MAF can be a tricky organisation to get your head around. It's next to impossible to sum up in a sentence exactly what we do. The reason for this, is that what we do differs from country to country.
And we are serving in 27 countries!
The principle is always the same though, we use light aircraft and technology to transform the lives of people living in remote communities around the world.
You probably don't have an hour to read this email, so we're just going to look at five of the MAF programmes here. This will give you an insight into how different (but effective) each programme can be!
First up, Uganda...
MAF's operation in Uganda began in 1987.
Working with national church groups, mission groups, development and relief agencies and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) the current operation has six aircraft based at Kajjansi Airfield.
Here's the breakdown for 2018:
✈️ 6 aircraft (Cessna 206 and Cessna Caravan 208B)
♟♟ 59 staff (including 44 national and 15 international)
✙ 40+ destinations accessed right across the country
⛑️ Over 400 organisations served in 2017
Despite making enormous progress in reducing poverty, Uganda continues to rely heavily on the support of foreign aid.
MAF flights make areas plagued by rebel activity and insecurity accessible, preventing vulnerable communities from being cut off when roads become impassable during the rainy season.
MAF flights assist these areas, as well as ministry to refugee’s camps and the under-developed Karamoja region in the north-east.
We enable others to provide education, assist victims of violence, provide training in farming techniques, reduce incidents of domestic violence and HIV, help people earn an income through carpentry and sewing.
MAF's operation in PNG began in 1951.
It started with one man (Harry Hartwig) with one aircraft (an Auster Autocar). It's now grown into one of our biggest operations.
Here's the breakdown for 2018:
✈️ 12 aircraft (incl. GA8s, Cessna Caravans, Twin Otters)
♟♟ 126 staff (incl. 93 national and 33 international)
✙ 200+ destinations accessed right across the country
⛑️ 28 organisations served in 2017
A vital aspect of our role is the provision of air transport for people in remote or isolated communities with no other means of assistance.
Day to day, and in times of emergency or family crisis, MAF is their lifeline.
Communities rely on our aircraft and the tiny bush airstrips as their primary means of transport. Flying includes transport for medical evacuations to hospitals, health, education, essential supplies, community development projects, government, businesses, aid agencies, primary produce, mail and building supplies
Carrying local vegetables and coffee to market enables people in remote places to generate income, facilitate community development, provide school fees, and support local pastors. Essential supplies are regularly flown into these communities.
With the growth of a strong PNG Church, our role has developed from mostly supporting expatriate missionaries to meeting the air service needs of local Church pastors, Bible Colleges, teachers, students, medical staff and development workers.
✈️ 6 aircraft (Cessna 208B Caravans and Cessna 182
♟♟ 61 staff (44 national and 17 international)
✙ 56 destinations accessed
⛑️ More than 200 organisations served in 2017
You’ve probably seen it on the news recently. South Sudan is once again plagued by civil war. With famine on the doorstep, we are needed in this country more than ever.
We began flight operations in Sudan in 1950. Since then the operation has undergone many changes due to the conflicts and civil wars. Today, MAF operates 5 aircraft from South Sudan with extra support from the neighbouring MAF bases in Kenya and Uganda when needed.
Our flights take relief and development workers, missionaries and essential supplies into remote communities.
Without us they would be severely hampered in delivering humanitarian aid.
✈️ 1 aircraft (Amphibious Cessna 208)
♟♟ 21 staff (including 19 national and 2 international)
✙ 41 destinations accessed right across the country
⛑️ 75 organisations served in 2017
With over eight thousand kilometres of rivers, one third of Bangladesh is covered in water. The road network is very limited and so much of the country is very hard to access.
But not for us...
We have an amphibious (water or land) aircraft to serve humanitarian, medical, and NGO organisations allowing them to reach and assist some of the most remote areas of the country.
The high-wing, turbine-engine, aircraft is fitted with a pair of floats that allow it to take off and land on water or land. If there is a river or a runway in the vicinity, we can go there!
We are making an enormous difference to this country. We support many NGOs and government departments, slashing their travel time and greatly increasing their effectiveness.
There have been some terrible natural disasters in Bangladesh. In these times of great crisis MAF is there. We were there for the 2007 Bangladesh Flood and Cyclone Sidr, 2009’s Cyclone Alia and 2013 Cyclone Mahasen.
Our GA8 Airvans can transform overland journeys of several hours into just minutes. In the case of patients in critical condition, the time saved by a medical evacuation flight can be the difference between life and death.
It's an amazing thought! Immense mountain barriers which cut-off entire communities can be swiftly and safely overcome.
It's a small operation, but it packs a punch!
✈️ 2 aircraft (GA8 Airvan)
♟♟ 6 staff (including 2 national and 4 international)
✙ 9 destinations accessed right across the country
⛑️ 30 organisations served in 2017
Check out the video below to get a good sense of our work in Timor-Leste. Just hit the play button!
Till next time!
We hope you enjoyed getting a little taste of the different ways we can impact different countries. Pretty cool isn't it?
Stay tuned for our next email. In it we’ll introduce you to some of the families currently serving with MAF.
Thanks, and God bless,
The MAF UK Team