Post by Mai
Hearts for Hearts and ArtPass International joined forces to send medical supplies to Nigeria today.
Malcolm Asher is the Founder of ArtPass International whose nonprofit foundation seeks to change the way kids around the world perceive and experience the hospital through the power of art. I first met Malcolm before traveling to Ghana last summer. We were both utilizing the same travel blog for information about shipping supplies to Ghana and challenges we were up facing.
We soon realized we were traveling to the same area close to the Cape Coast of Ghana. Both of our foundations were trying to bring supplies and volunteer, so we started to work together on logistics to make it happen.
Malcolm recently made contact with a coordinator at a hospital in Nigeria that would help to pick up donations from the port in Calabar and deliver them to the proper location. We decided to combine efforts again and ship our supplies together to save money. It was a great idea, and I am sure we will do it again in the future!
Malcolm's team in Portland, Oregon donated 590 boxes of crayons to children that are in the hospital receiving care. The Hearts for Hearts Foundation donated band-aids, bandages, and gloves that will make their way to the villages that need the supplies.
Now we wait to see if the boxes get there and don't get stuck in customs. I made sure the paperwork was filled out correctly but this was my first shipment to Nigeria, so I will have to wait and see.