International Aid to Laos
In southeastern Laos, a dam collapsed in July 2018 killing over 50 people. The collapse caused widespread flooding and destruction in the surrounding villages. Thousands of people lost their homes and their personal belongings. Medical Missionaries volunteers recently helped to load a container full of clothing, medical supplies and household items to send to those in need. This container was on our calendar to ship out for awhile but some transportation scheduling challenges arose. We are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers who are flexible and available to help on short notice.
St. Joseph Clinic
The Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) recently installed new solar panels and a refrigerator at St. Joseph Clinic for the safe storage of vaccines at the Clinic, replacing the propane gas that had previously been used. Vaccinations are critical for mitigating the low survival rate of newborns and infants in Haiti. We appreciate that MSPP continues to partner with St. Joseph Clinic to improve health care in Haiti, reinforcing that the Clinic is an important part of the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti’s Central Plateau region.
Partners in Service
Medical Missionaries is fortunate to be able to partner with other local charities in our efforts to serve the poorest of the poor. We are very grateful to House of Mercy (Manassas, VA) for making thousands of rice packets that we have been including in our shipments of supplies to those in need in the USA (primarily in West Virginia, Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky), as well as our shipments of sea containers internationally. We have also been grateful to receive surplus clothing donations from Women Giving Back (Sterling, VA) to include on a number of our containers sent internationally. These partnerships make it possible to distribute food and other relief supplies to more people, making a real difference in their lives.
Volunteer Wayne Charles recently died suddenly at his home in Grundy , Va. We only knew him for a short time, but he was a long time volunteer with the Rock Lick Food Pantry. Like so many living in the area, he had worked in the mines as a young man and had major health problems as a result. We are told he was a quiet reserved person, but one who always tried to go the extra mile to see that people, particularly the elderly and those who could not get to the food bank, received the food they needed. We are grateful for his years of service to the community and send our condolences to his family