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August 2022 Update from IHP

Charles Powell writing:

We remain in a certain degree of flux, but there are some plans are being considered for travel to Zinga! I, and possibly some others, will be traveling to Zinga in December or January. That's not the ideal time to go due to it being the rainy season, but we make plans around opportunities and work schedules as we are able. We also have some students who wish to visit in the Spring, and we are working toward accommodating them.

In other news, I have been approached to be the "client" for a Valparaiso University Department of Engineering project. I am hoping to provide them with an innovative assignment that will benefit our neonatal intensive care unit, and possibly create a reproducible device that can be used in other places in the developing world. Of course, my primary goal is to equip our unit in Zinga. Keeping it in the family, my daughter, Dr. Bethany Luke, is the faculty advisor for the project.

After many months of struggles and disappointments, we see a glimmer of hope toward moving forward. The support of our donors has far exceeded expectations. God, as always, has worked beyond all expectations.

Charles W. Powell, MD President IHP US

Dr. Kenny George writing:

Hello IHP donors and family,

We hope you are doing well and quite fine.

We are doing quite well and standing strong to support the vision and mission.

We attended a nine-year-old boy Samson J, who presented with a scalp infection that has been recurring on and off for over a year and that was a nuisance to him. He tried topical agents mostly which were ineffective. We diagnosed him with tinea capitis and the child was put on Griseofulvin 250 mg tabs to be taken nightly.

Currently, he is doing well and fine.

Paula writing:

On Monday I’ll be 80 years old. What a gift of life I’ve been given. Most of the women in my family died in their early 70s and I expected I would, too. I think IHP has saved my life, given me purpose, and made life worth living. Thank you, God. Thank you to each of you.

Denny and I do a daily devotional study from The Daily Word. For Aug 17th it read:

I join with others to create world peace.

At times I wonder whether my efforts to work toward world peace make a difference. I may doubt how one person’s effort can help eradicate strife and discord.

Rather than feel discouraged, I realize my small actions generate more goodwill than I can imagine. Each compassionate word I speak and each act of kindness I perform send ripples of love into the universe.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace - Numbers 6:26

For today, Sunday, Aug. 28th, 2022, the word is “Purpose.”

Over the course of my life, I have discovered what has kindled my passions, captivated my attention, and made me feel most alive. My passions lead me to discover my purpose to which I choose to devote my time and my life.”

For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. John 18:37

As Mark Twain said:

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.

IHP has given my life purpose. Thank you for making it possible me to live up to the purpose God put me on earth to fulfill. Thank you, God, for giving me 80 years to serve you and for whatever more years are to come.

The Christmas-in-July $25,000 grant challenge will have to continue for a while. Luckily, the donor is extremely generous and is giving us another month to be able to match the grant. Solar power will save our x-ray machine from more expensive repairs due to the frequent outages from the national electricity grid.

To donate to IHP for the solar grant, or for the general fund, please address a check to:

IHP - Duane Quanbeck, Treasurer

2420 N. 6th Ave. East

Newton, IA. 50208

Or: go to our website, and click on Donate


Call Duane at 641-831-9170 and he’ll put it on your card.

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Sele writing:

My Dearest Friends in Jesus Christ. I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.

This is the time, where we provide you with the update of what is happening here in Zinga Bagamoyo.

The crew has been installing the ceiling boards of the Maternal and Child Health Center.

We are mostly clearing our boundaries in case of fire coming from outside of our property. The path we are clearing is going to help stop fires so that our land and our houses will be safe.

Also, the sewage system of the clinic was blocked for a few days, and we had to change some of the pipes. Now the system is back to normal.

Thank you so much for being with IHP and supporting this project here in Zinga Bagamoyo. We really appreciate your support for this project. It is you that makes the work here possible. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Selemani Shabani,


Paula Lofstrom Managing Director International Health Partners, US & Tz Pray, believing.Act on your faith and go forward. God is always with you. Love is always the answer.

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