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Kitsap Nonprofit teams up with local businesses to fight Ebola in Africa
Thanks to generous donations from Kitsap County physicians and businesses, Silverdale nonprofit Children of the Nations (COTN) is sending 200 pounds of medical supplies to West Africa to combat the recent Ebola outbreak.
The shipment, which left Silverdale Wednesday, will arrive next week at COTN’s ministry center in Sierra Leone, where the organization serves about 2,000 children. The shipment contains enough supplies to allow COTN’s medical clinic staff to fight the disease for 90 days.
While the Ebola outbreak has not yet reached COTN’s ministry center, the staff is on high alert, as nearly 1,000 people in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola over the past several months.
“If Ebola comes into our center, we now have the supplies to stop the spread of the virus if our staff or children were to get it,” said COTN staffer Dave Spoon, who organized the shipment.
Wednesday’s shipment included medical supplies donated by Tim’s Home Medical Supply of Bremerton and the Pacific Surgery Center in Poulsbo, where COTN board member Dr. Mike Jungkeit operates. Bellingham-based Gundie’s Auto Recyclers helped cover the cost of sending the supplies to Africa via air freight.
This is the second shipment of medical supplies COTN has sent to Sierra Leone this month. The first shipment, sent on August 11, was spearheaded by Kitsap doctor Dan Diamond, who served on the COTN board of directors from 1995 to 2012.
Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit cotni.org.