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November 2021 Update from IHP

Charles Powell writing:

Greetings of the season to all the friends, donors, and supporters of IHP. We are coming to the close of another long, difficult year.

COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of the ways we interact, shop, travel, and communicate. We have not been able to go to Zinga, host the wonderful guests, nor interact with the dear people of Tanzania. Nonetheless, I remind everyone that we remain committed to the program and the process. As with nearly every other situation, we are actively seeking ways to make a difference in the lives of those who attend the clinic, and particularly to improve the lives of the children of Tanzania. Please continue to support the program as your heart leads you. Pray for the project, donate as you are able and as you see fit, and finally, look forward to the day that we can once again travel freely to return to Zinga. Charles W. Powell, MD President, IHP-US

Paula and Denny writing:

The current $25,000 challenge extended by Camille Koertner for continued work and staffing and supplying the Maternal and Child Health Center is already over halfway there! You’ve generously given $15,560.00. We’re less than $10,000 away from the top! Is it going to be a Happy New Year??

The IHP, US, Inc. Board has been having monthly meetings, planning, sharing ideas, and all of us wishing we could get our boots back on the ground at Zinga. Well, sandals in my case. But Covid…Covid. We must work from afar, envision the best possible outcomes, and press on.

The IHP-JEMA-TZ Board also had a meeting, and a committee for financial planning between the two boards in now in the offing. We’re putting in a new QuickBooks program, the old one just isn’t adequate anymore, and there is a lot of planning and preparation needing to be done. We’re up to it! Well, the finance team is. I’m not the financial Queen. Isn’t it wonderful that we’ve got folks on our board who love numbers, who are expert planners and marketers. And every single one loves Tanzania. Why? Because of the people.

You have stuck with us, your belief in the future and quality of health care that can be provided for the lovely people of Tanzania keeps us going, keeps the folks on track in Tanzania, and we all know, for SURE, that God is in charge and we only have to show up for work, however that can be done.

Thank you. Bless you.

Tuesday is “Giving Tuesday.” Please keep IHP and those we serve in mind.

We give special thanks to all of those folks who have remembered us with their memorial gifts, and planned giving in their wills and trusts.

Remember that if you prescribe a gift to IHP for a Christmas gift, we send every individual you designate a thank you card, so they’ll know their gift was well-used and much appreciated.

Please address checks to:

IHP – Matt West, Treasurer

8016 N. Everton Ave.

Kansas City, MO. 64152

Or, go to our website, and click on Donate!

Or, call Matt at 816-985-4406 and he’ll put it on your credit card.

We wish you good tidings, of great joy,

We pray for rain at Zinga as there is a terrible drought there now and rain may not come until April. Cattle are dying. Children are starving.

Dr. Kitundu is seeing this little girl who is 19 months old, severely malnourished, suffering from severe oral thrush. HIV Neg, but may have pneumonia, being investigated for TB.

We ask for blessings for all of those in peril that they might know peace.

We thank you for your continuing support Because It Matters.

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Dr. Kenny writing:


I attended a 98-year-old grandmother who was living in a very drastic condition. She had a left-sided stroke three years ago.

She told her relatives she wanted to visit the clinic at Zinga because she had heard good reviews from other old people. So, her friend Mrs. Mushi became the good Samaritan and brought this dear lady to us. We have a special fund supplied by you, the donors, to assist people like this woman. This lady is struggling as she can’t afford medical services which is medical insurance of 360,000/=TZS per year ($156.00) or for medications and clinic visits. She needs an air mattress as she is mostly bedridden. We managed to attend her and provided proper medications.

May the blessing of the LORD be upon you.

Dr. Kenny George

Selemani Shabani writing:

This is the time of the month, where we give you the updates of what is happening here at Zinga Bagamoyo.

First of all, on behalf of IHP,

I would like to thank every single one of you for being part of this project here at Zinga Bagamoyo. You have participated very well that's why we are where we are now.

We could not be where we are now, without you. IHP, you are our Angel.

We are blessed to have you. We value your time, your thoughts, your donations of equipment, dollars, and your help and support you have been providing to this project.


We are working on the maintenance and repair. Right now, we are facing a problem with the x-ray machine. The x-ray generator body is burnt out as you can see in the picture below.

This happened because the big fuses from Tanesco power blew out, and they were the reason our x-ray was damaged.

To solve this problem we need to have;

1. New generator x-ray circuit. This will cost 4,720,000/=tshs. ($2,050.00)

2. AVR. Automatic Voltage Regulator.

2,350,000/=tshs. ($1,020.00).

Total: $3,070.00 Lots of the patients are not getting the x-ray services here because the machine is not working.

Please, we are seeking your help with this matter. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EVERYTHING. Sele


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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