Humanitarian Services: SafariCare
"It was very rewarding for me to be able to deliver these items to the people – items that were so simple and that gave them so much happiness. I found it to be a very humbling experience. Although the Blue Bag project is the effort of many people, I was given the honor of delivering it and I thank the Flint Regional Chapter of SCI for this opportunity."
Glenn Brown, Flint Regional Chapter
SafariCare is a volunteer healthcare and humanitarian outreach program serving people in need in remote communities around the globe.
In 1996, SCI members delivered mosquito nets and other medical supplies to villagers in remote areas of Namibia. This inaugural step started SafariCare. SCI and SCI Foundation, like so many organizations, put forth enormous effort each year to help improve the quality of life throughout the world.
Since 2005, participants (affectionately referred to as our "Blue Bag Brigade") in this program have reported taking 1,331 Blue Bags overseas. Shipping these bags would cost hundreds of dollars apiece, and filling each bag would cost anywhere from $150 to $300. However, they are filled by SCI chapters or individual members with medical, educational, hygiene and other relief supplies, clothing, and toys, which are then taken to remote areas of the world by hunters who have planned hunts in these regions. The supplies are delivered directly to villages, clinics, schools and orphanages for villagers, doctors, teachers and caregivers to utilize.
For more information on SafariCare or to request a copy of our Guidelines for SafariCare Missions (including suggested items for Blue Bags), contact the SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services Department at (520) 620-1220.