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Donors support flying aid programs

NAIROBI: November 26, 2015. Cargo Human Care (CHC) a humanitarian and medical aid project founded by employees of Lufthansa Cargo (LC) in cooperation with German medical doctors, has opened a new residence for 18 to 24 year olds in Kenya.

CHC runs an orphanage for around 120 children near Nairobi and also supports a medical center. German doctors are regularly flown on LC freighters to Nairobi, where they provide free treatment for those in need.

Cargo Human Care LH 2The new 'John Kaheni Residence' provides a stable and safe environment for 20 men and women while they complete their vocational training and is financed largely by a fund-raising campaign by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Flight captain Fokko Doyen, founder of CHC and LC Fleet chief commented: "We would like to thank the F.A.Z readers, all the members of Cargo Human Care and also Lufthansa Cargo for their amazing support. We are taking a massive step forwards. Thanks to the John Kaheni Residence we are now able to more sustainably care for the youngsters. The vocational training is financed through sponsorships and provides them with a secure future."

LC has added the footprints of children being looked after by CHC to the fuselage of an MD-11 freighter as a "flying ambassador". The CHC commitment is to provide sick people and people in need with direct medical assistance and give poor, neglected orphans a home and a future.

In another aid announcement the UN World Food Programme, which relies entirely on donations, says delivery of food and other humanitarian items will continue to reach earthquake-affected people following a US$2.58 million donation by Sweden, Switzerland and the UK to the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

The funds will allow helicopters to continue flying vital supplies to 146,000 people in remote mountain communities cut off from the rest of the country after the April 2015 earthquake. In the past six months UNHAS has delivered 3,400 humanitarian workers and 2,300 tonnes of aid to Nepal's mountain regions.

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