Loma Linda University student and wife help renovate pediatric ward in Nigeria
From left, Belen Lohr, MD, Tim Gobble, Zachary and Angela Vande Griend pose in front of the new mural.
Zachary and Angela Vande Griend wanted to help the children at Ile-Ife Seventh-day Adventist Hospital. During the month of July, Zachary, a second-year medical student at Loma Linda University, and his wife, Angela, a primary school teacher, visited the Adventist Health International hospital in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Once there, they noticed that the pediatric ward of the hospital had simple, plain white walls.
The Vande Griends decided that they wanted to make the place more child-friendly by adding some color.
Using funds donated by Angela’s grandparents, David and Rosalyn Radcliffe, Zachary spent hours painting the walls while Angela and current full-time missionary physician Belen Lohr, MD, painted a mural of Noah’s ark and animals on the entrance wall to the ward.
The Vande Griends purchased blue valances to decorate the windows and then hand-painted animals on wood squares to use as curtain holders.
They also purchased a solid wood children’s table with benches, which were painted with rainbow colors and placed next to the mural as a place for the children to sit and play with toys.
Part of the money was used to buy local wood, which Timothy Gobble, a visitin
The upgraded pediatric ward with Noah’s ark mural is now more child-friendly.
g pre-medical student from Oregon, used to build a wooden rocking horse for the children’s enjoyment.
The remaining funds will be used to place a mosquito net over each patient bed to help protect the children from mosquitoes carrying malaria.
Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Adventist Health International, and chancellor of Loma Linda University, and Jerry Daly, MSLS, assistant vice president for global outreach at Loma Linda University, were on hand to dedicate the new pediatric ward on July 28.
Dr. Hart thanked the Vande Griends, Mr. Gobble, and Dr. Belen Lohr for their many hours of work, as well as the donors who generously gave money for the project. He then dedicated the ward with a prayer.
Jason Lohr, MD, full-time missionary physician at the hospital, is thankful for the work that was put into the pediatric ward renovation.
“Ile-Ife Seventh-day Adventist Hospital extends a heart-felt thank-you to Zachary and Angela for their efforts, and to David and Rosalyn Radcliffe for providing the necessary funds to improve our pediatric ward,” says Dr. Lohr.
“We know that thousands of children will be blessed by the colorful artwork and play area that have been provided for them,” he adds.
By Dustin R. Jones, ma