|1.||To build up our organization for purchase and overseas shipments of supplies;|
|2.||To secure adequate agreements from the Germans to protect imported and native supplies in Belgium and immunity of attack on our ships en route;|
|3.||To secure adequate agreements with the Allies for passage of our supplies through the blockade and liberty of action to charter ships;|
|4.||To organize the charity of the world;|
|5.||To obtain financial support from the Allies and possibly from the Germans;|
|6.||To build up organization of the Belgians for adequate distribution.|
The building of this organization came slowly and in painful experience, as will appear in the year-by-year account of our operations.
Gradually, we were recognized by both sides as a necessity. We ultimately became a sort of neutral state making our own agreements with governments, but they both imposed stringent duties and responsibilities upon us.