School girl with solar lantern
This has been a difficult year. Our shipment of 2300 lanterns from our supplier was delayed for months. It finally was delivered to the Salvation Army warehouse in April. Since then, we have distributed approximately 800 solar lanterns. Of these, about 400 have gone to the homeless, primarily in the Baltimore/Washington area. That was the easy part. Much harder now because of the virus is sending the lanterns overseas. Nevertheless, we have succeeded in sending almost 300 lanterns to Senegal, in addition to the 1000 solar lanterns that were shipped directly from the manufacture to World Vision in Myanmar. That is almost 1300 lanterns that will make their way to school children. In remote villages.
But there is more. While we were waiting for our shipment from overseas, we managed to locate a few small stocks of solar lanterns that were already in warehouses here in the US. We purchased about 150 lanterns of assorted models. Of these, we managed to deliver 90 to a local charity in Sedhiou, in the the Casamance region of Senegal. And these actually arrived in Sedhiou last week after following a very torturous route. We have a contact in Glendale, MD, whose family runs a shop in Dakar. He ships a full-sized shipping container regularly from the US to his shop, which is run by his mother. He does not charge us, which makes this a good deal for us. But it is slow, adding another couple months to the process. We dropped off four cases of lanterns (48 lanterns per case) to him two weeks ago. Two cases will go to Sedhiou and two will be distributed by CorpsAfrica, whose director in Senegal is the uncle of our contact in Glendale. Family is everything.
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