The pastoralists of Pakase, southern Kenya, have been left destitute (credit: Jacqueline Mwende)

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The pastoralists of Pakase, southern Kenya, have been left destitute (credit: Jacqueline Mwende)
Disaster Response
01 Jul 2024
Life after the floods – Kenyan farmers face bleak future
More than 168,000 acres of crops have been destroyed by recent unprecedented floods, according to Kenya’s government. As a food crisis looms, MAF’s Jacqueline Mwende spends time with cut-off farming communities in both southern and northern Kenya where MAF has been delivering aid. ...
Andy Hedley-Smith, MAF International’s head of security in MAF plane, PNG (credit: Andy Hedley-Smith)
Conflict, Security, Peace and Reconciliation
High Fliers
MAF Operations
26 Jun 2024
Meet MAF’s Andy Hedley-Smith who is no stranger to danger
Keeping people safe is a motto that Andy Hedley-Smith - former senior police officer and close protection manager - lives and breathes. In the latest episode of the ‘Flying for Life’ podcast, Josh Carter asks MAF International’s head of security how MAF operates in the face of insecurity. ...
Young refugees at Bidibidi learn how to play brass instruments (credit: Damalie Hirwa)
Conflict, Security, Peace and Reconciliation
20 Jun 2024
Refugees find hope through music charity supported by MAF
‘Brass for Africa’ staff regularly fly with MAF to bring hope to traumatised refugees in Bidibidi, northern Uganda – the world’s second largest refugee settlement. Twice a week, their music programmes bring joy to hundreds of people who are suffering from the horrors of war. MAF’s Damalie Hirwa reports. ...
Asas de Socorro pilot Victor Scarparo flies over flooded Rio Grande do Sul (credit: Asas de Socorro)
Disaster Response
Natural Environment
Water and Sanitation
11 Jun 2024
Asas de Socorro responds to one of Brazil’s worst ever floods
Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil’s most southerly state – is experiencing its worst ever climate change catastrophe due to unprecedented rainfall since April. In response, MAF affiliate Asas de Socorro (ADS) has been delivering lifesaving supplies, rescuing and medevacking the afflicted, and flying in health professionals to ease the suffering ...
High Fliers
MAF History
06 Jun 2024
MAF co-founder Jack Hemmings AFC marks D-Day’s 80th anniversary
102-year-old war veteran Jack Hemmings AFC visited Normandy’s Bayeux War Cemetery for the first time this week, and attended a host of special events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the largest ever land, sea and air invasion in history. ...
Marcus Grey tucks into his celebration cake (credit: Matt Painter)
High Fliers
30 May 2024
‘Master Air Pilot’ Marcus Grey celebrates 40 years with MAF
Chief flight instructor Marcus Grey, who is also MAF’s chief pilot in Mareeba and Timor-Leste, has clocked up more than 17,000 flight hours around the globe. As one of MAF’s most experienced and highly qualified pilots of all time, Marcus will be honoured as ‘Master Air Pilot’ by the ‘Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ in a London ceremony in October. Marcus shares his incredible journey ...
23 May 2024
NEW APP – Check out MAF Wingmate, our new giving app!
Would you like to make a REAL DIFFERENCE, in REAL TIME? With our new app you can choose to donate every time we meet key milestones – such as every 100 passengers we fly or every 50 hours in the air – to support the future of our work. Find out more and help make a difference right away!
Conflict, Security, Peace and Reconciliation
MAF Operations
20 May 2024
New podcast Ep.7 – ‘Flying in the face of insecurity’
Given Papua New Guinea's recent fuel crisis and escalating civil unrest, how do you stay safe in such a volatile country? Pilot Andrew Symmonds, who was caught up in the riots, and Andy Hedley-Smith - MAF International’s head of security and former close protection manager at the Metropolitan Police - share their top tips.
Severe floods have devastated communities near Kenya’s Rift Valley (credit: Jacqueline Mwende)
Disaster Response
Natural Environment
17 May 2024
MAF steps up disaster response to Kenyan floods
Devastating floods in Kenya have claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands of people since torrential rain lashed the country since March. MAF’s disaster response team has been undertaking aerial survey flights and delivering aid to relieve suffering. MAF’s Sean Atkins and Jacqueline Mwende report ...
MAF responds to one of Guinea’s worst road accidents in recent history (credit: Joel Conte)
Disaster Response
01 May 2024
MAF medevacs injured to hospital after horrific bus crash in Guinea
On 24 April, a bus destined for Guinea’s capital Conakry plunged into a ravine killing 16 people and injuring more than 50 following a burst tyre. MAF’s newest programme swung into action and joined the national rescue effort by medevacking seven of the most seriously injured to hospital. MAF’s Joel Conte reports ...
By 2030, global debt could rise to 100% of GDP as per the IMF (credit: Tanya Spronk, SIL)
29 Apr 2024
MAF flies financial counsellors to Australia’s far-flung Elcho Island
As world leaders gather at this year’s World Economic Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, its president Borge Brende warns of global debt rising to levels not seen since the 1820s. Even Elcho Island residents in Australia’s remote Northern Territory aren't immune from financial pressures. MAF’s Janne Rytkonen catches up with frequent flyers and financial counsellors to the Yolngu - Anglicare ...
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