Posted By: Molly Broderick on June 29, 2015

Labels: , Humanitarian Aid, Volunteers

Molly Broderick

Hello everyone! I’m Molly Broderick, and I’ll be documenting the first two rotations of Project HOPE’s participation in Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15). The Project HOPE PP15 team has finally assembled in Fiji, and our days have been busy!

Several volunteers arrived early, boarding the ship in either San Diego or Hawaii and sailing for two weeks to Fiji. So we spent our days underway on the USNS Mercy organizing and sorting supplies and helping to prep the patient wards.

One of the most critical aspects of this mission is to empower the people we visit with the knowledge and means to take care of themselves. So we worked alongside U.S. military and partner nations’ military to make sure we were fully prepared for boots on the ground in Fiji. We sorted everything from Band-Aids and soap kits to water filters and medical supplies, all to be handed out to the attendees of health fairs, installed during outreach missions, and distributed during hospital visits.

Team HOPE is enjoying our time collaborating with the military and our partner and host nations, and the exchange of knowledge among the participants will undoubtedly be the key to making this mission a success.

More to come on our adventures in Fiji…

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