November 2019 e-news
Delivering a World of Health and Hope .
Healthcare and Education for Teenage Moms in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in all of Africa - with 40% of those deaths among teenage girls aged 15-19 according to the United Nations Population Fund. In October 2018, a report stated that in the first 6 months of the year, as many as 45 women had died in childbirth at the Kambia Government Hospital. We see high rates of maternal mortality in the countries we serve, however SIerra Leone has reached crisis level.

Last month, SOS sent a large shipment to Kambia, Sierra Leone to jumpstart the opening the Kambia H.O.P.E. Center. The H.O.P.E. (Health, Opportunities, Progress and Education) Center was spearheaded by American missionary Katherine Cassidy who visited SOS in November 2018 with a mission to alter the trajectory of an entire community. With the opening of the H.O.P.E Center, the goals are to reduce maternal mortality, provide prenatal care for pregnant women and provide postnatal care for mothers and newborns. Our shipment will directly address the healthcare disparity in Sierra Leone by providing much needed supplies and equipment that healthcare workers in the Kambia district have had to do without. You can hear SOS President & CEO Denise Sears describing the impact this shipment will have on the lives of young women here .

As Katherine told us "We believe that if we can reach and educate our 14-year-old girls, we can change families, communities and lives within a generation. We believe in the health and well-being of all mothers, children and families. With the support of our community, we shape bright futures for women and girls who are healthy, educated and safe.”
Volunteer Spotlight
We have been celebrating many volunteer achievements over the past few months and we hit another milestone in October. In October, Therese Steilberg, one of our regular Monday volunteers and a volunteer at SOS since 2002, was given an award from RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) for 10 years of volunteer service. Therese was an RN before retirement and has helped sort and prepare thousands of pounds of life-saving supplies here at SOS!

We also hosted groups of corporate partners in the warehouse to help us prepare supplies headed to Sierra Leone and the upcoming shipments to various countries. Mortenson Family Dental, UPS and LG&E brought groups for team-building experiences that have an immediate impact on global health.
Mortenson Family Dental
Every day we have students, medical professionals and downright gracious folks in our warehouse helping us accomplish our mission. If you are interested in volunteering, we have available times every week Monday-Thursday. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month we also host volunteers 9am-Noon.   Click here for more information or send an email to volunteer@supplieoverseas.orgto schedule.
Mark Your Calendars
Kendra Scott
November 7th, 6pm-8pm

T onight! Stop by Kendra Scott at Oxmoor Center to shop  for Mom, Sisters, Daughters, Nieces, Grandmothers and Wives. Your purchase will support SOS while you get a head-start on shopping season!

Global Health Missions Conference
November 7th-9th

Southeast Christian Church hosts the largest global health conference in the country. Stop by our booth and say hello to the SOS team!
Personal Hygiene Giveaway
November 12th, 10am-1pm
SOS will host a Personal Hygiene Giveaway for Louisville-area social service organizations and nonprofits. Items are first come, first serve.

More Info Here
Giving Tuesday
December 3rd
Kickoff the season of giving with a donation to support global health. You can help write these stories of impact with a donation to SOS on Giving Tuesday!
SOS Holiday Party
December 11th, 5pm-7:30pm
Save the Date!
Join SOS on December 11th to celebrate the holiday season and celebrate the amazing impact created in 2019. More info to come.
Thanks To Our Supporters and Sponsors
Thank you to our most recent Corporate and Foundation Partners for supporting the mission of SOS!

Owensboro Health
Kentucky Colonels

Sponsors from the month of October:
Bill Wine Photography

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.

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