Aid deliveries from LOG and IMC for Croatia.

The primary school in Glina in southeastern Croatia for almost 900 students.

Computer school established by LOG in Glina.

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Ten years of joint aid missions worldwide

From Croatia to Haiti to Iraq, Cooperation between Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help and International Medical Corps has proven itself for a decade

2021 marks the tenth anniversary of exemplary humanitarian cooperation across borders: International Medical Corps (Los Angeles) and Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V.  (LOG, Frankfurt am Main) have worked in over a dozen countries in the past decade responding to natural, man-made and public hazard disasters. Joint humanitarian aid delivery is currently focused on the residents of the earthquake-affected area of Banovina region, southeast from Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, where thousands of people have been left homeless after dozens of violent tremors. LOG and International Medical Corps currently work hand in hand in this region of Croatia that also suffered heavy war related damage in the past. International Medical Corps focuses on providing assistance to the country’s Ministry of Health to restore healthcare services for affected populations, and LOG delivers essential items such as food, clothing, blankets and protective masks. It also promotes education by providing equipment for computer classes in the primary school in the city of Glina.

The cooperation between the two organizations began over ten years ago, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. There, tremors of magnitude 7 devastated large parts of the island state, over 200,000 people died and almost two million became homeless – a third of the total population of Haiti, which is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, according to the World Bank. Both organizations immediately responded with lifesaving assistance. Aid was similarly coordinated in the Philippines when several typhoons hit the island nation in 2013 and 2014, leaving tens of thousands dead and homeless.

Northern Iraq suffered one of the heaviest tragedies in the Middle East when the Yazidi tribe was expelled by ISIS in 2014/2015 to the Sinjar Mountains and then surrounded there. Many other people have been displaced from their homes during the conflict and have settled in camps across northern Iraq. The two partners collaborated to save and improve the lives of conflict victims: LoG organized direct charter flights and a truck convoy with relief supplies from Germany to Erbil in Kurdistan in collaboration with International Medical Corps, which—as the partner on the ground—provided medical care to displaced populations. Both organizations still provide assistance in Iraq, where the German aid organization recently delivered essential relief supplies.

Humanitarian Aid Bridge to Greece

Complete truck with baby food from Germany to camps on islands and mainland

A truck semitrailer fully loaded with special baby food from Germany has just reached refugee camps in Greece. The transport was organized by the aid organization Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V., which is based at Frankfurt Airport. Since the beginning of 2020, the non-profit organization has carried out ten truck transports to Greece with a total volume of more than 250 tons of relief supplies. Another truck brought blankets, warm clothing, sturdy shoes and medication as well as corona masks to the needy in Greece these days. This transport of relief supplies also included 80 computers. They are used in computer classes in newly built camp schools. The field of education is one of the auxiliary focal points of Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V., according to the guiding principle that education gives young people targeted future prospects.

The ongoing humanitarian bridge to Hellas is possible thanks to the close cooperation between Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. and the largest Greek aid organization "The Smile of the Child", which looks after both the refugees in the country and Greek families in need. “The Smile of the Child” receives permanently awards for their ongoing humanitarian work in the country. At the same time, the organization praises the exemplary cooperation with Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V., as one of the few international partners who are committed to improving the situation of around 150,000 Middle East refugees even in times of Corona. Frank Franke, Managing Director of Wings of Help e.V .: “Our work in Greece will continue. The relief bridge is widely recognized by our partners in our country, who support these transports to the best of their ability and whom we thank from the bottom of our hearts.”

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