Another important component of the OSA ministry is Clothing Distribution. Gently used and new clothing has been collected in the USA and transported to Collique. Approximately 2000 items of clothing were given to needy families during each of the major medical/dental campaigns in 2006 and 2007. More recently, clothing has been distributed on an “as needed” basis throughout the year rather than waiting for the annual mission trips.
While this region in the foothills of the Andes receives very little rainfall, it is often cold and damp in the winter. Several women from Houston, Texas made a “project” of crocheting hats and other clothing for infants and children. As suggested by several of the pictures in this photo gallery, the colorful hats were “warmly” appreciated by the cute kids of Collique. Additional crocheted and knitted items, donated by friends of OSA from Kirriemuir, Scotland, have been distributed.
Through its partnerships with South Main Baptist Church of Houston, Texas and Buckner International, OSA has facilitated distribution of several hundred pairs of new shoes to children in Collique. Since OSA and Buckner have similar interests in caring for impoverished children, we expect this mutually beneficial partnership to continue in the future.