Donors looking to make a gift of £10,000, or over, could help purchase a plane, or fund our flying. Whichever option you choose we will work with you to ensure that you know that your gift has made a big difference.
Following decades of civil war, the people of Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan are now beginning to plan for a better future but they still face many challenges. Millions have little or no access to clean water, secure food sources, healthcare or education. The most vulnerable people often live in the hardest to reach locations, which means that our aircraft and airstrips play a unique role in ensuring the on-going provision of humanitarian aid and the means of future development.
MAF currently has two nine passenger Cessna Caravan aircraft permanently based in Juba. This is augmented by up to six similar aircraft which fly into South Sudan each week from our programmes in Kenya and Uganda to assist with the flight programme. There are now 90 dirt airstrips, many maintained by the local people with a little help from MAF.
Our 100 plus partners, large and small, have been able to establish and maintain programmes to reach people in need wherever they might be living in the full knowledge that the vital, safe, reliable, and time-saving aviation support will be there for their staff to undertake and monitor their projects. In 2012 we carried over 7,500 passengers, covered more than one million km and undertook over 1,000 flights. Working closely with our partners, each year hundreds of our flights make it possible to address needs relating to poverty and hunger, access to safe drinking water, healthcare, education and spiritual growth.
If Medair couldn’t fly with MAF, we wouldn’t be able to do anything. MAF is very important to what we do – 90% of all our work is made possible as a result of MAF aircraft. South Sudan has almost no infrastructure – we have to fly – even if the infrastructure improves – insecurity will still mean we can’t drive safely.Lynas, Procurement Manager, Medair, South Sudan
A staggering 47% of the population living in rural areas of South Sudan do not have access to safe drinking water, which forces millions to move from one location to another on a regular basis in search of new water sources. Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP) are building a health centre, digging water wells, and building a latrine system. Their goal is not just to deliver clean water, but to deliver a hands-on-education by teaching the young men of the village how to drill for water. We support partners, such as ASMP, who provide access to clean water and are improving hygiene and sanitation standards amongst the local population.
Severely malnourished and in desperate need of medical care, the people of South Sudan suffer further from a lack of even the most basic health services. Medical care, where it is available, is often at least two days’ walk away. We ensure that medical equipment and teams arrive quickly and safely. Vaccines for both mother and child vaccination programmes need to be kept at low temperatures, which are hard to maintain during a long and arduous overland journey.
One flight for a team of medical specialists and medicines to be flown to Jaibor saves many hours of travel by canoe on the Nile river.
Primary education rates in South Sudan are one of the lowest in the world! It is estimated that more than one million children, who are eligible for primary school education do not have access to basic education and there is mass illiteracy.
Our experience has demonstrated that, if MAF flights have enabled a medical clinic to be established in a remote area, the door is open to the development of other ministries, eg educational work or evangelism. Christian Mission Aid (CMA) primary healthcare clinic in Keew serves a population of 29,000 people but has no church building, so Christians meet in the clinic on Sunday. CMA has begun a Bible study, and is starting Christian outreach with an emphasis on teaching literacy.
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Mission Aviation Fellowship
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Registered Charity Number 1064598 (England & Wales) and SC039107 (Scotland)