Shipment Provides Long-Term Care and Storm Aid in the Dominican Republic

    Silverdale, WA – September 4, 2012 – Three shipping containers full of supplies donated by Children of the Nations (COTN) partners arrived in the Dominican Republic last week to help local staff provide holistic care for children in need.  The containers held school desks and chairs, medical and hygiene supplies, and meals packaged by COTN volunteers.  The donated items will help to equip COTN’s Dominican medical clinic and schools.  In addition, COTN’s Dominican staff can use some of the meals to assist with recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Isaac, which blew through the Dominican Republic and Haiti on August 24 and 25.

    Ocean transport for the three 40-foot containers was provided through a grant from the Funded Transportation Program, part of the U.S. government’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Children of the Nations–USA Resource Director Dave Schertzer estimated the grant saved COTN about $18,000 in transportation costs for this shipment. “That’s $18,000 that we can use to further our ministry and provide more for the holistic care of our children,” Schertzer said.

    COTN has worked with the DSCA and Funded Transportation Program director Phylliss Marshall to send supplies to its ministry sites in Africa and the Caribbean since 1997.  The program has been an enormous help to COTN in the past 15 years, Schertzer said, and will continue to provide an essential service in the future.  “We appreciate the continuing efforts by Phylliss and the entire DSCA in providing our children with the necessary meals and school supplies for the coming year,” said Schertzer.


    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 www.cotni.org.

    For more information contact:
    Pam Wright, Senior Director – Advancement
    360-698-7227 / pamwright@cotni.org