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Empty Vessel Ministry distributes care packages to IPI workers

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THE Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation on Thursday distributed care packages to hundreds of casino and construction workers of Imperial Pacific International.

EVM founder Rose Smith said when they heard about the IPI workers staging protest actions because the IPI payroll account had been “frozen” by the federal court due to an ongoing litigation, they immediately bought food using the remaining funds from the First Hawaiian Bank $25,000 donation.

EVM president and board chair Rosalyn Ajoste said they also received a $600 donation from Dr. Liz Triche of Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

 

 Imperial Pacific International workers in Tanapag receive bags of rice and other food items from Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation.

  

Empty Vessel Ministry volunteers deliver care packages to Imperial Pacific International workers on Middle Road.

 

Imperial Pacific International workers in Garapan receive care packages from the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation.

 

Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation. volunteers with Imperial Pacific International employees. Contributed photos

Ajoste said EVM staff members and volunteers distributed over 300 care packages to the IPI workers — Filipinos, Mongolians, Taiwanese, Italians and Turks —  at their company-provided housing units in Garapan, Capital Hill, Chinatown, Tanapag and Chalan Laulau.

The care packages consisted of rice and canned tuna, among other food items.

For the past few months, EVM has been distributing free food to community members affected by the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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