HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
BA flying in 100 tonnes of relief supplies to Africa

Capital FM Kenya

1305 days ago   Article ID# 1154076
Original URL

 

UNICEF

NAIROBI , KENYA (Capital FM Kenya) - British Airways is flying a relief aircraft full of emergency supplies and equipment to victims of the food crisis in East Africa, where over eleven million people are directly at risk of starvation.

A Boeing 747 freighter with capacity for up to 110 tonnes of cargo, is scheduled to fly to Ethiopia on Friday, August 12, carrying aid from Oxfam and UNICEF.

Following severe drought, resulting in the worst food crisis the world has seen for 20 years, the two charities are among those working in the region to bring much-needed relief to over 12 million people at risk from famine, disease and drought across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

The aircraft will be carrying 5,000 meters of pipe from Oxfam, which will be used to supply much-needed water to the Dolo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia, as well as vital emergency food and medical supplies from UNICEF.

British Airways’ customers are also playing their part. For two weeks from August 1, all donations onboard every British Airways flight will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa.

British Airways has already begun helping the relief effort by carrying over seven and a half tonnes of water tanks, tapstands, pipes and water pumps from Oxfam as free cargo, earlier this week, on a scheduled flight to Nairobi.

The airline is also giving Oxfam free flights to Kenya to get 40 relief experts into the worst affected areas as quickly as possible.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ Chief Executive, said: “The worst drought in 50 years means the lives of millions of people hang in the balance. The generosity of our customers will make a real and tangible difference to those in desperate need.

“It is vital that we get aid from charities like Oxfam and UNICEF to the most seriously affected areas across East Africa. We want to do what we can to help those caught up in this terrible crisis.”

Barbara Stocking, Oxfam’s Chief Executive, said: “We have been moved to see the generosity of the British public over the last month and Oxfam is now reaching over a million people in East Africa. But there is still much more to be done.

“British Airways is showing incredible hands-on support for the relief effort, delivering vital supplies straight to where they are so desperately needed and flying our emergency staff into the region to work on the ground.

“Not only is their support worth over £250,000 in cost savings to Oxfam but the donations from their customers to the DEC will help fund even more life-saving work in the region.”

David Bull, UNICEF UK’s executive director, said: “When children are facing famine, because crops have failed, because food is scarce, it’s time to share a little of what we’ve got. British Airways has been extremely generous in sharing its cargo space.

“This means that UNICEF can buy more emergency food supplies and can deliver life saving food to hungry children much faster. In South Somalia alone, 250 children are dying every day.

“British Airways responded to UNICEF’s appeal and donated their cargo space travelling to the Horn of Africa. We urge all airlines to follow this fantastic example and share whatever they can.”

British Airways’ charitable partner, Comic Relief, has already donated over £1m to the relief effort.

Copyright 2015 Capital FM Kenya   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1305 days ago   Article ID# 1154076

UNICEF    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Unite For Children News

Unicef pleads for protection of children in N'east

5 hours ago From allafrica.com 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - ...

Community Care Centres in Sierra Leone save lives in Ebola-hit areas

4 hours ago From blogs.unicef.org 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

UNICEF tasks Niger govt on zero polio status

27 hours ago From allafrica.com 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - ...

UNICEF demands release of seized South Sudanese children

45 hours ago From voanews.com 

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - ...

Humanitarian community must move quickly to halt cholera spread in Malawi

46 hours ago From eturbonews.com 

HALEIWA, HAWAII - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To World News

Action Center

Obama: Reject KXL once and for all

Action: Climate Change

President Obama has pledged to veto the Keystone XL bill being pushed through Congress by climate-denying conservatives. But ...

Save New York's precious and rare wildlife

Action: Wildlife Conservation

As part of a periodic review, New York's wildlife officials are now assessing which of the state's species are in greatest co ...

Scientists sound the alarm on African palm oil investment

Action: Stop Deforestation

Africa’s people, forests and wildlife are in trouble if the mostly unbridled expansion of oil palm in West and Central Africa ...

Plans to phase out coal power urged

Action: Stop Pollution

Political leaders risk derailing efforts to tackle climate change unless they set out clear plans to phase out dirty coal pow ...

Mexican government makes last ditch effort to save world’s smallest porpoise

Action: Save Our Oceans

The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a rare species of porpoise found only in a small area of the northern Gulf of California. The ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.