Saturday, 10 January 2009

Green Valley Rotary raising money for Tanzanian hospital

From Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas, United States
By Jeremy Twitchell

For the past seven years, Denny and Paula Lofstrom (photo) of Minnesota have commuted between Mwanza, Tanzania, and the United States.

Nine months of the year, they head up construction and operation of the Nyakato Hospital in Mwanza, a city of 2 million on the shores of Lake Victoria in eastern Africa. The other three months, they travel the U.S., visiting churches and clubs to drum up financial support.

They dropped in on the Green Valley Rotary Thursday to meet the group that has led the efforts of several Rotary chapters in Southern Nevada and Southern California to raise $58,000 to outfit the hospital's dental office.

Denny Lofstrom, a doctor, served a medical mission in Tanzania from 1958 to 1962, and the couple later returned for four years in the 1990s to rescue a failing hospital, Paula Lofstrom told the group. After that task was done, a friend asked the couple to give 10 weeks to help get a hospital project off the ground in Mwanza.

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