Interferences between our aerial tower and Ayaviri

The communication by the ministry of Transport and Communication came fairly late: A technician from Lima is going to check our transmitter system in Puno.  On Sunday Doris Manco, Head of our Media Centre, had  to totally change her plans and travel the ten hours to Puno in order to welcome Engineer Alejo on Monday morning.

As it turned out the quality of our aerials in Puno is so good that with our allowed power we reach the District Ayaviri, in Cusco State, 138kms away.

If we draw a circle with this diameter around Puno, it becomes clear that some parts of Bolivia can also tune into Radio Diospi Suyana.  What fantastic news.

The reach of our transmission tower is surprisingly fra-reaching.  On the right you can see the Peruvian-Bolivian border running through Lake Titicaca.

A concentrated charge of expertise

Every six weeks the hour of the “Junta Directiva” strikes.  The departmental heads meet around the black table and talk – sometimes until early the next morning.  Everyone is given a chance to speak and everyone has something to say.  Water, tea and coffee is provided.

(from left to right)

Dr Jens Haßfeld: the gynaecologist moved to Curahuasi 12 years ago.  He was also present for the first breaking of the ground back in May 2005.  Thus he is a pioneer of the first hour.  Hailing from Baden Württemberg Jens is deputy hospital head and part of the field management team.

Damaris Haßfeld: for three years now the mother of four is in charge of the growing contingent of nurses.  Somehow her days have more than 24 hours.

Dr Martina John: founder of Diospi Suyana, co-director of the hospital and head of the missionary station.  Born in Wiesbaden, Martina is a passionate paediatrician.

Dr Klaus-Dieter John: founder of Diospi Suyana, director of the hospital and head of the missionary station.  The German-Peruvian is often on the go.

Dr Thomas Tielmann: the vascular surgeon with the steady hand and the good eye has a long-term vision for the Hospital Diospi Suyana.  He recently became part of our field management team.

Steven de Jager: administrative head of all facilities.  The Dutchman keeps the overview and avoids red figures.

Oebele de Haan: as head of our workshops he takes part in many building activities and repair works.  He also has a Dutch passport.  He speaks four languages, constantly has good ideas and works exceptionally hard.

If there are any matters relating to the school on the agenda, head of school, Christian Bigalke is present at our meetings.  Yesterday, however, only matters relating to the hospital were discussed.  We start and end each meeting with a  prayer.

Quality out of the radio

What most radio stations transmit across Peru’s mountains is a mixture of warmed up repetitions of old programmes, adverts and nonsense.  To these the Christian Family Radio Station “Radio Diospi Suyana” offers an excellent alternative.  It is important for us that we include several topics including health, politics and upbringing.  The growth potential for our channel is huge and the need enormous.

Up til now Diospi Suyana has six radio frequencies.

Visitors and patients are offered small pocket calendars that fit in every purse.  On the back of which the frequencies of our programmes in the States of Cusco, Puno, Madre de Dios and Apurimac are listed.

In Curahuasi our car radio is tuned to the frequency 103.7.  It is a real joy to be able to listen to high-standard entertainment and a great message. /KDJ



Varnishing tables for the Media Centre’s second storey in front of the carpenter’s workshop

But every step is a challenge

Dear Diospi-Suyana-Friends, for the workers the highlight of every building site is when the concrete is poured.  This week our workers worked exceptionally hard in order to ensure that today would truly be “concrete-day”.  Many other works had to be done apart from the shuttering and reinforcement work of the ceiling slab, e.g. building anchor plates for the balcony balustrade, laying empty electrical conduits for lighting and communication cables,

chiselling pipe openings in the balcony slabs for the drainpipes or the shuttering for the difference in height of the ceiling: the top edge of the balcony slab is 6cms lower than that of the storey’s ceiling.  Due to the very congested upper reinforcement in and around the balconies, the tailor-made placing of the building components is very finicky work that requires a lot of time and patience.

The start of the pouring of the concrete this morning also did not go as smoothly as we had anticipated.  Unfortunately we regularly had and have problems with the rotation of the concrete mixer and the electricity supply.  I am starting to have my doubts as to whether we will finish everything today as planned.  Completing “the highlight” tomorrow is becoming more and more of a reality.  Next week you will read how we got on this afternoon and evening.

Wishing you a blessed Whitsun Weekend, Udo.

The last non-load-bearing partition walls of the ground floor are being lined with bricks.

Laying the bricks on the lintel and around the office’s entrance door.

Erecting the supporting frame for the narrow balcony on east side of the building.

Inserting the final irons for the future balcony.

The mast for the rotation of the concrete mixer is drawn backwards.

Here one can clearly see the 6 cms height difference.

Filling the concrete mixer with 20-litre buckets.

25% have been completed.

A conversation in passing

The patients fill the church sanctuary; the band has just started playing the first song.  I head into the waiting room and invite some of those sitting there to join us.

“May I ask you a question?” asks a lady, who, judging by her appearance, belongs to the middle class and is suddenly standing next to me.  I know these types of questions too well.  Since we do not have enough “coupons” (tickets) for the many people seeking help, I know that the lady will ask me immediately for a doctor’s appointment.

She begins: “I live in Puerto Maldonado…“- immediately I interrupt the lady – today I am not my patient usual self – :”Most of our patients have travelled several hours to Curahuasi!”  I want to steal her thunder, since I want to avoid a long discussion.

“This hospital here is unique,” the patient comes to the core of her question: “I own a large property in Puerto Maldonado, which I would willingly give you, if you built a second Hospital Diospi Suyana!”

I can fully understand her request – we receive such requests almost every month.  “Unfortunately a second hospital is beyond our possibilities,” I answer decisively and shake my head.

The second song is nearly over, a heartfelt applause rises up and Pastor Santos goes up to the pulpit… /KDJ

The hospital church, an unpretentious yet sublime place.

At any moment – day or night

Under Peru the Nazca Tectonic Plate pushes itself under the great South American Continental Tectonic Plate to a depth of 650km.  Due to these constant tectonic movements one has to expect a small or a large earthquake in Peru at every moment.  Last week, on 26th May, two people died in an earthquake in Northern Peru, in August 2007 500 people died, while the death toll of the earthquake in May 1970 reached 70,000.  Last year the district of Curahuasi was the epicentre of an earthquake with a magnitude of 4 on the Richter Scale.

Due to this ever-present, great risk earthquake-drills are performed yearly in Peru which Diospi Suyana takes part in.  On Friday morning at 10a.m. the sirens sounded throughout the country.  Everyone had to get out of official buildings.  The security measures worked brilliantly at the hospital Diospi Suyana.  Both staff and patients left the buildings immediately and congregated at the designated meeting points.  Several “injured” school pupils were treated immediately in the A+E.

According to Udo Klemenz the hospital’s buildings should withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.  Should there ever be even a tiniest building damage our building engineer has to build the whole hospital a second time.  We will have to insist on that. /KDJ

A bloodied face – fortunately only painted.

Further injured persons arrive at the hospital

The 376 pupils of the Diospi-Suyana-School assemble in groups around the school.  The sports ground is quickly filled with children.

The staff members assemble in the designated circles in front of and behind the hospital.

Patients and staff wait for the end of the earthquake drill.

Will everything work so smoothly in the real event?

An important practice for the real thing.

AEven members of the Dental and Eye Clinics and the Media Centre had to leave their buildings.

Created in God’s image

What a great idea to come up with! Dr Julian and Devyn Swanson and photographer Debora Castillo took 600 photos of members of staff and patients which they hung up on a wall in the hospital’s canteen yesterday.  The effort of the three of them and their team of friends was enormous.  (S)He who attended the opening ceremony of the art work yesterday evening agrees: it was well worth the effort!

The people on the photos show Diospi Suyana’s diversity and every photographed person is individually loved by God.  It was very fitting that the participants of the event reminded everyone present of God’s mercy.

Respect and recognition for an ingenious idea perfectly implemented.

The action’s initiators.

The whole team.

Seen during the preparations that afternoon.

Staff and patient photographs (everyone agreed to have their pictures exhibited).

An intercontinental “Dankeschön” for all patrons

Currently 376 pupils attend the Diospi-Suyana-School.  Most of them come from Curahuasi, a few from Lima, Cusco and Puno.  The missionaries’ children who make up around 10% come from very far away.  If money was the sole deciding factor 99 pupils of our Colegio would not be able to attend due to financial constraints: their parents are day labourers, severely ill or deep in debt.  In many families one parent is missing.

Thanks to the patrons from Germany, USA, Slovenia and Peru these pupils found their place in our educational facility.  These kind supporters from far away pay the school fees and other costs that arise during a school year.  The families in question pay a symbolic sum within the limited means at their disposal.

In the following short video the parents send their patrons a special greeting.  The names of their children are written on the signs.  What the patrons’ help means for the families can be read on the hearts: e.g. friendship, honesty, change and faith.

Thumbs up for all patrons who give poor children the chance of a good start to life.

A “Dankeschön” for all patrons.

Thanks to all patrons

May month-end

Dear Diospi Suyana Friends and building report readers, I hope you had a good Ascension Day and that many of you will be able to enjoy a relaxing long weekend.  You deserve it!  We have experienced a full working week that will end Saturday at noon.

To date most of the masonry works in the front section of the building have been completed.  Now only a few stiffening columns and some door- and window-frames in this area have to be encased and concreted.  Timing consuming fiddly work that one often underestimates.

The wide 3m extending balconies on the northern and western fronts of the building have been encased and the wickworkers have started putting the reinforcement down.

The encasing works for the next section of the ceiling (group rooms 2+3) are in full swing.  However, a lot of work still needs to be done before we can concrete the first section of the ceiling.

Till next week.  Sending you cordial greetings and wishing you God’s blessing, Udo

The installation wall between the toilets is being walled with hollow concrete blocks.

The toilet partition wall on the left has been built up high; in the rear you can see the encased lintels ready to be concreted.

Unloading the irons – a united effort.

Then they are pulled up onto the formwork before they are laid.

Champfer strips, window drains and drip moulds are nailed onto the edge of the balcony slab.

Laying the lower girders for the balcony slab.

Football is a favourite game played during lesson breaks.

The support frame for the wall in group room 3

In Peru the so-called “Dados concrete spacers” for the reinforcement cannot be bought in a hardware shop, but need to be concreted by hand.

Looking onto the building site on 28th May 2019.

More privacy for emergencies

Every month hundreds of patients are treated in our A+E.  To date the seven treatment places could be separated off by moveable partitions.  In practice this system had its flaws.
A couple of months ago the avid eye could see Oebele de Haan working at a solution.  He fastened rods and connecting pieces in the correct order and attached the suspensions to the ceiling.  Irma, the faithful soul of the hospital’s tailor shop, sewed the curtains diligently: the staff members are highly satisfied with the result, with the exception of the colour that is still being fiercely discussed in some circles.

The curtains not only create a larger private sphere, they also have a touch of comfort.

Looking onto the old partition walls.  Above you can already see the rods on which the curtains will hang.

Clear, tidy and practical.

Dra Jana at the rear table belongs to the “beige-group”; some loud voices had fought hard for the colour blue.

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