the hospital and he said they always have projects in all the countries they have offices and that the Children's Hospital sounded like a good thing and he would remember us...even one person can move health care forward. 

A newly graduated baccalaureate nurse came and wanted to work with us. She has special qualifications to do research and wants to be involved..even one person can move health care forward. 

A ten year old boy sends us half of his allowance...even one person can move health care forward. 

All of you when you come, when you tell the story of the hospital, when you send money, when you pray for us, remember...even one person can move health care forward. 

And we are grateful to each and every one of you. 

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


Denny and Paula Lofstrom writing

Traveling from church to church, home to home, Rotary to Rotary to American Legion, to the Lakes Consortium, the diversity of audiences, has given us the opportunity to meet wonderful people, tell the story of IHP, and recruit new volunteers, and donors who are helping to build The Children’s Hospital at Zinga. 

Paula’s broken arm and foot have healed. Her young cousin, Isaac Vano, is still helping to do the lifting and carrying and has become the “sales person” for the Tanzanian crafts we display at each location. 

We’ve seen the weather change from sunny, warm skies and then the glorious colors of fall to driving in snow coming down like downy feathers in Toledo. We’ve gone from Kansas to Missouri to Iowa to Minnesota to Illinois to Indiana and we’re now in Ohio to spend Thanksgiving with Den’s daughter Beth. Our next stop will be in Madison, Tennessee, then back to Overland Park for a week. 

Paula will have back surgery at Mayo in Rochester on Dec. 10th. We’ll take a month off for that, and then speak in Florida on Jan. 10th. The complete schedule is below. We thank each of you for your support for the building of the hospital. We thank each of the hosts who have put us up and put up with us. We look forward to completing the rest of the trip! 

As always, if you would like to support the work of IHP in building The Children’s Hospital at Zinga, please send a check to: 

International Health Partners, U.S.
1811 So. 39th St., #36
Mesa, AZ 85206




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