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January 2020 Update from IHP

Jesse Kitundu writing:

Welcome to this special New Year of 2020, a year of hope.

In 2016 we laid down the foundation of The Mary Ellen Kitundu Memorial Birthing Centre and we hope in a few months it will be ready. Last year, 2019, we had 66 visitors that included non-medical and medical teams. 19 were students mainly the post-graduate M.D.s, nurses, and the senior doctors who had visited us previously. 

How wonderful this was for us to have you again and again. Thank you very much and KARIBU TENA.  This gives us hope in the future of delivering good quality of care in a variety of specialties as more teams are scheduled in 2020.

Last year, we attended 5485 patients and of which we had 1,585 (28%) children (1 day to 17 years of age.) i.e. 1114, (70%) of the children were under 5 years of age. This shows that children less than 5-yrs is the most affected group. With that number of patients, the total income as per last year was about Tsh 42.5 million Tanzania shillings, or about $18,000.00.  That is not enough even to cover the total cost for the hospital for even one month. Thank you for continuing to support the salaries of the staff.  Once the government insurance begins, we expect to increase our income and the hospital will become self-sustaining.

We continue to encourage you to join hands with us to make the dream come true of providing quality health care at The Children’s Hospital at Zinga.  It is hard to believe, looking back five years, that we have reached this far.   Once again, I say thank you.

Mbarikiwe sana, (Many blessings)

Jesse A. Kitundu. President IHP –JEMA TZ

Paula and Denny writing: 

Denny and I are still “on the road”, but it’s been exciting and fulfilling to find so many people interested in the project and interested in supporting it!  What a gift to the people we serve, and also to the folks employed at The Children’s Hospital at Zinga to make it possible to keep building, growing, and serving an ever-growing number of folks.  Thank you!

Yesterday we drove from Truckee, California to Chico, California.  We’re listening to a book about the Wright Brothers and all of the challenges they faced to get their plane off of the ground at Kittyhawk, and then to continue developing it; how they tried to sell it to the government of the U.S. and how the government wouldn’t even consider it.  The governments of England, France, and Germany wanted to develop flying machines, but the U.S. considered the Wright Brothers and their invention to be not even worth considering.  For a while.  But those loyal Americans persevered until the press that had ignored them before, and their government began to listen.  They persevered.  IHP will do the same.  We are not breaking new ground scientifically, but we are bringing the science of healthcare to people who need it in a place of caring and compassion. 

Matching Grant Challenge!

Dr. Christine Petersen has offered a challenge grant of $15,000 to the donors of IHP for a Valentine’s Day Love Gift to IHP!

Please note on the check or in your PayPal donation from the website,, that this is a contribution towards the Valentine’s Day Love Challenge. 

Donations can be mailed to:

IHP-Matt West, Treasurer

8016 No. Everton Ave.

Kansas City, MO. 64152


One way that people over 70 ½ can help this hospital to become a reality is to take advantage of a fairly recent change in tax laws that allows them to transfer stocks from their funds into our brokerage fund without a tax penalty and also reducing the total income on which you must pay taxes.  Below is a quote from Fideltiy, but you must check with your own tax person about the QCD exemption, Qualified Charitable Distribution.  

Please look at our schedule below to see if you’d like us to come. Talk while we are near you or on the way. 

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Do you want to make charitable donations now?

If you have to satisfy an RMD [Required Minimum Distribution] and you would also like to make a gift to charity, then consider a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). You may be able to kill 2 birds with one stone.

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. Once you've reached age 70½, the QCD amount counts toward your RMD for the year, up to an annual maximum of $100,000. It's not included in your gross income and does not count against the limits on deductions for charitable contributions. These can be significant advantages for certain high-income earners.

Due to changes enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a number of retirees may now take the standard deduction when filing taxes ($12,000 for singles; $24,000 for couples). For some, it may not make economic sense to itemize deductions on their taxes because they may not be able to get a tax deduction for a conventional charitable contribution. In such cases, QCDs—which do not depend on itemization—may be a useful alternative.

Tip: You don't have to wait until year-end to have a charitable planning discussion with your financial advisor. Once you reach age 70½, you can do a QCD at any point throughout the year. Remember, your QCD amount will not count as an itemized deduction. The rules are complex, so be sure to consult your tax advisor. 

Selemani Shabani writing:

Hello IHP Donors, 

It is my honor to share with you the work/plans we have for the 2020 year. Here is as follows;

1. Finishing up the Birthing center. Sewage system. Sanitaries. Clean water to the building. Ambulance lobby floor. Landscaping. Re-painting the building.  Sockets (outlets).

2. NICU building.  Conduit pipes. Water lines. Wall smoothing. Floor screed. 

3. MCH building.  Roofing. Conduit pipes. Water lines. Wall smoothing. Windows. Electricity. Doors. Sewage system. Clean water to the building. 

4. PICU building.  We have the foundations. We will proceed on putting up the walls. 

5. Garage building.  Roofing. Conduit pipes. Water lines. Wall smoothing. Windows. Electricity. Doors. Sewage system. Clean water to the building. 

6. Round house repairs.  Roof repair. 

7. Big house.  Counter for the kitchen.  Grinding the floor &  fixing the cracks. Landscaping. Clotheslines. Sealing the floor. Cleaning the house and make it ready to move in. 

8. Charles house. Kitchen counters. Windows (screens). Interior paint.  

9. Mower & BobCat servicing.  General service. Oil filter, fuel filter, engine oil, coolant.  

10. Finishing up the hospital canteen. 

Installing the screens. Hooking up the water to the building. Furniture. 

We are planning to finish what is already started. Then we can move on to the new projects. 

Thank you so much for what you have been doing, helping and supporting our Tanzanian people. Lots of families are happy and healthy because of you.

Yes, you are so important and special to IHP. 

Thank you again for being the reason for a lot of people to smile and stay healthy. 

Selemani Shabani. 

Dr. Bon writing:

The Zinga outpatient is doing well. The number of patients decreased compared to Dec. This is due to the heavy rain that destroyed parts of the road.  Additionally, this month is very tough for many people of Tanzania due to holidays i.e. Christmas, and New Year’s and sending kids to school.  School fees are due in January or the students can’t return to classes.  

2020 speaking schedule:

January 2020

24 – Eugene, OR

26 – OPEN

February 2020 

2 – Unity Church of Maui

9 – Immanuel Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA

16 – OPEN

23 - Coeur D’Alene, ID

24 – Kootenai Hospital, Coeur D’Alene, ID

28 -High River Christian Church, High River, Canada

March 2020 (Flexible)

1 – OPEN

15 – First Lutheran Church, Conroy, IA 

20 – Professional Women’s Meeting, Kansas City

25 – Louisburg, KS Rotary noon

April 2020

3 – Rotary, Santa Barbara, CA

4 – Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, Anaheim, CA

10 – Return to Tanzania

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