Congratulations to Give Children A Choice’s Debbie Davis and Thongchanh Vilayvong, Vitamin Angels’ staff Austen Musso, Catarina Sales, and those behind the scene. 4 million tablets of daily multiple vitamins for preschoolers and pregnant/lactating mothers have found their destinations in Laos.
We reported recently that 2 million tablets were delivered to the Nong Het District Hospital on July 31st. Today (August 1st), the second 2 million tablets were delivered to the Khoun District Hospital, 125 kilometers from Nong Het. It’s a wonder how 18-wheeler rigs can carve their way through the mountainous roads with dozens and dozens of hairpin turns. It was a beautiful driving day, a blessing during the rainy season, where landslides and disappearing road sections are commonplace.
The 4 million vitamins hopped into a 20-foot container and hitched a ride from Colorado, USA to California. The container was hoisted on a container ship to Haiphong, Vietnam. From Haiphong, the 18-wheeler drove the container to the Lao-Vietnam, Nam Kham border. Custom clearance was effortless (but with countless hours of preparation, documentation prep, government approvals to make it effortless).
The Khoun District “vitamin box brigade” was ready for the vitamins’ arrival.
The vitamins were transferred from the container to a smaller porter truck with special help (See picture). The hospital staff lined up and quickly transferred the vitamins to the Khoun District Hospital storage room.