Post by Ann Marie
Hi everyone, this is Mai's mom filling in for her while she is traveling. Well...she is on her way! Mai flew out last night to meet Aubrey Weinstein at JFK this morning. About 10:30 ET this morning they hopped on the first of two flights to get to Sri Lanka. Mai brought three suitcases filled with first-aid kits and medical supplies and the rest we will ship.
Let's just say we have a dining room filled with wonderful boxes of medical supplies and... we still have a couple more boxes coming. It is such a great problem to have because Mai struggled last year to get enough supplies to satisfy the needs of the Ghanian people. This year, she brought what she could carry as well as shipping items.
When Mai returns, at the end of July, she plans to ship boxes of supplies to Maggie, the woman she worked with on the Cape Coast of Ghana. Mai keeps in contact with the people she met so she can continue to ship them the supplies they need throughout the year. The engineering team at Western Digital donated about 20 blood pressure monitors so the foundation will send ten to Maggie in Ghana and the rest to Sri Lanka. She brought a couple with her on this trip but wants to asses the needs of the area closer before she sends them eight more.
I have to say, as Mai's mom, I am pretty darn proud of her. I don't know how she does everything she does while keeping straight A's, working at Golden Spoon and spending time with friends.
Tomorrow's plan is Mai will spend the day with the local coordinator she is working with to go over the details for the next three weeks. She wants to make the most of her time in Sri Lanka, and both dispense the supplies/kits as well as volunteer. Mai planned things a little differently on this trip with the supplies and made it easier to only bring what she knows is needed in specific areas.
I will do my best to update this daily while Mai is gone.