On Thursday, 24 September MAF in Nepal flew our 4,000th passenger in the earthquake relief efforts. Fittingly – our 4,000th passenger was the Country Director for Medecins du Monde (MDM). Since the very first weeks of our work in Nepal, MDM has been utilising MAF-coordinated helicopter flights to transport their medical relief teams into remote villages to provide medical care, psychological care, training and medical supplies in areas heavily damaged by the earthquakes.
Her circular homestead garden is raised to avoid flooding (which is a regular occurrence), with a compost pile in the centre to make sure nothing is wasted. The vegetables she grows feed her family all year round helping to fight malnutrition which is so common in cyclone prone coastal vil…lages.
The project began with only 100 gardens. Since then the number has increased since then to over 1,600 gardens – each tended by an individual family. Many ‘copy’ gardens beginning to spring up – the idea is obviously catching – which means less people are going hungry!
MAF serves Terre de Hommes by regularly flying technical staff to remote areas of Bangladesh. Together they bring hope help and healing to families like Salma’s
On 5 May 2015, MAF helped facilitate several flights for a UK medical team to a couple of isolated villages deep in the hard-hit mountains of Northern Nepal. This medical team from the UK are a group of doctors and medics volunteering their time and coordinating their efforts with Save the Children, who have been working in communities north of Kathmandu.
MAF is managing the logistics, bookings and facilitation of two, highly capable helicopters with some of the most experienced crew in Nepal, able to take relief workers directly into the places where the help is most desperately needed.
With government offices reopened as the Ebola crisis eases, and our very own Kundigs now on the ground in the capital Monrovia, your prayers are once again turning into action.
But we still need permissions to get airborne and there are 101 other things for Margrit and Emil to do…. so let’s keep praying.