Shipment of Aid to Ivory Coast, Africa

Sea Container of Supplies for Ivory Coast




Medical Missionaries partnered with Birthright Ivory Coast in October 2011 to send a sea container of medical supplies, clothing, toys, and household supplies to the poor in Ivory Coast, Africa.

Some of the supplies had been collected by Birthright Ivory Coast, some were from the Medical Missionaries' warehouse in Bristow, VA.  All the supplies were loaded into the sea container at the Medical Missionaries' warehouse.

In the early stages, the sea container seemed so large that it would be impossible to fill.

But there were lots of supplies from many sources.  Many hands moved the supplies very efficiently.

Medical Missionaries is very grateful to the young and not-so-young volunteers who make it possible to send these supplies to the poor throughout the world.

Two of the hardest workers were Chantal Doue, president of Birthrigh Ivory Coast, and Dr. Gilbert Irwin, president of Medical Missionaries (shown), who actively participated in all aspects of the move.

For three hours, volunteers worked to retrieve supplies from various storage locations and prepare them for packing in the sea container

Just as one truck was unloaded, there was another truck filled with more supplies for the people of the Ivory Coast.

Infant cribs, commodes, canes, walkers, medical equipment for clinics, and much more was carefully packed into the sea container.

Mattresses had to be retrieved from the upper floor of the barn that serves as the center of the Medical Missionaries' warehouse.

Medicines, pads, and gauze were fit under and inside the cribs, still leaving enough room for the mattresses and other housing supplies, as well as additional medical equipment.

The sea container is brought by ground from the Medical Missionaries' warehouse to the port in Baltimore and from there to Ivory Coast by ship.  The total journey will take at least two months.

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