July 2017 e-news
Delivering a World of Health and Hope .
Niger team visits SOS
Three visitors from Niger recently traveled to Supplies Over Seas to seek aid for their country on behalf of their government and Action Development Syntragro NGO. Hadiza Cherif Salissou, Rahimoun Yahaya Garba, and Rabiou Alzouma spent a week with us learning about our mission and how we can work together to provide aid to Niger. We also connected them with other local nonprofits who offer other resources. Niger is one of the poorest countries in Africa and is in desperate need of humanitarian aid and medical supplies. 

During their visit our visitors learned more about Louisville and made lasting friendships. Activities included visiting the Muhammed Ali Center, touring a local hospital and attending a cookout at board member Sue Davis' house (pictured above) and trying various foods and desserts - they loved ice cream! The week concluded with a mutual commitment to work together and send Health & Hope in the form of multiple humanitarian containers during the coming year. 
    Supplies Over Seas summer intern Aveon Williams (left) leading Niger guests in sorting medical supplies
Thirteenth Container of 2017 heads to Senegal!
    Adama began his journey to ship a container of medical supplies to his home country of Senegal almost two years ago. He has been living and working in the United States as a bio-medical engineer for almost ten years. Prior to moving to the United States Adama worked as a rural nurse in Senegal and saw first hand the lack of resources needed to provide adequate healthcare throughout Senegal. After two years of fundraising and donating largely out of his own pocket towards his cause, Adama needed help.

   Brown Forman heard of Adama's plight and responded by sponsoring his dream of shipping a container to his home country! It is because of partners like Brown Forman that Supplies Over Seas is able to continue our mission of spreading Health & Hope to areas of the world in desperate need. A container left Supplies Over Seas in mid-June and should arrive in Senegal sometime in August.
    Adama in front of empty container just prior to loading  
  Group from Brown Forman pictured with Adama (far left) in front of fully loaded container.
Health & Hope Arrives in Uganda
Teach to Transform teams took supplies from Supplies Over Seas on their recent mission trip to Northern Uganda to serve South Sudanese refugees. The supplies were used in the training of community health workers on proper, often life saving methods for care. This included creating wound care and infant resuscitation packs to be left to support continued medical treatment as well as to provide a template to hopefully find similar tools available in their community.

One young man shared that his sister recently lost her baby as they fled from South Sudan to Uganda and had he had this training and supply kit he may have been able to save his nephew.

Thank you Teach to Transform for your wonderful work and allowing Supplies Over Seas to support your mission!
 
Meet Our Summer Intern
 Aveon Williams, interned with Supplies Over Seas for six weeks this summer. Aveon came to work with us through his connection with Denise Sears, SOS President and CEO from her time working in West Louisville. He has learned valuable life and job skills including setting up and leading a sort group with his peers from Neighborhood House, letter writing, data entry and a variety of administrative tasks. He also gained a greater understanding of global health issues.

"What I have learned at Supplies Over Seas is that when we are sick or not feeling well we can go see a doctor and tell them what is wrong and they can give us attention and care to help us feel better. In other countries it is much more difficult because they do not have enough doctors or supplies or medicine to care for all those in need. At Supplies Over Seas I learned that a band aid really can save a life " - Aveon Willams

Aveon will be attending Ballard High School in the fall and will be participating in the color guard. We hope to have him come back and visit us in the future! 
    Aveon leading a volunteer sort group from Neighborhood House
    Loading an infant warmer onto a container to be shipped to Haiti (From Left: Mark Sears, Jordan Crook and Aveon Williams)  
SAVE THE DATE
Health & Hope Breakfast 2017
October 19th
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