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German truck with tools for Greece

Medium-sized companies from the Rhine-Main area are involved with Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. for the Camp Skaramagas near Athens

Support for people in need in Greece has developed into a long-term project for Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. In the past five years, the Frankfurt aid organization has sent 15 trucks with urgently needed aids to Greece, either for Greek families in need or refugees in camps on the mainland and the islands of Greece.

At the end of February 2020, a large lorry from Germany reached the Camp Skaramagas in the port region west of the capital Athens for the first time. Around 3,000 migrants, mainly from Syria, are accommodated there, especially mothers with their children. Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. received a call for help from the Greek partner organization “The Smile of the Child” that in the Skaramagas camp especially small children urgently need support. A 40-ton truck now brought 6,000 baby pacifiers, baby drinking bottles, children food, diapers, children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes, as well as warm underwear from Germany to Athens. The relief goods were handed over to the needy in the presence of a team from Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V.

According to the latest surveys, over 100,000 refugees live in Greece, more than 60 percent refugees of the Syrien war. Half of them live in camps on four Greek islands, whilst it usually takes three to four years to decide on asylum in the EU. The government in Athens is currently trying to ease the situation in the completely overcrowded camps on the islands by moving migrants to other camps on the mainland. The current aid for refugees was initiated together with more than a dozen medium-sized companies in the Rhine-Main area, especially in the Mainz region.

Aviation Sans Frontières ASF International with ten member countries

Umbrella institution of European aid organizations continues to grow

European aid organizations, which use the global air traffic network for fast, humanitarian aid to help people in need, are pushing ahead with their umbrella organization, which now consists of ten member countries: the Aviation Sans Frontières International (ASF) includes Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. (Frankfurt ), aid organizations with the same names from France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Finland, Great Britain, the country organization Spain and - as the first non-European members - Canada and the one in Washington, DC, Aviation Without Borders (AWB). The nucleus is ASF France, which existed for around 40 years.

The main focus of the cooperation is the planning and coordination of international aid projects, mostly in remote regions. The overall structure of the umbrella organization and the division of labor among themselves are precisely defined, depending on the need for individual aid measures. The division of labor is also reflected in the staffing of the ASF: General Secretary of Aviation Sans Frontières International is Marie-Luise Thüne, in person the Vice President of Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. President of the umbrella organization is Christian Georlette (ASF Belgique), Vice President is Frank Franke, Managing Director of Wings of Help e.V. Germany and Jean-Yves Grosse (ASF France). The ASF is registered as a head organization in Geneva / Switzerland and shows its proximity to important international organizations based there.

While the individual associations within the ASF umbrella organization remain completely independent, there are projects that require cross-country engagement. The Belgian ASF organization based in Brussels is responsible for the planning of projects, Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. out of Frankfurt for the entire comprehensive logistics and the French ASF based in Paris-Orly as "Air Operations Hub" for individual humanitarian flight operations. The country's members have the common goal of making aid measures even more efficient in every respect, so that children and families in need, in particular, can be quickly provided with help all over the world.

Handover of the foundation certificate at the headquarter of Taunussparkasse in Bad Homburg. Our picture shows (from left) the CEO of Taunussparkasse, Oliver Klink, Christine Kopplin from the Generations and Foundation Management of the Taunussparkasse and Frank Franke, Managing Director Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V.

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