May 2018 e-news
Delivering a World of Health and Hope .
SOS PARTNERS JOIN TOGETHER TO
REDUCE BLINDNESS IN GHANA
Supplies Over Seas celebrated the loading of a 40-ft ocean going container of medical supplies and equipment bound for the Friends Eye Center in Tamale, Ghana on Monday, April 23. The container was made possible through the combined efforts of 13-year old Jordon Goldberg , World Sight and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Ministry Fund . The container, valued at approx. $203,107, will hold over 15,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment.
 
The project was initiated by 13-year old Jordon Goldberg in relation to his bar mitzvah. As momentum for the project grew, so did the participation of others. With support from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Ministry Fund and World Sight, SOS was able to complete the funding needed to send the container of medical supplies and equipment that will bring aid and medical relief to poverty-stricken men, women and children living in Tamale, Ghana.

Ghana is one of the countries most impacted by genetic cataracts, which affects all ages including children, and there are over 700,000 in the country who are blind or have visually impaired conditions correctable with medical treatment. Dr. Seth Wanye, of Ghana, an ophthalmologist and project coordinator, says that, “This container will provide medical supplies and equipment for the Friends Eye Center and other rural health clinics that work to improve or restore vision to thousands in need”. The container is scheduled to arrive in Ghana in early June.
Alhassan Iddrisu, Age 12, received treatment at the Friends Eye Center in Tamale, Gha na.
Jordon Goldberg speaks to the media about his efforts to raise funds for this container project.
The traditional post-container loading photo. It was wonderful (and rare) that our container receiving partner was able to be at SOS for the loading process.
Dr. Seth Wanye (front center) treats a patient at the Friends Eye Center.
Diane Curtis, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, KentuckyOne Heath; Denise Sears, SOS President/CEO; Dr. Seth Wanye, Friends Eye Center; Jordon Goldberg; Sue Davis, SOS Board Member. Seated L - R: Mary Gene Frank, SCNA and Sr. Maria Vincent Brocato, SCN, representing the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Ministry Fund, co-sponsors of the container.
L - R: Denise Sears, SOS President/CEO; Dr. Stephen, Jordon and Najla Aswad Goldberg and Dr. Seth Wanye celebrate as the container prepares to leave SOS bound for Ghana.
NEW INITIATIVE DEEPENS GLOBAL IMPACT
SOS is committed to changing global health in the regions it serves. As an MSRO, our focus has been to send medical supplies and equipment to provide medical care however we recognized numerous occasions where a more comprehensive health response was needed.
 
SOS has developed partnerships with Love the Hungry and WaterStep , organizations that work with faith-based and non-faith based groups. As part of our pre-assessment with prospective container partners, we establish needs for food and safe water, two critical factors affecting health. By forming these partnerships, the donations of medical supplies and equipment by our valued hospital partners will have a greater impact on the health in medically under served communities.
 
In early May, SOS shipped its first comprehensive health container to Action Development Syntragro NGO serving the Sonuci area in Niger, Africa. The container includes medical supplies and equipment (valued at over $300,000 and including the first anesthesia machine in the region) to benefit two area hospitals, pallets of Nutri-Plenty meals from Love the Hungry and WaterStep products. By bringing in the resources of our peer non-profits, we are creating a broader and more sustainable impact on the health of children and families around the world.
(L - R) Rabiou Alzouma, Hadiza Cherif Salissou and Rahimoun Yahaya Garba pictured here with SOS Board Member, Sue Davis (second from right) visited SOS in July 2017 to seek aid for their country on behalf of their government and Action Development Syntragro NGO.
Team SOS completes the container loading of medical supplies and equipment going to Niger.

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