July 2019 e-news
Delivering a World of Health and Hope .
SOS Supports Local Education
For over 25 years, SOS has been transforming healthcare in communities around the world. In the last few years we have begun to put equal priority on transforming our own community. In June we were able to donate $50,000 worth of medical supplies not eligible for international shipping to organizations right here in Louisville!

SOS donates supplies to local art teachers and science instructors every month but in June we announced our formal partnership with JCPS! We donated over 1,000 lbs of lab supplies to be used in K-8 science classrooms for the upcoming school year. JCPS science curriculum encourages hands-on classwork that allows students to get educational experiences outside of typical textbook learning. As you can imagine, this requires lots of hands-on materials.

For a variety of reason, some items received by SOS cannot be shipped overseas. We constantly look for proactive ways that these supplies can be used in our own community and partnering with JCPS created an innovative solution. Included in our donation were items such as test tubes, glass slides and other lab materials that allow science teachers to expand their teaching capacity throughout the school year. In an era of budget cuts in the school system, SOS is proud to support the education for the next generation of leaders.
Stories From the SOS Family
In the countries served by SOS, access to basic healthcare is so limited that many individuals cannot travel to hospitals until their illness has dangerously progressed. For that reason, the medical mission teams we supply through our Hand Carry Program are vital to providing triage and primary care in rural areas around the world.
This month we supplied SOS consultant Rafael Horacio Magana with suitcases of supplies for a trip to his hometown of Ahuachapán , El Salvador. Rafael delivered them to Francisco Melendez Hospital where they will be used to treat the 100-150 emergency room cases the hospital receives daily.

Rafael says "Public health is extremely deficient [in El Salvador]. Public hospitals are extremely over-crowded, and they lack everything". Over-crowding and long waits are a direct result of the lack of resources hospitals experience in the developing world. We see this same story play out in every country we serve - mothers in labor need delivery beds, grandmothers with renal failure need dialysis machines, children with broken arms need casts. This underscores the important work that we do.

Our work directly addresses this lack of quality medical care, but we cannot do it without the support of our community. Please consider making a donation to SOS that will prevent the unnecessary suffering in the regions we serve.
What a Party!
If you were able to attend last month's Bourbon + Band Aids, we sincerely thank you for sharing an amazing night with us!

You can relive the evening with the amazing shots of the event from our media sponsor Tops Magazine.

After getting just a glimpse of our global mission, we have a variety of events coming up to help you personally engage with our humanitarian work! For instance...
Mark Your Calendars
Our July Meet & Greet is just 2 weeks away! On Thursday, July 25th from 5pm-7pm we will welcome Dr. Fletcher Padoko to SOS headquarters to share his amazing story of humanitarian work in Malawi. You can RSVP here!

Dr. Padoka will be speaking about his medical mission work in Malawi as well as his plans to further the economic development of his country. After Cyclone Idai hit in March 2019, SOS built a coalition with local partners (Love the Hungry & WaterStep) to send a first-response pallet of medical supplies, food and water purification equipment that Dr. Padoka helped distribute in communities hit hardest by the devastation. You don't want to miss out on hearing his amazing story! This event is catered by Raising Canes.

We also have many other exciting events in the coming months!
August 5th
2300 Lexington Road
Join us for an evening at Le Moo! A percentage of your bill will go directly to SOS and support our amazing programs!

August 21st
1250 Bardstown Road
Need an easy dinner idea after the Back to School rush? We've got you covered. Enjoy your dinner while your dinner purchase supports SOS!
September 19th
1500 Arlington Avenue
Join us for a Mission Team Meet & Greet and hear from an international partner about the work they are doing to riase the standard of global health!

Stay tuned for more info.
Support SOS on Prime Day
Prime Day is coming fast and you can support SOS while you're getting great deals. Just go to smile.amazon.com and make sure you're supporting "SOS International Inc" like in the picture below!

Supplies Over Seas (SOS) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment.

These stories of Health & Hope can not happen without your support.

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