Lufthansa Cargo donates to Kenyan aid projects

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Lufthansa Cargo has donated €10,481 to Cargo Human Care (CHC) in support of the organisation’s aid projects in Kenya.

An internal company ‘Clean Up Day’ in December raised €5,841 that will benefit the Mothers’ Mercy Home, an orphanage 20km north of Nairobi that houses up to 120 children, as well as providing them with medical care and schooling.

The other €5,000 will support an educational sponsorship scheme for 19 students in the village of Karare in northern Kenya. The Wings Academy school there was set up a decade ago on CHC’s initiative.

Most recently, proceeds from a Lufthansa Cargo office city run in the summer of 2022 made it possible to finance on-site accommodation for the students at Wings. Now the focus is on enabling 19 eighth-grade children to attend a four-year secondary school, the airline said.

Lufthansa is also supporting an initiative to provide young girls from the catchment area of two schools in Marsabit County with reusable sanitary bags, with the aim of creating opportunities for local production in the future. The funds for this project were raised from the sale of merchandise from the Lufthansa Cargo Fanshop.

Fokko Doyen, founding member and first chairman of CHC, said: “The people in the remote regions in Kenya that we regularly visit are dependent on our help. Drought and limited availability of relief supplies make life much more difficult for the people there. Only through education do children from this region have a chance of a better future, so we are using the current donation exclusively for the orphanage, for school sponsorships and to provide young girls with hygiene products so that they can continue to attend classes regularly.”

CHC was founded by Lufthansa Cargo employees and doctors from Germany and has been supporting aid projects in Kenya for over 15 years. It has built an orphanage, a medical centre and a home for young people. Doctors regularly travel to Nairobi with the support of Lufthansa Cargo to provide assistance at the medical centre.

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