Church World Service and its partners in the "All Our Children" initiative provided $50,000 for this shipment, which includes 32 wheelchairs, 600 blankets and 800 bedding kits -- a total of three tons of supplies.
The shipment went overland from Amman, Jordan, in one of three trucks that were part of a convoy of goods to be distributed in Baghdad by the non-governmental French humanitarian organization Première Urgence.
Church World Service International Disaster Response Consultant Steve Weaver, coordinator of the "All Our Children" initiative in Amman, confirmed the shipment's safe transit.
The "All Our Children" campaign is a $1 million, multi-agency effort to meet health needs of Iraqi children. Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter have endorsed the campaign, which was launched in December 2002.
A first "All Our Children" shipment of medicine and medical supplies reached Baghdad just before the war started and has been distributed to two pediatric hospitals. A shipment of 5.5 metric tons of personal hygiene soap -- enough for 14,688 Iraqi children for six months -- and 5.8 metric tons of laundry detergent arrived March 31 for distribution to 68 pediatric and district hospitals throughout southern and central Iraq, as access allows.
The All Our Children campaign contributed $188,801 for the three humanitarian aid shipments and is in the process of planning subsequent shipments.
The campaign continues the long-term commitment of CWS to assist with ongoing humanitarian needs in Iraq, regardless of the war's outcome. Church World Service has provided more than $3.8 million since 1991 for humanitarian assistance in Iraq.
Over and above the support it raises for the "All Our Children" campaign, Church World Service also is seeking to raise $1.5 million for humanitarian response for Iraq, being carried out in partnership with the Middle East Council of Churches.
Church World Service is a global humanitarian agency of the National Council of Churches' 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member churches, comprising 50 million U.S. Christians.