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10 Years of Cargo Human Care e.V.

[ May 23, 2017   //   ]

Cargo Human Care (CHC) was founded 10 years ago by employees of Lufthansa Cargo and doctors in Germany with the aim of providing unbureaucratic and ongoing help for the poorest parts of the population in Kenya. Medical care and education are the pillars of its commitment.

Today the organization runs a children’s home for 120 orphans, a medical centre where 50 German doctors work on a regular basis, and a young people’s home that offers vocational training for school-leavers of the children’s home. Lufthansa Cargo has supported this project right from the start and provides flight tickets for doctors and free transport capacities for medical equipment among other things.

“When we founded CHC ten years ago, I never, for the life of me, would have thought that we would achieve so much one day: 560 members, 220 children and young people in our sponsor program, 2,000 treatments every month in our own medical centre, and donations that are increasing every year,” says founding member and first chairman Fokko Doyen. Doyen flies the MD-11F as a Lufthansa Cargo captain and served as head of the MD-11F fleet for nine years.

“The identification with this ‘Cargo project’ can be felt throughout the company. Since we started out, the number of members has grown to over 550. We do not just have passive, paying members, but above all many people who participate in our work as doctors, custodians of various sponsorship groups and in the association’s organizational work. But our greatest boon is the huge support we get from Lufthansa Cargo: The fact that it pays for the flight costs of our doctors and active members to Nairobi enables people in Kenya to benefit directly from the donations.” Only 0.6 per cent of all Cargo Human Care’s expenditure goes to cover administration costs.

“It is really impressive how the commitment of the past ten years by the numerous volunteers, who are mostly employees of Lufthansa Cargo, has made Cargo Human Care into what it is today,” praises Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “For me, the special thing about Cargo Human Care is the very direct aid. Here people from our company have wanted to do something and they have done it. Additionally, it is fantastic that Cargo’s key competencies, namely flying and logistics, can be completely put to good use here to help people who do not have such good opportunities in life. That’s why Lufthansa Cargo will continue to support the work of Cargo Human Care to the best of its abilities.” Since November 2015 Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11F registered “D-ALCH” is flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage.

The carrier has turned the freighter into a flying ambassador for the aid organization Cargo Human Care.



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