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The 6th LG/WoH convoy brought 230,000 diapers to the Ukraine. Our photo shows driver Mike and Felix Groh, Chief Operations Officer of LOG/WoH. Also: During the loading process and the distribution of the relief supplies to the needy in camps in Baia Mare, district town of the Maramures region, located in north-western Romania (Photos: LOG/Alex Kraus).

Aid to Ukraine keeps rolling

Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help has organized more than 60 truck transports with 1200 tons of relief supplies

 Aid from Germany for Ukraine continues. Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help e.V. (LOG/WoH), based at Frankfurt Airport, put together four more heavy trucks with aid supplies this week, which have now reached the Romanian-Ukrainian border. Since the beginning of the war, LOG/WoH has organized convoys consisting of 60 trucks with 1,200 tons of relief supplies. The trucks mainly bring hygiene products, baby food, disinfectants, diapers and mineral water to the needy in Romania and Ukraine. The current convoy alone had loaded 230,000 diapers. The relief supplies are destined for camps along the border, but also for people in need in Ukrainian cities. Reliable on-site distribution is carried out by LOG/WoH partner organizations. The UN Refugee Commission (UNHCR) currently counts more than eight million internally displaced persons in Ukraine and about as many in neighboring countries. Most are in Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania.

LOG/WoH President Frank Franke: “Our operations continue to focus on the situation of migrants in Romania, and here especially on the regions of Maramures and Transcarpathia, where over 300,000 refugees urgently need help. Our focus remains on needy mothers with their children. We are also pleased about the great commitment of non-governmental organizations that actively support us in the distribution of the goods. Our special thanks go to them, as well as to those companies and individual donors in Germany who accompany our work so impressively.”

Flood disaster in the Ahr Valley – one year later: Many wounds have not healed

Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help hands over more relief supplies

On the anniversary of the flood disaster in the Ahr Valley, many questions remain unanswered: Aid funds have not been paid out, applications have been processed only slowly, and the infrastructure is still suffering badly. The victims of the catastrophe are worried about the approaching winter. Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help (LOG/WoH) e.V. based at Frankfurt Airport, which has already sent 18 commercial vehicles with relief supplies to the Ahr Valley - including eleven articulated trucks - has organized another truck transport to the flooded area. LOG/WoH has now handed over two power generators, an urgently needed lift truck, large quantities of disinfectants and some augers to the Bad Bodendorf volunteer fire brigade, such as those used for planting in the region where wine and fruit grow. “Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help has never come to the Ahr Valley empty-handed in all the past months. We have always analyzed the situation and needs and, with the help of the highly committed fire brigades, we have been able to act non-bureaucratically - and also initiated international help," said Frank Franke, LOG/WoH President, in Bad Bodendorf.

Immediately after the dramatic tidal wave, which cost the lives of almost 150 people and caused damage in the three-digit billion Euro range, LOG brought around 400 tons of aid material to the Ahr Valley with semitrailer trucks and several vans. The targeted aid items included mineral water, water canisters for individual filling, cleaning agents, baby food and hygiene items.

The organization had also bought several hundred electrical devices such as rotary hammers, high-pressure cleaners, room dryers, chisels, all of which are independently and individually battery operated. LOG/WoH has lent these tools to the affected families on a temporary basis via the well-connected fire brigades on the Ahr. After use, they returned the tools to the fire brigades for further challenges. The control center is the volunteer fire brigade in Bad Bodendorf, which works well with the other fire brigades in the 80-kilometer-long Ahr Valley.

The campaign with the e-tools was made possible, among other things, by the cooperation with the IMC, the International Medical Corps from the USA. This global humanitarian US organization, one of the major international LOG/WoH partners, had not forgotten the help from Germany that our country provided for the New Orleans region 17 years ago when hurricane Katrina hit the south of the US on the Gulf dramatically devastated.

Caption: LOG/WoH cooperate closely together in the Ahr River Valley. 

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