Yesterday, MedShare’s Western Region shipped an ocean container of medical supplies and equipment to two hospitals in Tonga. Niu’ui Hospital in Ha’apai and Prince Ngu Hospital in Vava’u will be receiving over 1,000 boxes of critically needed supplies.
At the ceremony, we were honored to host representatives of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita, Consul General of Tonga in San Franciso. The Executive Council Members of the Tonga USA Association were also in attendance.
The LDS Church, represented by Mr. Van Johnson in the U.S. and Mr. Halahuni Langi, Tongan Country Welfare Manager, is collaborating with MedShare on this shipment. They have arranged the delivery of the container to Liohana High School in Tongatapu, and will then coordinate the shipment of supplies to the two outer island recipient hospitals.
The container of aid was sponsored by MedShare’s Western Region Council. The Regional Council is comprised of leading members of the community in Northern California whose purpose is to generate awareness of MedShare and raise funds to support and sustain the organization’s healthcare, humanitarian aid, and environmental mission.
The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago situated in the South Pacific Ocean, with a population of 102,000 people. The 170+ islands, of which only 40 are inhabited, are scattered over 700,000 sq km of ocean. Tonga is divided into four main island groups: Tongatapu, where the capital of Nuku’alofa can be found, and ‘Eua; Vava’u; Ha’apai; and the Niuas. The people from two of these island groups shall benefit immensely from the medical aid shipped by MedShare to Tonga.
We’d also like to give a special thanks to UPS for providing a discounted shipping rate. Without their generosity, this shipment would not have been possible.
To view more photos of this ceremony, click here.