Steppin’ out for charity
27 / 11 / 2015
A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter is flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage as a “flying ambassador” for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care.
The colourful design, unveiled at Nairobi airport in Kenya, symbolises the motto "Step by step, giving children a future".
The footprints on the 61 m-long fuselage are from girls and boys currently being looked after by Cargo Human Care.
The association runs an orphanage for around 120 children nearby the Kenyan capital and also supports a medical centre. German doctors are regularly flown on board the Lufthansa Cargo freighters to Nairobi, where they provide free treatment for those in need.
Cargo Human Care has recently opened a new residence for 18 to 24 year olds. More than 20 young women and men will live in the John Kaheni Residence, which is named after a resident of the Cargo Human Care institution who died of a heart condition at just 20 years old.
They have recently successfully completed school and are currently undertaking vocational training. The John Kaheni Residence is financed to a large part by the fund-raising campaign "FAZ readers help" by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Fokko Doyen, founder of Cargo Human Care and flight captain and fleet chief with Lufthansa Cargo, said at the opening: "We would like to thank the FAZ readers, all the members of Cargo Human Care and also Lufthansa Cargo for their amazing support. We are taking a massive step forwards.
“Thanks to the John Kaheni Residence we are now able to more sustainably care for the youngsters. The vocational training is financed through sponsorships and provides them with a secure future."