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Oklahoma humanitarian group's container released from African customs

A team of people from throughout the United States wraps up work on a new school in Ivory Coast of Africa as the Norman humanitarian group 1040i welcomes the release of a container filled with supplies and equipment it needs to work.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: February 23, 2013

That figure included storage fees and transportation costs, and 1040i had to contract with other groups in the area to help get it released. Transporting the container on the 17-hour trip to where the team was working hit another delay from authorities in Bondoukou about halfway there, Cousineau wrote.

“Coming from the developed world, it seems inconceivable that a developing nation would hinder the release of a humanitarian container that would cost the country zero but would bring medical relief to multitudes in the poorest and most undeveloped area of the country,” he wrote.

“The type of care that 1040i is providing should be an encouragement to the highest level. This type of treatment we have sustained gives no evidence of this.”

Cousineau noted that the container arrived midweek with many of its boxes and plastic totes open and broken, but the supplies were still put to good use.

“We are re-evaluating our impact in the region and what we can do to get the attention of the authorities in Abidjan to understand the blessing 1040i is to the region,” Cousineau wrote.

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Despite the difficulties, the information sent from Africa through 1040i through blog posts and Cousineau has remained positive about all they've been able to accomplish.

In an email relayed from Sabrina Yaw, 1040i's administrator, who returned home to Norman after the first phase, the organization noted that more than 300 students will soon be able to attend school safely, with a chance at an education and a better future.