The Process

THE PROCESS

HOW IT HAPPENS

Whoever wishes to organise a container project must apply for it, and this application must be accepted by the COH Board before a project can be opened. After this, the sponsor must provide all paper work and funds necessary to ship the container before a container will be purchased for loading.

This is often the lengthiest part of a container project, as we must check the bone fides of the Australian organisation/individual who wishes to be the sponsor & project leader for the project, and also the overseas organisation that would be the recipient of the container.

We buy our containers, rather than rent, because then we are able to donate the container to the recipient organisation after it has been unloaded. They can then use it as they have need: Some recipients have sold it to help cover shipping costs, others have used it as storage space for their operations, and others still have converted it into a computer classroom!

Our start point is that the container must be loaded within 4 weeks of it arriving on our site; Enough items are donated to us that we could currently fill 3 containers, and we are continuously receiving goods.

However, we work to a wish list from the recipient organisation overseas; This is a needs-focused approach through which we address the needs of the beneficiaries, and not the wants of donors who are often far removed from the recipient’s circumstances. The goal is to ensure as much as possible that the goods that we give are useful to those who will receive them.

Depending on where the container is destined for, it can take up to 6-8 weeks for the container to reach its destination after leaving Adelaide.

Many prayers are needed during this part in particular, so that containers might have smooth journeys to those who need them.

The extremely exciting part!

All the contents of the container must go to their intended recipients. We have had goods go to hospitals, schools, medical clinics, children’s homes, refugee community programs, and communities who are in need of material assistance.

It is a compulsory requirement for all COH container projects that we receive a Distribution Report back once distribution has been completed. It must outline details of the container’s journey and distribution from the overseas perspective, including as many photos as possible of where and to whom the all of items went.